I grew up in western new york... Its a great area, but not well known for quality beer. As a your man, our options were limited both by finances and availability. All of my family (8 siblings and parents) all moved away from the area long ago, but i had a chance to visit during GeoWoodstock IX two years ago.... and I was ASTOUNDED to find out that not only had a local craft brewery sprung up, but that it was damn good! This euphoria was followed by bitter disappointment that the import regulations of the Texas Republic was keeping this new found nectar from me on regular basis. This imbalance in the world has shifted and Southern Tier brews are now available in our local grocery stores (HEB) and favorite pubs (Flying Saucer).
I'm partial to IPA's and bitter beer in general and the brewmasters at Southern Tier know how to speak my language.
Please join me at "Southern Tier to Sugar Land" on April 27th from 4pm to 6pm at the Sugarland Flying Saucer to welcome this great beer to the great state of Texas! http://coord.info/GC49P4H
The only regular Souther Tier they have on draft is the 2XIPA, but I've heard from the regional manager that they have a couple special kegs stashed away. The 2XIPA is a great beer and even if we get to taste nothing else, this alone is worth the visit.