Alternative Brews | Amherst, New York
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Alternative Brews
Exceptional based on 13 ratings
Type: Bar

3488 Sheridan Dr.
Amherst, New York United States 14226 [ print map ]
716 446 0424

alternativebrews.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 4-4 Weekend 2p.m.-4a.m.


Mayor: pete4999 (1) | Taps: 19 | Bottles: ~150


Alternative Brews

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Three Heads The Kind IPA 91
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13 reviews for Alternative Brews
 Ambiance  61%
 Service  63%
 Selection  67%
 Food N/A 
 Value  75%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  69%
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62
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 12/20
RyanBflo  (20) New York | January 17, 2011
Overall the score of 62 could be better but this place just has too much of a suburban vibe going on. The selection is fairly large with almost all bottles but I have a feeling the best beers here sit around for a long time.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
SlimEagan  (10) New York | October 21, 2010
Good place to drink a beer with generally great service. Good selection too.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
alexkeil  (4) New York | May 4, 2008
Iíve had both the best bartenders Iíve ever met and the very worst here...they are either very friendly, quick, and knowledgable or bitchy and ignore you all night. The good bartenders are good enough that by the middle to end of the night after they get a feel for what Iíve been ordering I can just let them select a beer I havenít tried yet. Not much of a tap selection but there is usually something from Custom Brewcrafters, Flying Bison or Ellicotville to order. There is a fun atmosphere, wednesday nights are a good night where it isnít too busy, too smokey, and there is live music. Mixed to older crowd that gets along pretty well - no townies drinking mass quantities of cheap stuff
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
jakentbc  (5) New York | September 7, 2007
what is it with these sissys and their distaste for smokers....its a cigar bar with great beer. true, the place could use a little remolding and functioning ventilation but, i guess thats the price we have to pay for such a great atmosphere.
34
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 5/20
dgros  (2) Buffalo, New York | March 22, 2007
Mostly bottles which can be purchased down the street at Premier Groumet. Too smoky for my tastes (and to taste what Iím drinking), but the live music is a nice touch.
82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
beerlord  (11) tonawanda, New York | February 2, 2007
Great beers and you can actually act like an adult and smoke!!!! Live bands on saturday make it a tight fit, but during the week there isníta better bar to be found for sitting and chatting with a good brew a good cigar and a good friend. They cold stand to mix it up a little more often, but still a decent selection. The house brew Hazel Nut brown made by Custom brew crafters is great.
60
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy  (541) Toronto, Ontario | January 16, 2007
Ask me how smokey this place is, and you can buy a cigar. I saw about 10 taps, and a cask, though the majority was the usual macro suspects. A pretty good bottle collection, though you can get it all down the road at Premiere. Prices were decent, and this is close to a lot of shopping and not too far from Pizza Plant, so itís a worthwhile Buffalo stop. Middle aged people, a bit on the dark and dingy side bar, but not motorbike scare-away. Had a couple of Custom Brewcraft pints, and it was fresh and inexpensive.
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
SB  (24) Pennsylvania | March 24, 2006
Very smokey bar, but being from Pgh, I didnít mind. Very crowded when we arrived. The bartender was funny, and friendly. I liked the way the place was decorated. Nice selection of things that I canít get back home, and they even had Jah-va Stout on tap, which made me excited. We had a few friendly conversations wtih other patrons in the bar, and overall it not bad. Being close to the hotel we are at, it was a good choice and I will seek out again whenever I am here.
56
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
rudolf  (104) Buffalo, New York | February 20, 2005
I would come here a lot more often if they didnít allow smoking. Nice bottle selection, a few good taps. They do free monthly tastings here. Live blues on weekends.
48
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17  (300) Woodland, California | November 4, 2004
This place is a cigar bar, which really makes it difficult to have a decent beer experience. When I lived in Buffalo, I went a few times, but got smoked out each time. That have a decent bottle list and they also have some live blues some nights as well. The prices here are quite reasonable.

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