Beer is becoming the new wine this year alone craft brewers produced close to 25 million barrels. There were over 615 new breweries that opened increasing the number of craft breweries by 19 percent. There are a total of close to 3,500 breweries in the U.S. crafter brewers are often localized and employs close to 120,000 in that number it also includes 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs and 135 regional craft breweries. History has stated beer goes back 1800 BC (Circa) the “Hymn to Ninkasi,” the Sumerian goddess of beer, is inscribed on a tablet, about 4,000 years after men first leave evidence of brewing activity.
Prior to the prohibition Buffalo’s industrial landscape since 1919 was home to close to 30 breweries and featured more than 8,000 drinking establishments. The city is slowly returning to that Beer culture with rise of brewing companies launching in the Queen city. In WNY local breweries are cashing in on the idea of local fine dining and craft beer go hand and hand. The city & restaurants are filled with great casual, comfortable hangout with small plates, craft beers and local wines.
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Although there is no specific definition of craft beer itself because each beer lover has his or her own unique interpretation, Craft beer or microbrew is defined as beer made by a brewer that is small, independent, and traditional translate to less than 450 barrel produced a year. According to the Brewers Association craft brewers is on the rise in the U.S. This year craft beer gains close to 11 percent share of the U.S. beer market based up from the previous year. “Small and independent brewers are deepening their connection to local beer lovers while continuing to create excitement and attract even more appreciators.”said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association.
Beer styles can have many interpretations and Just like wine there are many style and some even seasonal, understanding styles of craft beer, categories and descriptions help with the characterizations so one can discern between choices, based on broad descriptions to specific traits. There are many styles of Beer like wine knowledge of styles guides Beer lovers through certain flavors and preferences that includes regions, their histories, water chemistry, available ingredients and time of year. All these factors play a huge role in each beer styles because each beer style represents centuries of refinement based on mineral content in water and experimentation with ingredients.
Learn style of beer: http://www.craftbeer.com/beer-styles
Once Breweries perfect its basic beer style, they can paint their own and as long as it taste right many U.S. craft brewers run with those styles thus creating a new landscape of beers. Great example of such is Resurgence Brewing Company located in Buffalo NY its is a brewery and beer garden. The Owner states its goal “is to bring a memorable “beer experience” to the drinkers of the greater Buffalo region, whether at home, in a favorite bar, or at the brewery”. The company is also part of the Buffalo Niagara Brewing association as Buffalo Breweries play host to beer festivals, beer crawls, beer buses and other yearly brewery events. For full info on events or memberships go to Buffaloniagarabrewery.org. There is also a magazine called wnycraftbeer.com with it mission of bringing awareness and appreciation to local breweries in WNY.
For more info on resurgence go to http://www.resurgencebrewing.com/ Just like Wine there are Beer tasting and here are the keys to Beer tasting (Flavor = Taste + Aroma) here are the four key elements to Beer tasting.
Smell it is said to be the dominant sense affecting flavor perception via two reactions:•Orthonasal and the Retronasal
Taste:chemical sense perceived by receptors on the tongue and soft palate. Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty, and Umami are some of the main tastes detected
Touch/Somatosensory- it’s the physical and chemical sensory ability of the skin and mucus membranes to interpret sensations help us create the entire flavors.
Experience: surroundings and atmosphere play a part on your tasting experience, also Memories, Influences of others as well as what was consumed prior.
Here are a list of some of the Local Breweries in WNY and Beer Guide from Beeradvocate.com
- Resurgence Brewing Company – 1250 Niagara St., Buffalo
- Community Beer Works – 15 Lafayette Ave, Buffalo
- Big Ditch Brewing Company – 55 E Huron St, Buffalo
- Flying Bison Brewing Company – 840 Seneca St, Buffalo •
- Gordon Biersch – Store P102 Galleria Drive, Buffalo
- Pearl Street Grill And Brewery – 76 Pearl Street, Buffalo
- Pan-American Grill & Brewery – 391 Washington St, Buffalo
Bars / Eateries: (weighted by ratings/number of ratings)
- Blue Monk – 727 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
- Coles – 1104 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
- Fat Bob’s Smokehouse – 41 Virginia Pl, Buffalo
- Allen Street Hardware – 245 Allen St, Buffalo
- Anchor Bar – 1047 Main St, Buffalo
- Mr. Goodbar – 1110 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
- Colter Bay Grill – 561 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
Stores: (weighted by ratings/number of ratings)
- The Village Beer Merchant – 547 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
- Consumer’s Beverages Inc. – 2765 Genesee St, Buffalo
- Homebrew: (alphabetical) •Niagara Tradition Home Brew – 1296 Sheridan Dr, Buffalo