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: Community Beer Works Strawberry Gold

Strawberry Gold marks Buffalo’s first foeder-aged ale, brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Lexington Co-op. And, as they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and Strawberry Gold certainly one hell of one. Simply put – it’s fantastic; lightly tart berry notes with a smooth finish. It’s refreshing as can be with each sip. There’s a reason this beer went uber-quick in cans – I was sitting at the bar and can sold out right under my nose. Oh well, that ones on me. I did drink my fair share of drafts.

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  • Jesse – Pressure Drop Brewing Space Coyote 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).