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The Complete Guide to WNY Breweries

Thin Man Brewery

Thin Man Brewery / Photo x Colin Gordon

Updated July 2018

If you’ve been reading Step Out Buffalo you know there’s lots ‘brewing’ in Buffalo and Western New York. So, we thought we’d ‘hop’ to it and get you sorted out with a comprehensive list of (open) breweries and brewpubs crafting beer in the area. It’s the ‘yeast’ we could do. Malt. Criteria that must be met to be considered a brewery: brewing beer on site. Enjoy!

 

Beer flight of 12 Gates Brewery Beers

12 Gates Brewing Co. / Photo x Jessica Kelly

12 Gates Brewing Company

Williamsville, Northtowns

80 Earhart Dr, Williamsville NY, 14221

Brewery   Bar

Opened in December 2015 by a group of eight owners according to Business First, 12 Gates is a bit difficult to find as it’s tucked way back off the road (just FYI). Once you do you’ll likely be greeted by friendly bartenders, soft lighting, reclaimed wood decor, and a glass backdrop behind the bar displaying the vessels that brew. Light fare (similar to Resurgence or Hamburg) is available as are some pretty hardcore flights.

What we had to say: 12 Gates Brewery Shakes Up Williamsville Bar Scene

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

12gatesbrewing.com

 

 

42 North Brewing Company, Step Out Buffalo

42 North Brewing Co. / Step Out Buffalo

42 North Brewing Co.

East Aurora / Southtowns

25 Pine St, East Aurora, NY 14052

Brewery   Bar

This beautiful brewery opened in October 2015 off Main Street in the Village of East Aurora. It features a long bar with plenty of room and tables for hanging out, snacky food, a view of the brewing room, board games, shuffleboard, a beer garden and of course, some interesting locally brewed beer.

What we had to say: Now Open: 42 North Brewing in East Aurora

Hours: Tuesday  – Thrusday 4pm -11pm, Friday&Saturday 12pm – 12am, Sunday 11am – 8pm

42northbrewing.com

 

Becker Brewing

Gasport / Niagara County

3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

The Becker Brewery at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards offers a variety of Becker brewed beers and ciders, each locally produced and hand crafted, as well as other craft beers from around the country. Visit the farm for a drink, a meal (including Sunday brunch), a tasting, or one of their many events.

Tasting Room Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 11am to 6pm; Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 9pm; Sunday: 10am-6pm

Food Service Hours: Wednesday 11am – 4pm, Thursday -Saturday – 11am to 9pm, Sunday – 10am-2pm

beckerfarms.com

 

Big Ditch Brewing Co. in Buffalo NY -

Big Ditch Brewing Co.

Big Ditch Brewing Co.

Business District / Downtown

55 East Huron, Buffalo, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

Big Ditch opened their tap room in Spring of 2015 and has it all – tons of their own brews on tap at all times, a full dinner menu with great food and a really cool space with three different sections for eating, lounging and drinking. A great option if you’re looking for a delicious meal to go with your local beer experience.

What we had to say: Now Open: Big Ditch Brewing Company’s Tap Room

Hours:  Monday – Wed 11am – 10pm; Thurs – Fri: 11am – 12 am; Sat: 12 pm – 12 am; Sun:  12pm-8pm

Bigditchbrewing.com

 

BlackBird Cider Works

Barker, Niagara County

8503 Lower Lake Rd, Barker, NY

Cidery 

This Niagara County farm cidery (which we consider close enough to a brewery and equally as cool) is 30 minutes northeast of Lockport overlooking Lake Ontario. On site you’ll find a tasting room with several varieties of cider to try and an apple orchard which feeds production of BlackBird’s craft hard ciders. You can even take a private orchard tour (must be scheduled ahead of time).

Hours: June- October: Monday – Saturday 11 am – 5pm; Saturday: 11am-6pm; Sunday 12 pm – 6pm

blackbirdciders.com

 

Buffalo Brewing Co.

Larkin District / Buffalo

314 Myrtle Ave, Buffalo

A modest operation that opened summer 2016 just down the street from Larkin Square. These guys are doing things a bit differently than some other breweries on this list. The space is limited to production and quick tastings/growler fills for starters – no food here. Plus, when it comes to beer they aren’t necessarily taking the same hop-heavy approach as their contemporaries, rather they’re focusing on investing in buying quality malts.

What we had to say: New in Larkin District: Buffalo Brewing Co.

 

Hours: Tuesday&Thursday&Friday: 4pm-8pm; Saturday: 12pm-8pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm

buffalo-brewing-company.com

 

Buffalo Brew Pub

Williamsville, Northtowns

6861 Main Street, Williamsville, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

Around since before craft brewing was cool (1986!), the Buffalo Brew Pub has long been a staple for beer lovers in the Northtowns. All that craft beer experience adds up to a well-curated beer list, including a number of seasonal in-house brews. Visit for a cold beer and lunch or dinner seven days a week.

Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:30 am – 12:00 am, Fri – Sat 11:30 am – 1 am, Sun 11:30 pm – 12 am

Buffalobrewpub.com

 

Flight of Community Beer Works beer

Flight of Community Beer Works beer at Hydraulic Hearth

Community Beer Works

West Side / Downtown

15 Lafayette Ave, Buffalo NY

Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 3pm-10pm, Saturday: 12pm-10pm, Sunday: 12pm-8pm

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Community Beer Works @ Hydraulic Hearth

Larkinville / Downtown

716 Swan St, Buffalo, NY

Bar   Restaurant

While the Lafayette Avenue brewery location is a retail space only, CBW has a satellite operation at Hydraulic Hearth that features an exclusive in-house beer. Hang out in Hydraulic Hearth’s beer garden in summer months and pair Community Beer Works brews with some wood-fired zaa.

More info: Larkinville Festivities Extend to Hydraulic Hearth

Brewery Hours: Wed-Fri: 3 pm – 10pm; Sat 12 pm – 10pm; Sun: 12pm-8pm

Communitybeerworks.com

 

 

Ellicottville Brewing Co., Best Buffalo Brewery Guide, Step Out Buffalo

Photo from Ellicottville Brewing Co.’s Facebook

Ellicottville Brewing Company

Ellicottville / Southern Tier

28 Monroe Street, Ellicottville NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

With a full menu and fresh-built patio/beer garden, EBC is one of the most established local breweries for a reason. Visit for a tour, meal or just a few beers.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am – 9 pm, Friday&Saturday: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm,

Ellicottvillebrewing.com

Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing

Westfield, Southern Tier

8398 West Main Road (Rt. 20), Westfield, New York

Brewery

These guys down in the Southern Tier have their hands full as New York State’s first combination winery, distillery and brewery as of 2015. Five and 20 offers 5 craft beers but stop by for a taste of all sorts of alcoholic beverages and relax on their patio during warmer months.

Hours:

July – August
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 8pm; Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

September – June
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

fiveand20.com

 

Flying Bison Brewing CO.. Best Buffalo Brewery Guide, Step Out Buffalo

Photo from Flying Bison’s Facebook

Flying Bison Brewing Company

Larkinville, Downtown

840 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY

Brewery   Bar

As one of Buffalo’s most mature brewing companies, Flying Bison is on the hit list of locals and visitors alike. Their new space in Larkinville has an on-site tasting room serving pints and samples during Larking Square’s Food Truck Tuesday events during summer months. Plus they host group events and offer tours on Thursdays and Fridays @ 6pm, and Saturdays at 1pm & 4pm.

What we had to say: Grand Opening Celebration for Flying Bison’s New Location

Retail Hours:  Thurs – Sat 12 pm – 8 pm

Flyingbisonbrewing.com

 

Four Mile Brewing

Olean, Southern Tier

202 E Greene St, Olean, New York

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

For some Buffalonians, this may be pushing the boundries of how far you’ll travel to try a new craft beer. But if you’re willing to treck an hour and a half south to Olean, or if by chance you find yourself there already, visit Four Mile Brewing for locally made beer and pub food.

Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-11pm; Sunday 10am-7pm

fourmilebrewing.com

 

Gordon Biersch

Cheektowaga

P102 Galleria Drive, Cheektowaga, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

Although Gordon Biersch is a chain restaurant, their brewers are bound by the German tradition of only including four ingredients in their beer: water, hops, malt and yeast. Gordon Biersch also hosts a number of beer dinners and other brewery events.

Hours: Mon – Thurs 11 am – 12 am, Fri – Sat 11 am – 1 am, Sun 11 am – 11 pm

Gordonbiersch.com

 

Hamburg Brewing Co., Best Breweries in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

Hamburg Brewing Co.

Hamburg Brewing Co.

Hamburg / Southtowns

6553 Boston State Rd. Hamburg NY

Brewery   Bar

This chalet-style brewpub with a snack-focused menu offers a great selection of housemade brews and tours of the brewery, including the train room. During the winter, cozy up by the fire. In the summer, bask in the sun in their beautiful beer garden. A visit here will leave you very pleasantly surprised with Western New York.

What we had to say: Unmatched Beer Sipping Venue at Hamburg Brewing

Hours: Mon&Tues: 3-10pm, Wed-Sat: 12-10pm, Sun: 12-8pm

Hamburgbrewing.com

New York Beer Project

6933 S Transit Rd, Lockport

A project if we’ve ever seen one! This huge brewery/tap room/restaurant/community hub has multiple bars, floors, and unique spaces galore. They serve food, have oversized games, tons of chalkboards, and part of the space is open to the production floor. NYBP was supposedly built on the property of Lockport Legend, Walter Kohl. They even have a Kolsch style beer named after “the iconic man”.

What We Had to Say: NYBP Brings Brewery & Gastropub Experience to Lockport

Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am – 1am; Sunday: 10am-10pm

nybeerproject.com

 

Best Buffalo Brewery Guide, Step Out Buffalo, Gene McCarthys OFW Brewing Co.

Photo from Gene McCarthy’s Facebook

OFW Brewing @ Gene McCarthy’s

Old Frist Ward / South Buffalo

73 Hamburg St, Buffalo, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

An Old First Ward staple pub with a full menu and family-friendly atmosphere. They brew the OFW beer right next door to the pub. The beer garden outside backs up to the Gene McCarthys bar where they have an uber-convenient beer window.

What we had to say: The Best Spots to Bike for a Bite or a Brew in the Old Neighborhood

Hours: Sunday – Friday 11 am – 12am, Satuday: 11am-1pm

Genemccarthys.com

 

Buffalo Pedal Tours

Pan Am Grill and Brewery / Photo by Jessica Kelly

Lafayette Brewing Company

Business District / Downtown

391 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

The Pan-American Grill is literally built atop Buffalo history within the Lafayette Hotel. The brewpub inhabits the hotel’s former grand dining room and mezzanine. It also features beers from its sister brewpub Pearl Street Grill.

What we had to say: 12 Best Fireplace Bars, Restaurants and Cafes

Hours: Sun- Thurs 11 am – 9 pm, Fri& Sat: 11 am – 11 pm

Buffalobrewerydistrict.com/panam

 

Pearl Street Grill

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

Pearl Street Grill and Brewery

Business District / Downtown

76 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

With multiple floors and balconies overlooking downtown Buffalo, Pearl Street Grill and Brewery is by far the biggest brewpub in Western New York, featuring a full menu and spaces for weddings and other large events.

What we had to say: Pearl Street Grill and Brewery is a Downtown Staple

Hours: Mon – Sat 11 am – 12am, Sun 12 pm – 12am

Pearlstreetgrill.com

 

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Resurgence Brewing Co. / Step Out Buffalo

Resurgence Brewing Co.

West Side / Downtown

1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY

Brewery   Bar

Resurgence Brewery opened in the summer of 2014 to a whole lot of excited Buffalonians waiting to get their hands on the fun flavors this local brewery brings to the table (think Loganberry Wit, 5.5% and Sponge Candy Stout, %6). These guys have made a name for themselves by having several beers on tap, a solid snack-focused menu and a family friendly environment in a beer hall style space. Plus, their epic beer garden “where like-minded people can share ideas over a delicious and refreshing brew that was carefully crafted just few feet away” doesn’t hurt. They also have giant games inside and out like Jenga and Four Square.

What we had to say: A Huge Taste of Resurgence

Hours: Tues-Thurs: 4 – 10 pm, Fri 1pm – 11:30 pm, Sat 12 pm – 11:30 pm, Sun 12 pm – 7 pm

Resurgencebrewing.com

 

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Company

West Seneca / Southtowns

4350 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY

Brewery   Bar

One of the smaller breweries in WNY, Rusty Nickel offers a cozy tasting room in front and an expansive secluded beer garden out back.

What we had to sayDoors Open at Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Hours: Mon – Fri 5 pm – 10:30 pm, Sat 12 pm – 11:30pm, Sun 12pm-8pm

Rustynickelbrewing.com

 

Southern Tier Brewing Co, Best Buffalo Brewery Guide, Step Out Buffalo

Photo from Southern Tier Brewing Co.’s Facebook

Southern Tier Brewing

Lakewood / Southern Tier

2072 Stoneman Center, Lakewood, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

Southern Tier’s The Empty Pint brewpub is a bit of a trek from downtown Buffalo, but the brewing company’s array of beers is all there, with a “pub grub” menu to match.

All-Year Beers:  IPA, 2XIPA, Phin & Matt’s American Pale Ale, 2XStout, Porter

Seasonal Beers: stbcbeer.com/our-beers

Brewpub Hours: Wed – Fri 4 pm – 10 pm, Sat 12 pm – 10 pm, Sun 12 pm – 6 pm

Stbcbeer.com

 

Thin Man Brewery

Thin Man Brewery

Thin Man Brewery

Elmwood Village, Downtown

490 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

First they opened as a highly anticipated restaurant complete with multiple bars, floors, patios, and decked out from top to bottom in a crash test dummy theme. Chef Bruce Wizela led the kitchen staff upon opening, allowing for a newsworthy opening on the food front. Now that they’ve got their footing as the new Elmwood Village go-to bar and restaurant, it’s time for the beer brewed on site to start flowin’. Pro tip: They have complimentary parking in Gallagher ramp across from Thin Man Brewery. Save your ticket and have it validated by their staff, and your parking will be free!

What We Had to Say: Elmwood Hits the Jackpot with Thin Man Brewery

Hours: Monday–Thurs: 3:00pm – 1:00am, Friday: 3pm-2am; Saturday: 11am–2:00am, Sunday: 11:00pm–12:00am

thinmanbrewery.com

 

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company

Wilson / Niagara County

638 Lake Street, Wilson, NY

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

A revitalized old cold storage space that serves (mostly) house-brewed craft beers north of Buffalo.

Hours: Tues-Thurs 12 pm – 9 pm; Fri&Sat: 12pm-10pm; Sun 12 pm – 7 pm

Woodcockbrothersbrewery.com

 

Steelbound Brewery

Ellicottville / Cattaraugus County

6600 Rte 219, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

If you’re looking for a little getaway, good food and drinks, and atmosphere, Steelbound is your next stop.

Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 12pm-9pm; Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-11pm; Sunday: 12pm-7pm

 

West Shore Brewing Company

Clarence / North Towns

10995 Main StClarence, NY 14031

Brewery   

If you like IPA’s this is your go to brewery! With tons of beers to try you will find yourself having a great time with friends.  Although there is no food offered here, feel free to bring your own munchies with you!

Hours: Thursday & Friday: 4pm-8pm; Saturday: 12pm-8pm

 

Buffalo Brewpub

Williamsville/ North Towns

6861 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

Brewery   Bar   Restaurant

Nothing is better than beer and burgers. This Brewpub is the hot spot for some good beer on tap and enormous burgers!

 

Are we missing your brewery? Did you just open a brewery and it hasn’t been added to this list yet? Email us at info@stepoutbuffalo.com!

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