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: First Line Brewing Beasts in the East Buffalo IPA

I cracked into my first can of Beasts in the East Buffalo IPA during the second half of what became the Buffalo Bills first playoff win in a quarter century, and Jesse’s reaction perfectly sums up why this beer was the best beer I drank this week – “Damn.” Beasts in the East is juicy and bursting with bright and creamy tropical fruit notes, before a soft and smooth finish rounds it out. First Line sold out of cans of this beer on day one last week, and are releasing more this week, so don’t sleep on it.

  • Mark – Flying Bison Brewing Aviator Red
  • Scott – First Line Brewing Beasts in the East Buffalo IPA
  • Jesse – First Line Brewing Beasts in the East Buffalo 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).