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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3100 Olive St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63103-1213
United States

(314) 534-2337

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Closed in 2013


Added by bradybeer on 03-06-2008

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by hooliganlife:
Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I bought a few pints of the rye IPA and my wife had a brownie with a side of buffalo drool. I noticed they were pouring a lot of the rye IPA so I am assuming it must be popular and for good reason. The brownie was delicious and it came with a side of buffalo drool, great combination. Staff was very friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable. Staff was knowledgeable about the different style beers and what was either on the way or if there was a guest tap. Buffalo sometimes will tap local home brewers beers, supporting the community and scene. plenty of parking in back.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

a neat little spot downtown. small place, weird decor, but pretty tasty beer. sampled each of their 8 beers, and was treated very well by the owner, who gave us free house made potato chips and the new chili beer. the wet hop red was by far their best brew, but all were more than palatable. service was excellent (maybe because the place was nearly empty?). prices were fair and would have stayed for more of a meal if we hadnt just eaten. it doesnt stand out amongst all the great little breweries in st louis, but i will likely end up back here at some point.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5

Stopped in on a Saturday night. It was fairly busy but many tables were still available. The service was fast and friendly.

The beer selection was truly disappointing. They had only two choices. Buffalo Gold and Hefeweizen. That is it. No stouts, porters, IPAs, etc. I've never been to a brewpub that had less than at least 5 or 6 choices. I'm not sure if this is a regular occurrence or a fluke.

At this point we had no desire to have dinner there. They had a full menu that looked interesting. We finished our Hefes and departed.

The beers were in the $4 range. The Hefeweizen was okay.

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Photo of tripelhops
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place near SLU and the Fox Theater, and as mentioned pretty close to 6 row and right next to Pappy's which was featured on Man V Food or one of those food network shows. The beer here is solid and teh specials releases are definately worth checking out. I had an imperial stout and belgian tripel a couple years ago here that still stick in my mind as some of the best ever. The food is quite tasty as well, the staff has always been very polite and knowledgeable. It's not a huge place, but just big enough for the trafic it gets.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

(Visited 11/2010): Buffalo Brewing is located on the south side of St. Louis, on the corner of Olive and Compton next to Pappy's. There is some street parking around, and a lot behind the building.

The interior is one big room so it has an open feel. The bar is on the right side, with a large buffalo head mounted behind it, and it offers a partial view of the brewing equipment. Table seating takes up the remainder of the space. Aside from the animal head, the motif is salmon colored with a western theme.

Buffalo has 5 beers on tap and offers samples of all. On my visit they had Buffalo Drool, British Pale Ale, Red, Rye IPA and a Hefe. All the beers are average to above average. I didn't notice any bottled beers and am not sure if they serve any.

Service was decent on a weekday afternoon. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beers they carry and friendly enough.

I did not have any food on this visit.

Overall this is a good spot to hit that is not too far from Six Row. Worth checking out in a STL beer tour.

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Photo of phaleslu
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A brewpub walking distance from SLU- why oh why did this place open after I graduated and left town? Anyway, I’m back now and will be coming here a lot. Came here for the first time when I saw that Buffalo Head would be on cask and the new Lupulin was released. Both were tasty, as were the other two beers I had before these were tapped. The food is good, and a very good value compared to other local brewpubs. The servers were super friendly and the place was well-staffed. The atmosphere is good because of the friendly people all around; the room itself is a little too new to have a ton of character. Nice shaded patio with porch in front. Right next door to the awesome Pappy’s Smokehouse, and proximity to Chaifetz Arena is a huge plus.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is a small brewpub with a decent atmosphere. Although it is small there is a good use of space. I would hate to see it when it was busy. I am sure it doesn't get busy too. It is the building as St. Louis's most popular BBQ joint that also doesn't serve beer and beer and BBQ go together as we all know. Buffalo is where to have to go to fix that craving. The staff is pleasant and know their beers. Selection is alright they don't have a lot but it is an average selection. I did not try the food because I had just ate at Pappy's but it did smell good.

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Photo of manahansf
3.2/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Stopped by on a trip to St. Louis while doing my brewery run. Glad we stopped for lunch because the food is great! A must try for food and a beer. The beers were good but not that good. A few attempts at wheat beers and a few other light body drinkable beers. Not many to try and the waitress was not very knowledgeable of the beers. She had a hard time explaining any of them. When I asked for a tour or maybe just a peak at their brewhouse, they basically told me it was too small to bother looking at. Thanks for the heads up I guess... and it explains some of the off flavors in the beers too.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited the BBC yesterday for the first time, and will likely go here again. The place is in a refurbished warehouse looking place, and shares its space with a couple other restaurants.

The beer is served in 14oz glasses and a little too cold to initially get a good taste of the beer. I had a rye IPA, brown ale, and a wheat beer that was nicely loaded with hops. Both brews were great.

Our waiter was very attentive and knew facts about the beers he was serving. The owner was there too and seemed like a friendly person. The brewery has about 15 different offerings, and offers five at a time.

As far as the food goes, they have a decent salad bar that includes soup. It's cheap by itself, and to add it to your order was only a couple of bucks. My main entry was mussels and pasta, which went well with the beers I had.

Overall this place has pretty good beer and food, and the prices are extremely low for any brewpub I've ever been to. Also the menu is not your typical pub affair, which makes this place versatile for clientele.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A - Nice small and quaint place with some good brews. Well lit with a good balance between the square bar tables and booths. Nice outdoor sitting area.

Quality and Selection - I tried their Rye IPA and their Hoppy Wheat. They didn't have too many on tap that day since it was a Monday I take it but still their menu offered a nice selection (supposedly). Both beers were delicious though especially that Rye IPA. Nice citrus bomb.

S - service was a bit spotty buit nothing too roar about. I mean we were being served by bartender-type at a table so he wasnt exactly a professional waiter at a fancy restaurant.

F - I tried the Buffalo Burger with Bleu Cheese. Very delicious. a bit over cooked ( I ordered medium).

Overall a good place. A bit disappointed I didnt get a growler of the Rye IPA.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for a couple of brews and a bite to eat prior to a Phish show a couple blocks away at the fabulous Fox theater.

A nice summer day and we enjoyed the patio out front which was kind of like being at a suburban strip mall but in the city with a diverse mix of passer by.

They blew the keg of Hefe on our order which was a bit of a let down. We went with the Rye IPA which was nice and they had an ambitious barrel-aged imperial stout which I enjoyed. The brewer happened to be there and I got to chat him up a bit about the beers (oak chips for the barrel).

The wings were touted as "best in town" and I didn't think they were that great. The beers were certainly worth it though.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

I stopped by specifically to try the Chile bier and the Extra Special Bitter.

Turns out they only had 4 biers on tap :
Upside was they had the Chile bier :D

This was a very interesting bier. At first, it seemed like a normal, unassuming ale or lager. A bit of a mild hoppy/nutty flavor. But then, instead of a normal aftertaste you feel a slight heat emanate from your throat. And then, BAM! all of a sudden you are like, "Wooo! Hot salsa!"

The more I sipped this, the more I enjoyed it. It wasn't an overbearing spicyness, or an overpowered chile flavor, it was a GREAT balance.

I picked up a pint glass as well, and the staff was more than happy to rinse it and wrap it in newspaper for my ride home.

IF I ate meat, I am sure I would have LOVED the food; as the name would suggest, they serve Buffalo flesh.
Since I don't eat meat, I just had bier, but I liked the menu.

Seems more like a place to come for food, and you can happen to get some nice bier than the other way around.
The limited bier on tap is about the biggest downside, but if that Chile bier is available, I'd stop back in in a heartbeat.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Buffalo Brewining is a decent place with a few decent beers. It has a small bar that seats about 8 with one small TV off to the right. Otherwise, Buffalo Brewing is just one good sized room with plenty of small tables, some booth seating off to one side and a half dozen tables out front under a covered patio/sidewalk.

They had 4 beers on tap: Buffalo Gold, a Chile beer, Buffalo Drool and a Rye IPA. I had the IPA and the Drool. The Rye IPA was very good and the Drool was an interesting malty beer with coffee overtones that dired out nicely on the finish. Both were served in a chilled 14 oz glass.

Buffalo heads, pictures of Native Americans and, in general, an old west/ south west motif predominated. The music was soft rock, but not lame. The lone TV carried the Cards game, and the locals were chatting it up with the staff at the bar.

A decent place but one that just doesn't stand out in a beer town like St. Louis, w/so many other choices of beer venues.

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Photo of sativen
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

When we first walked in, the place was packed; after all it was a Saturday night about 7 PM. The atmosphere was not like most brewpubs I've ever been in, not quite as inviting and homely as I wanted it to be.

I was able to sneak in at the bar and get a sampler. On tap were the Brown, Blonde, Red, Stout, Pale, and Rye IPA. All of the beers were solid, my favorites being the brown and the rye.

I asked if they'd fill someone else's growler (I've been to places that don't), and they told me they did, so I walked down the street to my car to get one. By the time I got back, several groups had left and the place was a lot quieter, including an empty bar.

I decided on the Rye IPA for my fill. A new guy was filling my growler, and he turned out to be the owner. He chatted with our group for a bit, and asked if we had the sampler. We told him we had, and he wandered in the back and came out with their chili beer. It had a good smell, but I was skeptical, as I've been burned in the past. it turned out to be really good. It wasn't over the top, but had a nice burn from throat to stomach, by far the best I've ever had.

He found out we were celebrating my birthday, and let us come behind the bar for some pictures with the buffalo, and made us all shots.

Despite my first impressions about the atmosphere, I really liked this place. If I'm ever back in St. Louis I'll definitely be stopping back in. Nice staff, great beer. Didn't try the food.

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Photo of ihscout426
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice little place down by the University. Parking in limited and mostly on street. One big room with what else buffalo heads mounted on the walls. The staff has been attentive the two times I have gone and the foodservice was fast, almost too fast as I barely had my first beer quaffed when grub was on the table. Good pub fare with buffalo burgers and appetizers. The mini serve yourself salsd bar thing needs to go, just wasted seating space.

The beer is the show. The Rye IPA is the star; so much so it were out on my second visit. It has a delicious spicy peppery bite, great hop aroma and a sweetness from the rye. The maibock was accurate and very drinkable. Definetly beers you can kick back and drink over a good conversation with friends.

Can reccomend for fans ging to a Billkens game or for students to stroll down after class.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The atmosphere here reminds me of something you might find in Colorado, more of a western theme.

Quality of the beer is great. The Rye IPA is exceptional and the Brown Ale very solid. I have had a couple of others that were good as well. The tap lineup changes regularly with some good seasonals.

The service is very good and eveyone is very attentive.

There are only, I believe 5 or maybe 6 handles, so not many to choose from at any one time, but like I said it changes regularly. I am hoping that the Rye IPA out of a cask turns into a regular thing!

Food is very good inexpensive. Buffalo meat is served with many dishes and is very low in fat for those who would be interested.

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Photo of kdog630
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped here after visiting the zoo. At 4:00 the place was empty so we sat where we wanted and received pretty good service.

The menu had a decent amount of offerings, including pizza, sandwiches and entrees. I chose the Buffalo Burger, made with bison meat, while Mrs. Kdog had the salad bar.

My food arrived quickly and was pretty good. I recommend the side of cole slaw.

As far as beer was concerned, I was disappointed with the selection. A brown, chili and hefe were always there, they said, while a Belgian pale and others were rotated. Not one listed had a IBU over 25, except the Rye, which wasn't available. Beers were on special for only $3 from 4 - 6, so that was a plus.

In the end, I had the Belgian and took a growler of the hefe, a dunkel, home. See those reviews to come.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here the week they opened-it is located near the new SLU arena and not too far from Schlafly.

Walking into BBC, the bar is straight ahead, and the the small dinning area to the left.
Ordered the sampler which consisted of:
Smoked Porter
Buffalo Drool (Brown).

Pass on the frosted glass-since you wil be asked if you want one.

For me the winners were the IPA and the smoked porter.

We decided to eat lunch and went with the salad bar that comes with chili. My advice to visiters is skip the salad and fill up on the buffalo chili-it is to die for.

Living in CA prices are very reasonable-I like this brewery a great deal and when I get back to my hometown I will stop by for a few.

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Photo of Vancer
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

All in all, not a bad little place (and I mean small - it may seat 50, and the bar seats 10ish). Needs some more furnishings, as it seems a bit sterile and cold - a painted concrete floor doesn't help.

But the staff is very friendly - and our server Stephanie was a hoot to talk with while we enjoyed some solid beer pub food. Burgers, fries and sides were better than average sized, and priced appropriately.

And of course, the beers listed were all tasty, the only downer was the Moose Drool was out on this t rip. Manly 22 oz mugs - and not even asked if we wanted the frosty mugs.

Everyone in our party of 5 was pleased with the place, and would return.

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Buffalo Brewing Co. in Saint Louis, MO
Brewery rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 0 ratings
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