Brewery Name: Big Ditch Brewing Company
Type of Brewery: Brewpub
Location: 55 East Huron St, Buffalo, NY
Facebook: Big Ditch Brewing Company
Background: Background is definitely necessary here, because this will be a slightly different sort of post. I've never been to Big Ditch Brewing Company (in fact, the only time I have ever been in Buffalo was for a friend's wedding a year or so ago). I can't speak to the vibe of the taproom. I can't speak to the quality of the food. I just haven’t had the opportunity. What I HAVE had the opportunity to do is try some of their beer. Thanks to a friend-of-a-friend, I was able to get my hands on some beers from one of Big Ditch’s first ever canning runs. Although Buffalo locals are no doubt well acquainted with Big Ditch's taproom offerings, a recent expansion has finally given the brewery the opportunity to can and distribute their beers. Needless to say, I was thrilled for the chance to snag some fresh brews from one of their very first runs.
The Beers: For the moment, Big Ditch cans three beers: an IPA, a golden ale, and a brown ale. Those are three pretty unobjectionable styles, and it doesn’t shock me at all that they've chosen to distribute beers with wide consumer appeal. The other nice thing about this selection is the fact that, by not just canning three different pale ales, as some breweries are prone to do, Big Ditch gives consumers a much wider impression of what they can do.
As I said, as far as I know, these are the only three beers that Big Ditch cans, so unfortunately they were the only beers I was able to get my hands on. But if these distributed offerings are indicative of the overall quality of beer at Big Ditch, I may have to plan another trip out to Buffalo. A quick look at Big Ditch’s social media accounts tells me that they have a delicious-sounding double IPA on tap, as well as a few unique, creative beers, including a cinnamon apple amber ale and a session wheat. All of those things sound delicious, and I hope to have the chance to try them sometime.
Final Thoughts: I am very, very impressed. I went into this not knowing much about Big Ditch, and I came away convinced that, the next time I'm in Buffalo, this will be my first stop. Not only are the beers they've chosen to distribute excellent, but everything else on their tap list looks delicious as well. Their facility is gorgeous, and I hope to be able to check it out for myself sometime soon. Even their food menu is enticing! There’s so much to love about Big Ditch, and I’m thrilled to have been introduced to them at a time when so much seems to be going right for them. New cans, new distribution, big expansion...I don’t know what else to say besides "well done!"
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