If you participated in Dry January, congratulations, you’ve made it through, and you’re a healthier person for it. But along the way you missed a number of tasty craft brews that were released into the wild across Western New York over these past 30 days. And if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you might want to find one or two of these beers in your glass sometime soon. So, in my never ending quest to try and do everything I can to make the best and brightest local craft brews easier to find for all of you, here is a list of January releases you might have missed.
Wayland Brewing – Foray Czech Pale Lager & Ember Czech Amber Lager
In case you missed it, Orchard Park’s Wayland Brewing have added a pair of side pull beer faucets to their tap system and have introduced two new lagers, Foray Czech Pale Lager and Ember Czech Amber Lager. The former was light, sweet, and crisp, with big crackery malt notes, while the latter was easy drinking with notes of spice, caramel, malt, and toffee. Both Foray and Ember are available on side pull and in 12oz. 6-pack cans to go now. If you’re going to hit up Wayland, I would also suggest grabbing a pour of their Old Growth Oak Aged Brown Ale.
Froth Brewing – House Black Lager
Froth Brewing has added to their collection of house lagers with the release of House Czech Black Lager, a 4.8% dark lager that features a fluffy, pillow-like head with notes of caramel, coffee and chocolate. This is the third beer the brewery is featuring on their Lukr side pull taps, joining their House Amber Lager and their House Pale Lager. (Availability: Draft, cans)
Big Ditch Brewing – Stop Counting Carbs IPA
If you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s Resolutions, then Big Ditch has a new IPA tailor made just for you. Stop Counting Carbs is a 7% hazy IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin, El Dorado, and Trident hops, featuring notes of citrus, melon, and white grape. (Availability: Draft, cans)
Magic Bear Beer Cellar x One-Eyed Cat Brewing Binturong
For their latest in-house collaboration, Larkin’s Magic Bear Beer Cellar is teaming up with Williamsville’s One-Eyed Cat Brewing. The result is Binturong (I’ll save you a Google search – a Binturong is a bearcat), a 3.8% English style Ordinary Bitter that’s malt forward with a touch of floral and grassy hops. (Availability: Draft)
Hofbrauhaus Buffalo – Schwarzbier
This is a dark German lager that balances roasted, yet smooth, malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness. The lighter body, dryness and lack of a heavy aftertaste helps make this beer quite drinkable. (Availability: Draft)
Old First Ward Brewing – Ten Years After
Gene McCarthy’s is celebrating ten years of Old First Ward Brewing with the release of Ten Years After, a 10.6% imperial stout brewed with a base of Floor Malted Maris Otter Malt along with specialty English crystal malts and numerous types of roasted and chocolate malts from the U.K and Netherlands. It features notes of slightly bitter dark chocolate, deep molasses, and a hint of chocolate covered raisins, ending with a touch of hop bitterness to compliment the booze. (Availability: Draft)
Smoldered Society – Illusion of Society Double IPA
Smoldered Society is back with Illusion of Society, their first ever Double IPA. This 8.5% DIPA is brewed with Citra Cyro, Azacca CGX, Rakau, Loral and Phantasm Powder. If a Double IPA isn’t your thing, Smoldered Society has also dropped Shadows on the Moon Mango Lassi Sour Ale. (Availability: Cans)
Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the 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 email@example.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).