I love the Village Beer Merchant. As a matter of fact, I can’t imagine Buffalo without it. I’ve become very fond of the growler system that they have. There’s nothing like walking in with a clean empty growler and browsing through the taps for a savory refill (especially when it’s The Chain). The last time I waited for my growler to get topped off I happened to notice a shelf of colorful beers behind me. Upon inspection, I realized that they were all single beers just waiting for someone to marry them into a six-pack. The system is so much better than being forced to pick a pre-mixed six-pack and ultimately suffering through one or two beers that nobody wants.
The system works well for anyone who wants some variety – maybe a six-pack of darker beers is too heavy, but a couple of darks, a couple of ambers and a couple of lights is the way to go. “We usually choose our favorites,” Vinny Somogyi, an employee at the VBM, told me. “Or something new… or popular beers. A variety. Some people don’t know what they want. The six-packs are priced according the individual bottles of beer. The bottles are added up when brought to the counter.” Whether you’re in the mood for one big growler, or a mixed six-pack, the Village Beer Merchant has certainly provided plenty of beer options for both the aspiring amateur or the seasoned pro.
Village Beer Merchant
547 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222