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: Hofbrauhaus Buffalo Doppelbock

Not only am I a fan and staunch supporter of all things craft lager, I also appreciate when old world beer styles gets some shine. Hofbrauhaus Buffalo’s Doppelbock is one such example of both. It’s brewed with Hallertau Magnum and Perle hops, along with Pilsner, Munich II, Caramunich III and Aromatic malts, to create a bready, toasted malt-forward body with subtle notes of cherry, plum, and raisin. It also drinks easy for 7.8%, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.

  • Mark – West Shore Brewing Mayhem Sour 5 – Pineapple Marshmallow Cake
  • Brian – Adroit Theory Dia De Los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout (Coffee/Coconut/Vanilla/Bourbon Maple)

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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).