Who We Are
Established in 2015 and located in Williamsville, NY, 12 Gates Brewing Company is an independent, craft-production brewery that produces high quality, handcrafted beers in a 30 barrel brewhouse. The brewery also features a taproom with 18 rotating taps, light fare, outdoor seating, and live music. Wine and hard cider are available, too.
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.
Our beer is distributed in bars and restaurants throughout Western New York and our cans of our West Coast Style IPA, Cherry Vanilla Wheat, and Coffee Porter can be found on shelves of grocery stores and beer shops throughout Erie and Niagara County. Cans can also be purchased to-go in the taproom, along with growler fills and kegs.
How We Got Our Name
Modern chemistry wouldn’t be what it is today without alchemy, the medieval study of purifying, maturing, and perfecting matters. Renowned as one of England’s greatest alchemists, George Ripley provided the first colloquial account of the practice in his masterpiece, The Compound of Alchymy – otherwise known as Ripley’s Twelve Gates.
Ripley’s prose explored the alchemic method in twelve steps, or “gates,” as he referred to them. The Ninth Gate, “Fermentation,” described the process of transmutation that forms a new product due to age, bacteria, or flame – a procedure still widely used today.
Honoring his legacy, 12 Gates Brewery is named after Ripley’s profound lifetime studies. Just like alchemy, the chemical process of brewing takes practice, diligence, determination, and morale. We aim to create the perfect beer from the fermentation of the finest, hand-picked ingredients. And if you ask us, grains can be turned into gold.