Guess Who’s Coming to Town – Beer Scene

By DJ Heider

The two latest and most notable arrivals of craft beer in Buffalo are Bells Brewery and Shiner Bock from the Spoetzl Brewery in Texas.


After a long wait Michigan based Bells, the seventh-largest craft brewer in the country has recently been introduced in Buffalo. Their flagship beer “Two Hearted Ale” leads the way with plenty of American malts and generous hop additions. This beer is a must try for any craft enthusiast. Bells is also rolling out these year round additions:

Amber, Porter, Midwest Pale Ale, Kalamazoo Stout (a 100 on Ratebeer.com)  as well as two season offerings Christmas Ale and Winter White. The Majority of Bells beers are seasonal releases.  Oberon Ale is available from late March to October and Best Brown is from October to March.  The Stouts are available on a schedule similar to that of the Best Brown. Bells also releases one time only “Millennial” brews to commemorate each of its successive 100 batches. All in all this addition of Bells beer to the Buffalo area is a welcomed one for craft beer enthusiasts alike.

As for the Spoetzl brewery they lead the way with their most notable beer Shiner Bock, a very approachable dark lager weighing in at 4.4%. This beer has somewhat of a cult following and varying opinions of its taste and flavor. Shiner Bock has been brewed since 1913, almost as long as the brewery has been in business.  However, it wasn’t until a few decades ago that Shiner began producing Bock year-round. Bock was considered a lent beer, and therefore was only made around that season. Today 73% of the beer made at  the Spoetzl Brewery is Shiner Bock.   Also in the market are the Winter Cheer (seasonal) and their 12 Pack Variety.

Pick some up to try at your nearest Consumers Beverages location today. Cheers!

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