Resurgence Brewing Co.

resurg_sign With at least two new breweries opening up in 2014, Buffalo’s craft beer explosion shows no signs of slowing down. Resurgence Brewing Co. is located on Niagara Street on the northwest side of Buffalo. They are currently in the final stages of construction and hope to open some time in May.IMG_5713

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IMG_5710RBC’s mission is to bring incredibly fresh, incredibly high quality beer to Buffalo in a setting designed to not just enjoy the highest quality beer, but to enjoy the highest quality experience as well.IMG_5733RBC has a wide open design, exposed vaulted ceilings and dozens of massive skylights. Their entire brewing facility is constructed to bring their customers as close to the brewing action as possible – having the brewing area, the bar and the tasting room all in the same connected space. RBC will also have an outdoor area for customers to enjoy the summer weather. They can hang out on an adjoining deck, sit at picnic tables in the beer garden, or enjoy a pint of fresh brew around open fire pits.IMG_5693

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IMG_5729BWG sampled two of the brews that will be available once RBC opens. Their Loganberry Witte looks, smells and tastes like summer. Not too sweet, crisp and fresh, we could see ourselves enjoying a pint of this on a warm summer’s afternoon for sure.IMG_5734RBC’s Sponge Candy Stout is made with real Buffalo-made sponge candy and has a great balance of stout, chocolate and that one-of-a-kind sponge candy flavor without being too much, or not enough.IMG_5737After talking with the folks at RBC, checking out their place, learning about the experience they’re creating for their customers and tasting their unique beers, BWG will definitely be making RBC a regular stop once they open.resurg_bldg

*To keep up to date on RBC’s opening, sign up for their newsletter here, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. BWG will also be keeping our readers up to date on the latest RBC news, cheers!

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The Classic Bourbon Manhattan

manhattan_pourWhen it comes to whiskey cocktails, the manhattan is the tried and true old timer. The staple that’s been around forever, doesn’t change much, but delivers the goods every time. We love this simple rendition where the high grade ingredients make all the difference.

The Classic Bourbon Manhattan

Ingredients: 2 1/4 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon |  3/4 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth | 2 dashes Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters | 1 Luxardo Gourmet Cherry

Directions: Combine bourbon, vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass, add ice, stir for 30 seconds. Add cherry to chilled drinking glass. Strain liquid into glass, enjoy.booze_manhagttan

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manhatan_finalIf you do not prefer your cocktails sweet, using the Luxardo Gourmet Cherries and the Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth is an absolute must when concocting a classic manhattan. The cherries are full of earthy, not to sweet flavor and soak up the bourbon like a sponge. The vermouth is so flavorful and mildly smooth, it could be enjoyed all by itself. Try this manhattan recipe at home and let us know what you think, cheers.

*The bar tools used in making a classic manhattan: serving glass, mixing glass, bar spoon, jigger, cocktail strainer, Woodford Bourbon Cherry Bitters and the Luxardo Gourmet Cherries are all available at Kegworks.

*Woodford Reserve Bourbon is available at Gates Circle Liquors for $37.

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Laphroaig Quarter Cask

laph_QCLaphroaig Quarter Cask is named for its old world style aging process. Quarter casks are pretty much exactly what they sound like. Laphroaig takes whisky from their standard bourbon barrels and finishes it in quarter casks (or barrels) that are roughly one quarter the size of a normal cask. This is done so that the liquid has more surface area contact with the charred inner lining of the barrel, creating a different flavor. Laphroaig claims that their Quarter Cask bottling has a softer, more easy going edge that compliments their distinct intense peatiness. The Quarter Cask’s fragrance is full bodied Laphroaig and straight up peat smoke. Dried grassy iodine flavors with sweet toffee aromas round out the rest of the nose. The palate adds more sweetness and a nice chili spice which balances well with the peat and oak. The finish is long and smokey. As with most Laphroaigs, the Quarter Cask does smokey, and does it well… Locally available at Gates Circle Liquors for $62. Rating: 90/100.

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Kegworks

kworksKegworks, located just north of Buffalo in the suburb of Kenmore, is a company designed for one specific concept, to empower their customers with tools for drinking.IMG_5422

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IMG_5456Even though Kegworks has been in operation for 16 years and is the top manufacturer of bar rails in the United States, most Buffalo locals don’t even know what Kegworks is, much less that it’s located right in their back yard. Kegworks’ tag line tools for drinking describes what Kegworks is as perfectly as anything we can think of. Every conceivable thing needed in order to enjoy a beer, cocktail, glass of wine or dram of whiskey can be found and purchased at Kegworks. They sell the most basic drinking tools from the proper glassware, to actually building and installing full service home and commercial bars.IMG_5467

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IMG_5464When it comes to beer, Kegworks sells everything from kegerators, to tap handles, to home brewing books and kits, to installing draft systems and everything in between. IMG_5428

IMG_5461If wine is more your drink, they fabricate and sell everything from wine bottle racks and stemware, to wine refrigerators. If you’re more of a cocktail person, Kegworks has every tool you’d find at a premium cocktail bar, from bartending kits to bitters, to garnishes, to mixers, to syrups – short of brewing the beer, fermenting the wine and distilling the spirits, Kegworks has a hand in literally everything you could possibly need to drink at home. IMG_5436

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IMG_5450Whether you’re looking for something as simple as a whiskey nosing glass, or you’re of the mind to put in a full home bar, BWG strenuously recommends Kegworks. Here’s to supporting and buying local, cheers!

*Over the next few weeks BWG will be doing a series of features on homemade cocktails. We’ll be using bar ingredients and tools that have all been procured from Kegworks.

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Kentucky Breakfast Stout

kbsKentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is an annually released bourbon barrel aged beer from Founders Brewing Company. KBS was first conceived by Founders over 10 years ago. The initial batches were simply comprised of their staple Breakfast Stout and then aged for six months in Jack Daniel’s barrels. The KBS recipe has since morphed into its own style, becoming an imperial Russian stout made with espresso beans and chocolate. It is aged for one year in bourbon barrels which are laid away in cold storage caves. KBS’ popularity and has grown to mammoth proportions, especially over the past few years. Certain publications regard it as high as to call it one of the best beers in the world. It’s hype and beer-geek lore exponentially increase after each batch is released in mid to late March. The 2014 KBS batch was sent out for distribution on April 1st. Most of the local Buffalo shops were sold out in less than 20 minutes (even with a one or two bottle limit per person at most stores.) BWG was lucky enough to get our hands on a few bottles, but our sampling came at an even better stroke of luck. We stumbled upon a stock pile of KBS at Pizza Plant, a favorite local craft beer bar. For us, most things never live up to the hype. We’ve been disappointed on more than one occasion after going out of our way for a hyped up whiskey or beer. KBS certainly needed a good amount of effort to acuire and it wasn’t cheap, but after delving into this brew and breaking down its flavor profiles, we found the KBS worthy of its hype and more. From nose to finish the balance of coffee, chocolate and bourbon is absolutely perfect. Many bourbon aged beers tend to accentuate the booze on the back end, leaving a void in the drinkability category. KBS manages to bring the wonderful bourbon flavors to the forefront, while still leaving plenty of room for roasted espresso notes and a delicious chocolatey sweetness. The palate has a robust creamy texture, medium carbonation and features all the balanced flavors of the nose. The finish is a silky ribbon of chocolate and bourbon. We could drink this 11% abv. brew all night if we were so inclined. Despite being infamously difficult to acquire and its $6.99 per 12oz. bottle price, this bourbon barrel aged stout earns every bit of its hype and its accolades. Rating: 95/100.

 

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Highland Park 18

HP_18At the Whiskey Wednesday held at Savoy on 4/2/14 one of the whiskies we sampled was the perpetual industry favorite, Highland Park 18. As a whole, the Whiskey Wednesday group was not disappointed. Highland Park 18 spends 45% of its 18 years aging in sherry casks. Ripe fruit, sour cherries, almond and oak are mixed evenly on the nose. The body is excellently balanced with a nice weighty feel to it. Dark berries, a tangy malt and just a inkling of smoke open up nicely with a touch of water. The finish toasts up the spicy fruit characteristics of the palate. It’s warm and dry and just goes on forever. This highly acclaimed single malt Scotch holds up to its accolades and is worth the price to keep this in your liquor cabinet. Locally available at Gates Circle Liquors for $100. Rating: 92/100.

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Crabapples Micro Brew Pub

crab_1Crabapples Micro Brew Pub located just outside of Buffalo, is considered one of the premier local destinations for craft beer. Just two years ago, principal owner Peter Orfanos, or “Brewmaster Pete,” as know by Crabapple regulars, took a basic 10 tap, run of the mill, beer bar and turned into a 50 tap high-end craft beer Mecca. Crabapples’ mission is to bring the world of craft beer, at an affordable price and in an approachable way, to the everyday beer consumer. All of the beers on Crabapples’ rotating tap system, from the rare imports, to the locally brewed favorites are just $4 – $6 per pour.IMG_5279

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IMG_5300In addition to affordability, Crabapples’ mantra is quality. Quality from the service, to the temperature of the beers, to the handpicked selection of drafts – Brewmaster Pete believes that once the “regular” beer consumer is introduced to “real” beer, in the right manner, they’ll be hooked. In essence, once you go craft, you never go back. Needless to say, BWG whole heartedly agrees with this philosophy. IMG_5312In addition to the beer, there’s something going on at Crabapples literally every night. Dart leagues, bubble hockey leagues, pool leagues and sports on a 120″ projection screen are just a few of the goings on. Joining the Apple Mug Club gives patrons of Crabapples their own personalized mug that can be brought home, or be kept behind the bar ready to be filled whenever its owner is in the mood for a brew.IMG_5280

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IMG_5282 IMG_5281We love what Crabapples is all about almost as much as we love their awesome selection of beers. If you’re in the mood to try something new, want to learn about craft beer, or just want to simply drink more of it, BWG recommends Crabapples Micro Brew Pub.IMG_5295Crabapples’ exclusive barrel aged beers that inlcude, Aecht Shlenkerla Fastenbier, Raucbier and Urbock. German Franconian B Tap and Mallet casks and two year old Sierra Nevada Barley Wine Ale amongst others…

 

IMG_5263Crabapples’ exclusive Southern Tier tower. At any one time, Crabapples’ features 8-14 Southern Tier Brewing taps, always fresh…

 

IMG_5317Another Crabapples’ exclusive, the Lambic tower. Enjoy an assortment of high-end Belgian sour ales…

*To keep up on the immense rotating draft at Crabapples, like their Facebook page here. Or friend Brewmaster Pete for news and updates about everything going on at Crabapples.

 

 

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