StepOutBuffalo Wants Us All To Drink Local has launched a new Drink Local section, which was created in partnership with Taste NY, an initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. This program is designed to increase awareness of local beverage producers in Western New York and give locals and visitors an easy-to-navigate, accessible way to learn more about the region’s’ up-and-coming craft beverage industry. The Drink Local section features business listings for all area craft beverage producers complete with product lists, photos, hours of operation, special event postings and articles on products, staff, techniques, events and the experience of visiting and touring these local craft beverage facilities. Check it out right now at

Deep Cut Cans Return For Round 2

Cans of Big Ditch Brewing’s Deep Cut Double IPA will go back on sale on Saturday, March 11 at 11am and the brewery is making some changes for round two. 75-100 cases will be available this weekend, with another 75-100 cases hitting the sales floor the following weekend on Mar. 18 (11am). Purchase limits have also been lifted for the foreseeable future. Deep Cut will be available in 16 oz. 4-pack cans (for a tasty price of $14.99). And for those that miss out on the cans, Deep Cut will be on tap for pints and growler fills. Big Ditch has also promised that this will not be the last time that they can Deep Cut, with tentative plans for monthly releases.

Strykersville’s Windy Brew Is Open For Business

It certainly looks like the weather is picking up in Strykersville. OK, terrible pun aside, Wyoming County’s Windy Brew, opened by Bill and Michelle Snyder and inspired by Strykersville’s famous wind turbines, have officially opened their doors. The new microbrewery launched with eight beers on tap, English IPA, Snip’s West Coast IPA, Motueka Pale Ale, PTSD IPA, Sheldon Bush Cream Ale, Blondie’s Pale Ale, Red Cream Ale, Betsy’s Best Milk Stout and a pair of ciders, Berry and Raspberry Lime. Windy Brew will also offer a ‘brew your own’ option, which allows customers to choose from a list of beer recipes, take part in brewing the beer and then take some home when it’s completed. Windy Brew is open 4-9pm on Friday, 12-9pm Saturday and 12-6pm on Sundays. Visit for more information.

Southern Tier Goes Nu Skool With New IPA

Out with the old and in with the Nu – Skool that is. Southern Tier Brewing’s year-round beer offerings has grown by one with the addition of Nu Skool IPA, an Americanized IPA crammed with 3.5 pounds of experimental hop #07270, Mosaic, Simcoe and Equinox hops per barrel. “We spent over a year prototyping R&D versions of Nu Skool,” Southern Tier says of Nu Skool. “This final version is one special beer. It is an IPA with a slight malty sweetness, but overall balanced & brimming with tropical, fruity, spicy, piney & citrus character.” Pair with smoked meats, shellfish & spicy dishes or shortbread & tropical fruit tarts. Nu Skool can be found in cans (12oz. 6pk) and 12oz Bottles (6pk) as well as on draft.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.