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: Pressure Drop Brewing Cross Faded Hazy IPA

If you’ve read this column in the past, then you know Pressure Drop IPAs are no stranger to finding a home in this space. Cue Cross Faded Hazy IPA, one of their latest hoppy creations, a true homage to West Coast IPAs that clocks in at a beefy 8%. Cross Faded features all of the resinous mouthfeel, overripe tropical fruit, citrus and dank hops that you’ve come to expect from West Coast IPAs, which have become Pressure Drop’s bread and butter. Be warned though, I speak from experience when I say; this beer will sneak up on you, especially if you plan on enjoying a few in one session.

  • Mark – Trumer Pils
  • Scott – Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing The Mangolorian
  • Jesse – Community Beer Works x Gun Hill Brewing Laces Out, Dan DIPA

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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).