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: West Shore Brewing Imperial Banana Cream Pie Stout

West Shore Brewing’s Imperial Banana Cream Pie Stout is really is what it says it is – banana and chocolate aromas, and smooth flavors reminiscent of a frozen chocolate covered banana and banana cream pie. It’s not overly sweet or thick, thanks to the hefeweizen yeast, and while we wouldn’t call this a pastry stout, it’s along those lines.

  • Mark – Other Half Brewing Broc Phantasy Imperial IPA
  • Scott – Other Half Brewing DDH Strata + Mosaic Imperial IPA
  • Jesse – Pressure Drop Brewing Deep Search IPA

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***Featured image courtesy of West Shore Brewing

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).