Chocolatey Beer for Valentine’s Day

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CHOCOLATEY BEER FOR VALENTINE’S DAY AT BUFFALO’S BEER STORE

Nothing says I love you more than chocolatey beer for Valentine’s Day. Stop into Consumer’s Beverages and pick some up for that special someone, even if that special someone is you!

Ellicottville Brewing Co – Chocolate Cherry Bomb
Style: Imperial Stout | ABV: 8.20%
Brewed with chocolate malt, sumptuous dark Oregon sweet cherries, and Love.

YOUNG’S – Double Chocolate Stout
Style: Milk/Sweet Stout | ABV: 5.20%
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavored dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.

SOUTHERN TIER – Choklat
Style: Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.0%
Bittersweet chocolate with a light cherry taste. It finishes with a more bitter chocolate taste and a little touch of vanilla.

FLYING MONKEYS – The Chocolate Manifesto
Style: Milk Stout | ABV: 10.0%
Made with three kinds of chocolate, raw cacao nibs, cacao powder, and chocolate malt making this beer a euphoric detour from the mundane.

BROOKLYN BREWERY – Black Chocolate Stout
Style: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.0%
This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces.

SAMUEL SMITH – Organic Chocolate Stout
Style: English Stout | ABV: 5.0%
Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water is drawn from 85 feet underground). It has a smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavors and a delightful finish.

LINDEMANS – Framboise
Style: Lambic Style – Fruit | ABV: 2.50%
Although this is not a chocolatey beer it blends well with Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout creating a delicious chocolatey, raspberry sensation. By itself, this framboise is a clean natural tasting brew with undertones of fresh raspberries and a wonderful aroma.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Beer Lovers

Holiday Gift Ideas for Beer Lovers

Looking for a unique gift to get a beer lover you know? Here are 5 gift ideas we, as beer experts, suggest.

1. Give the gift of beer with a Consumers Beverages gift card. A Consumer’s Beverages Gift Card makes the perfect stocking stuffer. It is great for anyone 21 and older. Stop in to any of our 17 Consumers Beverages locations and pick one up or order online today. Online orders placed before 3:00PM EST ship the same day.

2. Another great stocking stuffer – Tickets to “Buffalo on Tap!” Join us January 14th at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for the 5th annual “Buffalo on Tap.” Sample over 150 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. General Admission tickets are $38 (no service fees when bought at Consumers Beverages stores) and they are available at all of our 17 locations. Get your tickets today. Cheers!

3. Love saving money? A TapTrails Map is the perfect gift for the Buffalo craft beer lover. The TapTrails map is a self guided tour of all of Buffalo’s great breweries featuring over $125 in discounts for only $10! TapTrails Maps fit great in the holiday stocking and are available at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations.

4. Gift Baskets & Boxes : Featuring unique, hand picked selections of award winning micro-brews from the US and around the globe. These beer baskets/boxes are the perfect gift for the beer lover on your list who is looking for a variety of different beers.

5. Carry your fresh filled beer in style with a, one-of-a-kind, 64oz. screw-top growler jug. Our new special edition growler jugs are in stock at all 17 Consumers Beverages locations. Stop by and pick one up to share some holiday cheer (and beer!)

Reviewed by:
CHRIS GROVES
CERTIFIED CICERONE®

Beers to Drink on Thanksgiving

Beers to Drink on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I’m sure everyone already knows what they are going to eat, but does everyone know what they will have to drink? I would like to tell you a few drinks that the employees here at Consumer’s Beverages shared with us.

Chris who is our creative director said that he will drink Flying Bison Buffalo Lager the day before Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving. He said it’s just a beer you don’t get sick of. It is a 5.2% ABV – Light bodied golden beer. Buffalo Lager is a great “first beer of the day”. Matches well with lighter tasting foods, milder cheeses or great all on its own. It has a very balanced flavor with a soft, clean finish.

Jon our buyer said he is going to drink Ommegang Hennepin because it really pairs well with turkey and stuffing. This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons, especially Fall. It is spicy and refreshing. Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.

Brad our marketing director said he will be drinking a few different beers because there are just too many great ones to chose from. He said he will start with Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale which is famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas. He will then have Big Ditch Excavator for dinner because it really pairs well with stuffing and mashed potatoes which he can never get enough of. Last but not least, he will have Founders Backwoods Bastard with his pie after dinner.

Amanda our graphic designer said that she will have Longtrail Cranberry Gose because she is a vegetarian and it really pairs well with salad, which she will be having this Thanksgiving. It is brewed with cranberries from the Bluewater Farms in Massachusetts, coriander and a splash of salt. The result is a refreshingly tart and effervescent cranberry concoction built to fuel your warm weather-inspired wanderlust.

Brett our IT guy said he will be drinking UFO Pumpkin which he has been drinking every Thanksgiving since 2011. He loves that it is easy to drink and it leaves a pumpkin aftertaste on the back of your tongue.

Diane our human resource manager said that she will switch between Blackbird Estate Reserve Cider,which is a semi-dry cider with a crisp and refreshing finish, and Cider Creek Saison Reserve Cider, which has moderate tartness and a semi-dry sweetness.

Donna our office manager said that she really enjoys light beers and that she will be drinking just a few Allagash White before dinner. It is brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.

We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

All of these drinks can be found at Consumer’s Beverages. Now what will you be drinking this Thanksgiving?

Reviewed by:
CHRIS GROVES
CERTIFIED CICERONE®

Ballpark Brew Bash 2016

Ballpark Brew Bash 2016

 

This September 24th in Downtown Buffalo at the Coca Cola Field, we are proud to be the sponsor of the 2016 Ballpark Brew Bash. Tickets are on sale now and will be available at all of our 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. They are also available at the Buffalo Bisons Ticket Office, and online at Tickets.com.  This is an event you are not going to want to miss! Here is your chance to try different beers from all over the world. Over 50 breweries will proudly be pouring some of the finest craft beer available in the U.S.A. With your ticket you will get admission to the event, a souvenir tasting glass, program and 20 tasting tickets which can be redeemed for one 3oz. beer sample each. Additional tastings are $1. If you’re lucky enough to snag a VIP ticket, you’ll be rewarded with a tasting of more than 20 rare beers never before seen at a beer festival in Buffalo. You will be in a special section of the Brew Bash which is located inside Pettibones Grille. Pettibones offers an awesome view of the Ballpark with room to sit, relax and enjoy your time. You also get to enjoy a food spread feating a carving station, cheese plates and much more. You must be 21 or older in order to participate. We hope to see you there!

Reviewed by:
CHRIS GROVES
CERTIFIED CICERONE®

Beer of the Month – July

Beer of the Month – July

 

The Beer of the Month for the month of July is Founders Brewing Co. They have been brewing since 1997. Located in Grand Rapids, MI, Founders prides themselves on making full flavored ales in a broad range of traditional and experimental styles. Not only has Founders Brewing Co. been ranked in the top breweries of the world by Ratebeer.com or have several beers listed in the top one hundred beers of the world on Beeradvocate.com, but they also have won six world beer cup medals, four European beer star medals and three Great American Beer festival medals. If you have yet to try their beer, this is the time! Stop into Consumer’s Beverages and pick yourself up a 6-pack or 12-pack and rate their beer yourself! Also, beer sure to check out our ad page on our website to see what amazing deals we have going on!

Reviewed by:
CHRIS GROVES
CERTIFIED CICERONE®

Beers to Enjoy this Summer

Beers to enjoy this Summer

 

Today, June 20th, marks the first day of summer, which means nice weather and cool drinks. Beer is one highlight of summer and also a great factor to tie into going to the beach, camping, BB Q’s, concerts, boating and any other summer outings there are! Who doesn’t love to grab an ice-cold beer with beads of water dripping off of it? Here are a few summer beer choices to make your summer that much better. 1.) Brooklyn’s Summer Ale – Summer in Brooklyn is all about following your impulses, winging it from beaches and barbecues to stoops and rooftops. Brooklyn Summer Ale is a refreshing, flavorful pale ale made to accompany you on all your warm weather adventures. 100% British 2-row barley brings its famed bready flavors, capped off with German and American hops to provide a snappy, clean bitterness and a bright, floral aroma. It’s a sunny pale ale, Brooklyn style, which can be enjoyed in Buffalo. 2.) Bell’s Oberon Ale – Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouth feel, making it a classic summer beer. Made with only 4 ingredients, and without the use of any spices or fruit, Oberon is the color and scent of a sunny afternoon. 3.) Samuel Adam’s Porch Rocker – Tart & refreshing, this unique summer quencher is a twist on the Bavarian Radler, named for cyclists that originated this drink. Traditionally a mixture of beer and lemonade, it combined the crispness of a golden Helles lager with a blend of lemons to create a fresh squeezed tangy taste perfect for the long yet fleeting days of summer. 4.) Harpoon’s UFO Big Squeeze Shandy – When Harpoon first started thinking of a UFO summer seasonal, they knew they had their work cut out for them. They loaded up the vans for the beach and spent days “researching” every combination of fresh fruit juice and beer they could think of until they discovered a combination that made their decision easy. UFO Big Squeeze Shandy is sweet with a hint of tartness, making it perfect for all of your summer adventures! 5.) Sierra Nevada Summerfest – Since their invention in the 1840s, Pilsener-style beers have become the world’s most popular style. With a nod toward the original Czech tradition, Summerfest is brewed to feature the best of Bohemian nature. Crisp, golden, dry and incredibly drinkable, Summerfest has a delicate and complex malt flavor, spicy and floral hop character—the perfect warm weather beer. 6.) Saranac 12 Beers of Summer – A variety pack that includes – Summer Pils: A crisp, refreshing German-style pilsener with an American (hop) twist. Perfect for summer days, nights and in-between. Kolsch: This light-bodied blonde ale pays homage to a 1000-year tradition rooted in Germany. Easy to drink. Hard to forget. Let the journey begin. NY Local Weiss: A unique NY beer brewed with local grains such as wheat, rye, oats and barley. Have a Weiss and try to say “unique New York” twice! Gen IV: Inspired by four generations of brewing: Fred and Nick Matt helped “pilot brew” this Session IPA with a hop-forward, tropical character. Dynamic and easy drinking. 7.)Flying Bison Buffalo Kolsch 716 – Kölsch is a style of German beer native to Cologne and is one of the most drinkable beers on the planet. Flying Bison makes 716 with Pilsner malt and a bit of malted wheat for a light body and soft malt flavor. The hops are German in variety and are added in 3 separate doses to balance the sweetness, flavor and bouquet. Available during summer. 8.) Southern Tier Hop Sun – Make Hop Sun part of your summer survival kit, and no amount of heat or humidity will get you down. This summer thirst-quencher is not your average wheat ale. Light and slightly dry, it is the addition of fresh hop flowers after fermentation that adds a necessary kick on a hot summer day. Hop Sun is mild enough to be a refreshing summer offering, but has just enough of a hop profile to keep your taste buds tingling for another sip. Wheat, barley and hops coalesce in this superb session ale, a telltale symbol of fun in the sun. Summer has never tasted so good. 9.)Boulevard Tropical Summer Ale – Inspired by Boulevards collaboration with Florida’s famed Cigar City Brewing, Tropical Pale Ale marries their passion for balanced pale ales with the bright refreshing flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit accented by juicy, citrusy hops. Pack your bags and bring your taste buds for your perfect summer vacation. 10.) Founders All day IPA – The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures. Beer is a great way to unwind after a long, hot day. Stop into Consumer’s Beverages, Buffalo’s Ice-Cold beer store and pick up one of these summer beer choices to make for the perfect summer day. What is going to be your summer-go-to beer for the summer of 2016?

Reviewed by:
CHRIS GROVES
CERTIFIED CICERONE®

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Don’t Know what to get Dad for Father’s Day?

 

Does your Dad love beer? We have the perfect Father’s Day gifts here at Buffalo’s Beer Store! We have Swing Top Growlers, Growler Suits, Beer Glassware, Kegerators and who doesn’t love getting a gift card? Our Swing Top Growlers are great for transporting fresh filled beer. They are stylish and functional! You can choose between a classic handle or a hand cast ceramic “grogs.” Growler suits are another great gift idea for Dad. He can keep his beer nice and cold with a neoprene grower suit. They are available in several beery styles. There is sure to be a design your dad would love!  If you haven’t already, you need to check out our selection of branded beer glasses! We have glassware from your Dad’s favorite breweries from around the world in all shapes and sizes. Who doesn’t love to drink from a new glass? Plus, you can never had too many beer glasses! Buy one for yourself too! If Dad doesn’t already have one, a Kegerator would make for an awesome gift. Not only does it provide fresh draft beer, but you can enjoy it in the comfort of your home. It comes with a 5.8cu.ft. fridge with a tower, keg coupler, C02 tank (empty) and regulator. If you are still trying to think of the perfect gift and these just are not it, give Dad what he really wants… A Consumer’s Beverages gift card. Let his next beer be on you for Father’s Day!

Reviewed by:
CHRIS GROVES
CERTIFIED CICERONE®

Beer of the Month – June

 

June’s Beer of the Month is CRAFT IN CANS! Take delicious beer where glass cannot go. More and more craft beer have been showing up in cans. It is crazy to see how many craft breweries are putting their beer in cans. It has doubled since 2012. Today there are more than 500 craft breweries who are now canning their beer. There are many benefits to beer being in cans such as cans protect the beer from light, they take up less space which makes it easier to bring places, and in most cases cans are cheaper. Cans are a much better option to bring while camping, hiking, boating, going to the beach, fishing etc. Stop into Consumer’s Beverages and pick up some craft in cans for the month of June. Check out our ads to see what’s on sale.

Reviewed by:
CHRIS GROVES
CERTIFIED CICERONE®

Consumer’s Beer Garden

Consumer’s Beverages Beer Garden

 

Love beer and the outdoors? You are going to love Consumer’s Beverages Beer Garden. It is officially open for the summer! May 26, 2016 was its grand opening. Serving a variety of beers from local and regional craft breweries. They even have food such as pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers. Adirondack chairs and picnic tables surround the area. What a perfect addition to Wilkeson’s Pointe. It is located on 225 Fuhrmann Blvd. Buffalo, NY and open Monday – Sunday, 11am – 8pm. Come spend the day with us this summer! Grab a bite to eat and enjoy a nice beer after a morning of kayaking or biking.

Reviewed by:
CHRIS GROVES
CERTIFIED CICERONE®