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New: Other Half Brewing is Your Downtown Pit-Stop for a Pack of Craft Beers and a Round of Cornhole

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on July 20, 2022
Other Half Brewing / Photo courtesy of Other Half Brewing

With more than 1,100 beers to its name (many of them IPAs), Other Half Brewing is the perfect example of how far craft brewing has come in recent years.

Only about a decade ago, breweries were defined by their ‘core beers’. The Samuel Adams brand had its Boston Lager. Sierra Nevada had its Pale Ale. Genny had its Cream Ale. Also, craft breweries had to focus on putting out a range of beer styles, the thinking went, from crisp pilsners to hefty stouts.

Breweries like Other Half changed all that. Even though they focused on cranking out hoppy IPA after hoppy IPA, the Brooklyn-based brewery became known for lines of customers waiting for the latest beer release that stretched around city blocks.

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Other Half Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Other Half Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Other Half Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo

Like most things New York City, it took a while for Other Half to get to Buffalo. Now that it has, the brewery is slowly expanding operations of an indoor beer garden at the Seneca One Tower that it opened last summer. The brewery recently announced it had video games you can play and the Instagram account has been regularly dropping details about new beer garden features.

As it stands now, the Buffalo location feels like a bottle shop that exclusively sells Other Half. Located in a large glass atrium at the foot of the Seneca One tower, the new beer garden has a small bar, tables for seating. Vintage arcade games and pinball machines are located at one end. Outside, there’s plenty of seating and cornhole games are set up during nice weather.

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Other Half Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Other Half Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Other Half Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo

On our recent visit, 18 beers were available as to-go only, as either four-packs or large format bottles. For on-premise drinking, there were four different 16-ounce cans available, four different bottle pours, one cider and seven taps were pouring four different IPAs, two stouts and a hard seltzer. We found the bottle of Field Studies, a sour farmhouse ale, to be tangy and refreshing. Signature beers like Green City and All Green Everything features strong hop flavors, yes, but also a depth and complexity that many breweries just can’t achieve.

Being a pretty minimalist experience, the beer garden best functions as an add-on or essential craft beer pit stop. If you’re going to the Bisons game and want to start (or end) your gameday experience with a premier beer, Other Half is a great stop. If you work downtown and need to decompress before heading home, you can pop in for a pint and a 4-pack to go. Other Half also regularly stages releases of new beers on Saturday mornings, and lines for some new beers have been pretty long.

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Other Half Brewing / Photo courtesy of Other Half Brewing
Other Half Brewing / Photo courtesy of Other Half Brewing
Other Half Brewing / Photo courtesy of Other Half Brewing

There are plans for Other Half to switch to a different location in the Seneca One complex. Until then, Other Half is looking to engage with a cornhole league and events like Silent Disco. Keep an eye on that Instagram account to stay on top of the latest.

Hours at time of publishing (Subject to change): Tuesday to Friday 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday CLOSED

Other Half Brewing at Seneca One

1 Seneca St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $

Beer Bar/HallBrewery

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Other Half Brewing at Seneca One is open for on-premise drinks and drinks to-go! Swing by and hang with friends and family for both can and bottle pours ...

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/brett-smith/" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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