Living in Buffalo and being a craft beer fan is an embarrassment of riches. Each week, seeming each day, I’m blessed with an overabundance of great options each time I open my fridge and reach for a beer. Through the Buffalo Beer League, I am always looking for new ways to promote all of the delicious liquid being created right here in Western New York, so consider this column, The Best Thing I Drank This Week, just another vehicle to help spread the word of great local craft beer.

In this column, each week I will highlight the best beer I had the pleasure of imbibing the previous week, and will ask my BBL cohorts to submit their selections as well. So, not only will you get the best thing I drank this week, you will also be presented with further options and opinions from the rest of the guys as well. That way, if you’re looking for some new stuff to stock your beer fridge with (and you always should be), then you’ll have more than one item to add to your shopping list.

The Best Thing I Drank This Week: Big Ditch Brewing Pineapple Burner

Looking back, it’s sort of hard to believe that I haven’t already had this beer as the best thing I drank this week. Now granted, I’ve included a lot of Big Ditch beers recently in this column (hey, they make quality beer if you haven’t heard), but this has yet to be one of them – until now. Banger thy name is Big Ditch Brewing’s Pineapple Burner, aka Pineapple Hayburner. This beer is fantastic – bright and hoppy with notes of fresh pineapple juice. This beer is lovely and crushable with more a juice than flesh note. Has there been a bad variant of Hayburner?

  • Mark – Community Beer Works The Kviek and the Dead Farmhouse Ale
  • Brian – Thin Man Brewing x Slopp Brewing x Seven Islands Brewery Thin, Pink Flamingoes NEIPA
  • Jesse – Pressure Drop Brewing Space Monkey: Episode VI IPA

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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, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).