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: Old First Ward Brewing Heisenberg Imperial Hefeweizen

Heisenberg Imperial Hefeweizen, one of our favorite beers ever from Old First Ward Brewing, aka Gene McCarthy’s, is also the best thing we drank last week. This is beer is one of a kind in Buffalo – creamy notes of banana, citrus and clove. And bonus points for the fact that we are still able to drink this beer at the brewery, inside Gene’s heated outdoor tent, an experience which have enjoyed multiple times over the past few weeks.  (Beer chosen by Mark)

  • Scott: Thin Man Brewery x Equilibrium Brewing Combat Wombat Double IPA
  • Jesse: 42 North Brewing Halt! Who Gose There?
  • Brian: Pressure Drop Brewing Pineapple Sticky Icky 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).