Does Size Matter? The American Obsession with Big Beers.

Shawn Kerr/ Head Brewer, Beer Geek, and closet Spice Girls fan As a young Irishman I grew up trying to convince myself size doesn’t matter.  It’s about spirit right?  Back up, get your mind out of the gutter; I’m talking about my slight frame, short stature, and a heart of an Irishman.  While, it may […]

The Kiwis Are Coming! The Kiwis Are Coming!

Shawn Kerr/ Head Brewer Let me begin by saying, getting contracts on hops as a startup brewery is about as enjoyable as poking yourself in the eye, which actually may be even more enjoyable.  Beyond being frustrating, time consuming, and downright maddening, the vendors change their minds on availability of hops as often as a […]

The First All-grain Batch: Carbon Monoxide, Lessons in Electronics, and Mechanical Failures.

Shawn Kerr/ Head Brewer, beer geek, and all-around classy guy.  Over a decade ago I delved into the world of homebrewing, and almost from the start jumped right in as an all-grain brewer.  I’ll admit I did play with a couple extract recipes, but found myself rather unsatisfied with my level of control.  Clearly I […]

We have landed!

12 Gates Brewing Company has landed! No, we are not a plane but a brewery. But speaking of planes, we will be located very close to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Our address will be 80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville NY 14221. And if you are sitting on the right side of the plane when landing, […]


So it’s been awhile since a post was done.  So time for a guest post from Operations!My function at 12 Gates is to make sure Shawn has everything he needs to brew really great beer.  Over the last year or so we have finalized our brewing equipment and now making sure he has all the […]

Hoppy Holidays from 12 Gates Brewing: An IPA pairing for your holiday feast.

Shawn Kerr/ Brewer, Beer Geek, and Santa’s little helper. Once again the most festive time of year is fast upon us; the tree is lit, the wreath hangs from the front door, the children gleam with excitement and anticipation for what lies in wait, and Clark Griswold down the street has electrified the neighborhood with […]

Pumping up that IPA and APA with some late addition hopping

Shawn Kerr/Brewer, Beer Geek, and all-around classy guy I wear two hats, science teacher by day (for now) and brewer over here at what I like to call the 12 Gates test labs.  It’s such a paradigm shift taking one hat off and putting the other on in so many ways – work attire is […]

Why 12 Gates?

The “Twelve Gates” have their origin in folklore, mythology and scripture.  In the Book of Revelations (Revelation 21:12), there is reference to the twelve gates, each of which represents a different passageway to heaven.  Additionally, in folklore and mythology, it is commonly believed that there exists twelve gates, or entrances, to the underworld.  These gates are […]

First try at our IPA

Of course we’ll have several styles of beer to choose from on opening day. But we are serious when we tell everyone that we want to brew an outstanding flagship IPA.  Last week our brewer worked up a nice little recipe which was tested today even though its only been a week. Tasted like a […]