31,690 Ratings
Score: 3.68
12 Gates Brewing Company Claim
80 Earhart Dr
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 906-6600
Mon 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Open Now
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Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Open Now
Established in 2015 and located in Williamsville, NY, 12 Gates Brewing Company is an independent, craft-production brewery that produces high quality, hand crafted beers in a 30 barrel brewhouse. The brewery also features a taproom with 12 rotating taps (soon to be 18), light fare, outdoor seating, and live music.

12 Gates’ flagship beer is the well-known West Coast Style IPA, a dry citrus indulgence which leaves a clean palate. From traditional Pilsners to Double Stouts, the Brewing Company provides a range of styles that appeal to a wide range of consumers. The brewers tap into their Alchemic roots by experimenting with infusing new ingredients and flavors into the brewing process.

Beer is distributed in bars and restaurants throughout Western New York and select beers can be found on shelves of grocery stores and beer shops throughout Erie and Niagara County.

What’s the story behind your brewery’s name?

Honoring Sir George Ripley, 12 Gates Brewing Company is named after his work, “The Compound of Alchemy”, or the “Twelve Gates”. The corollary being that the Company’s brewing focuses on the alchemic process of fermentation, turning grain into gold.
Parking: Parking lot
Price range: $
  • Good for groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Waiter service
West Coast Style IPA
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 6.7%
IBUs: 69
# Ratings: 5,376
Score: 3.75
A true West Coast "style" IPA with a heavy dose of Citra hops in both mid to late stage additions. Dry hopped with even more Citra, and sweet, fresh-picked Florida grapefruit peel, this citrus-bomb smacks the tongue with notes of tropical citrus, grapefruit, and lemon, atop a crisp and clean malt foundation.
Coffee Porter
Style: Porter - American
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: 28
# Ratings: 2,854
Score: 3.77
Dark Chocolate, light roast, and toffee paired with traditional English hops make for a creamy smooth porter. It is then treated with a monstorus dose of cold-brewed, micro-roasted coffee from Western NY roasters.
Apricot Wheat
Style: Pale Wheat Ale - American
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 15
# Ratings: 724
Score: 3.59
Our American Wheat blends German Wheat with German Pilsen and Pale Malts. Treated with apricots, it is light and refreshing and beckoning for springtime.
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 40
# Ratings: 1
Score: 3.75
Galaxy, Citra, and El Dorado hops for a measure of tropical fruit and citrus against a clean malt background...
Phoenix Pils
Style: Pilsner - Czech
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: 35
# Ratings: 1
Score: 4.50
Red Lion
Style: Lager - Amber
ABV: 4.8%
# Ratings: 1
Score: 0.00
Pilot IPA 17.0
Style: IPA - New England
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 49
# Ratings: 1
Score: 4.00
Black Currant Sour
Style: Sour - Fruited
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 15
# Ratings: 1
Score: 3.00
Cherry Vanilla Wheat
Style: Pale Wheat Ale - American
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 15
# Ratings: 1,781
Score: 3.61
Our interpretation of the American Wheat Ale begins with 50% White Wheat, and a blend of German Pilsner and Pale Malts with a touch of Crystal. Magnum and Mosiac hops make up the additions along with our house yeast. The magic happens when we add Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans and Tart Cherry Concentrate from Singer Farms Naturals. The result is a smooth and highly drinkable cherry vanilla wheat ale with a pronounced cherry nose and lingering soft vanilla finish. Gold Medal Winner – TAP New York Craft Beer Festival 2017
Landing Strip IPA
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 6.6%
# Ratings: 1,018
Score: 3.76
Pale Ale
Style: Pale Ale - American
ABV: 5.9%
IBUs: 43
# Ratings: 881
Score: 3.52
Balance is the name of the game with a soft caramel malt body supported by a strong hop backbone, but one does not overpower the other. The Crystal and Munich malts nicely balance the Columbus and Summit hops. A nice dry hop of Columbus adds a fruity and spicy aroma and flavor including light citrus and black pepper. Gold Medal Winner – Crooked Creek Hops Farm Harvest Brew Festival 2016
Hermetic IPA
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 5.9%
IBUs: 50
# Ratings: 837
Score: 3.83
A softly bittered ipa with loads of sexy hops to give it tons of tropical fruit and citrus flavor and aroma, including pineapple and grapefruit.
Under the Southern Cross IPA
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 7.0%
IBUs: 71
# Ratings: 781
Score: 3.78
Under the Southern Cross IPA blends the juicy, big hop flavor and bitterness of a classic West Coast IPA with the unique lime, tangelo, and stonefruit flavors and aromas of the new-to-market Waimea hops coming out of New Zealand. A crisp and clean grain bill accents the heavy late-addition and dry hopping that brings the full flavor and aromas of the Citra and Waimea hops, giving the drinker a punch of tropical citrus to the palate. This aggressively hopped IPA challenges the palate of the most seasoned of hop heads.
Elderberry Wheat
Style: Pale Wheat Ale - American
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 15
# Ratings: 767
Score: 3.67
Our American Wheat blends German Wheat with German Pilsen and Pale Malts. This time we brewed our base wheat ale with a nice dark fruit for the winter, replacing the Cherry Vanilla Wheat.
Session IPA
Style: IPA - Session / India Session Ale
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 45
# Ratings: 737
Score: 3.54
The Session IPA is the day-drinking IPA-drinker’s beer. Coming in just below 5% ABV this beer makes it absolutely ok to be drinking before noon any day of the week. While the Session IPA might be light in alcohol, it is far from light in flavor, with copious quantities of late-addition Equinox, Ella, and Rakau hops that compliment each other with mild notes of earthiness, alongside lime, orange, and orchard fruit notes.
Yoga Pants
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 20
# Ratings: 683
Score: 3.30
Yoga Pants is a taproom-only American Blonde Ale. This is a simple, approachable, ale made with German Pale and Vienna Malts. A splash of Magnum and Ella hops, both for bittering only, keep the hops to a subtle balance with the malt. All this makes for a very clean, very crushable house beer.
Water Mill Pils
Style: Pilsner - Other
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 36
# Ratings: 618
Score: 3.48
Using a traditional Bavarian brewing process, all German malt and Noble hops, and fermented with a clean German yeast, this Pils finishes dry and smooth. Look for light bready malt and clean but floral hop presence. Bronze Medal Winner – TAP New York Craft Beer Festival 2017
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: 20
# Ratings: 584
Score: 3.53
This is a somewhat classic Belgian Witbier, with the exception that it incorporates absolutely no wheat – how dare we! A complex grain bill using various unrefined malts, including oats and barley, as well as a considerable amount of rye malt provide a rich and spicy malt flavor to this light summer beer. Additions of sweet orange peel and coriander lend to the traditional sweet and spicy tasting notes common to this style.
Bleeding Heart Hoppy Red Rye
Style: Red Ale - American Amber / Red
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 64
# Ratings: 566
Score: 3.63
The Bleeding Heart Hoppy Red Rye is an ode to all you saps and lonely-hearted as you drown your sorrows and spew your disgust as your friends share couples dinners, spa retreats, and exchange their I love yous. And the roses, lets not get started on the roses. Instead tip a pint, or two, of this amber-red colored rye ale. It brings a delicious malt body with notes of caramel and toffee, a pronounced dry, spiciness characteristic of the rye malt, which compliments a piney, resinous hop profile, with mild notes of citrus playing in the background. What was the name of that holiday again? St. Patrick’s Day must be right around the corner.
Wind Forge IPA
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 6.3%
IBUs: 64
# Ratings: 542
Score: 3.77
Our spring seasonal IPA is a fruity and pungent American IPA. Expect soft bitterness, tons of pineapple and papaya on the front of the pallet, and resin on the back end.
Grave Concerns
Style: Stout - American Imperial / Double
ABV: 8.4%
IBUs: 71
# Ratings: 526
Score: 3.81
This is our big American Double Stout. With loads of Chocolate and Roasted Barley malts, expect a rich, dark, chocolatey body with a rich, creamy, lingering head. The balance of German and English hops allows for the malts to shine through, but expect a subtle spice and bitterness.
Class Is In Session
Style: IPA - Session / India Session Ale
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: 35
# Ratings: 517
Score: 3.80
Buffalo and Western NY (21 brewery) collaboration for Buffalo Beer Week 2018, September 14-23. Session IPA brewed with New York ingredients. Dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, Kohatu and Wakatu.
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double
ABV: 9.6%
IBUs: 90
# Ratings: 468
Score: 3.81
Hops, hops, and more hops describe this bold Double IPA. Beginning with a strong but clean malt backbone we built the hops off of our love for, well, hops. Look for light fruit, resin, pine, with a wisp of spice. The aroma and flavor will change as the beer warms up to also reveal mint, pineapple, and citrus. Proceeds from the sales of this Double IPA will go to Ales for ALS education and research. Bronze Medal Winner – Raise a Glass International Beer Competition 2016
Buffalo Tripel
Style: Belgian Tripel
ABV: 9.6%
IBUs: 28
# Ratings: 441
Score: 3.80
Belgian Tripels are deceptive, as is ours. At 9.6% ABV, it is surprisingly light with just a touch of light alcohol on the dry finish. The fluffy white head will harken back to a lazy summer day laying on a blanket looking at the clouds pass. Expect an exotic fruit nose with hints of banana and clove balanced with a light Belgian spiciness on the pallet.
Resting Peach Face
Style: Sour - Berliner Weisse
ABV: 3.6%
IBUs: 6
# Ratings: 436
Score: 3.80
Kettle soured with lactobacillus delbrueckii and fermented with house yeast and then conditioned with fresh peach puree. The final result is sweet on the nose and palate and finishes with the unmistakable Berliner Weisse tartness.
Buffalo Breakfast Stout
Style: Stout - Imperial Milk / Sweet
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 32
# Ratings: 418
Score: 3.94
Common Reactor
Style: Cream Ale
ABV: 4.1%
# Ratings: 405
Score: 3.44
A darker version of a Cream Ale. The Common Reactor bridges the gap between pre-prohibition and the modern craft beer era. A hugely popular style originating in the Louisville Kentucky area that Prohibition almost killed off the style completely. Well, we brought it back. Look for a light and refreshing body, with a smooth but slightly grainy finish that is easily quaffable and enjoyable.
Swipe Right
Style: Blonde Ale - Belgian Blonde / Golden
ABV: 6.1%
IBUs: 22
# Ratings: 347
Score: 3.66
The Swipe Right is a classic and clean Belgian Single. Expect a clean malt and hop profile, with a little kick of a spicy Belgian yeast. The Swipe Right is clean, spicy, and a lot of fun to drink when you are looking for a change from the ordinary. This is a great springtime beer just as the flowers are blooming and nature is getting ready for a new season, sit back with some friends and enjoy a glass of this floral and spicy anticipation for the coming summer.
Style: Festbier
ABV: 5.9%
# Ratings: 332
Score: 3.52
OOOMPAHH! Get your dimpled liter mugs out. This is THE authentic Munich Oktoberfest Lager- It is not amber, but a beautiful, golden color. A crisp, malty, easy to drink festival beer. Prost!
Oaked Under the Southern Cross IPA
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 6.9%
IBUs: 79
# Ratings: 330
Score: 3.83
Immediate hints of vanilla and oak strike the palate, complimenting the beer’s big, juicy citrus and tropical flavors along with undertones of pine and resin from the use of Citra and Waimea hops in late additions and dry-hopping. The malt body is slightly more present than the West Coast IPA, with mild tones of caramel sweetness, yet a very crisp texture with a lasting hop bite and dry “new-barrel” flavors in the finish.