42 North is a local brewery with community vibes

by Amy Brooks, BDC Editor

Tucked away on Pine Street in East Aurora is a community bar. It’s the kind of place where people stop in to cool off with a pint after walking their dog, or where they take their family for dinner and watch their kids play games while they relax on the back patio.

This community bar is a little different, though, because 42 North is a craft beer brewery.

The Space

photo from Instagram @42northbrewing

photo from Instagram @42northbrewing

Named after the 42nd parallel that the building sits on, the brewery draws upon the region’s history for inspiration for both its beers and its decor.

The trendy, rustic interior has high top seating as well as a cushy lounge area. The brick walls have pillars that make cozy alcoves perfect for a date night or people watching.

Along the far wall, high top tables overlook the brewery, and on warm days, a short trip down the stairs and skirting past the large stainless steel tanks will lead you to a stone covered patio complete with fire pit, lawn games and an outdoor bar.

This space is perfect for summer days and is home to events like the recent home run derby which benefitted East Aurora baseball and softball.

The Beer

photo from Instagram @42northbrewing

photo from Instagram @42northbrewing

Like any brewery, 42 North’s focus is on the beer. Among their year-round core beers are Borderland IPA brewed with hops that give it strong citrus aromas, the roasty, chocolatey Asylum Porter and Wallonia Belgian Wit with notes of ginger, coriander and pepper.

There are also seasonal and limited release brews on tap like the True Line Hazy IPA with passion fruit, peach and guava notes and the Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale with raisin, vanilla and molasses flavors.

If you’re looking for something drinkable, but still full of flavor, order the Bohemian Pilsner. The spicy, floral flavor leans more towards malty than hoppy, but it isn’t heavy or syrupy. If you love this beer as much as we do, know that it comes in at 6.5% ABV and plan your visit accordingly!

Looking to do a beer pairing at home? Check their website for pairing recommendations! Each beer description has pairing suggestions. You can take their beer home in cans or growlers, and you can find some of their brews at Wegmans!

The Food

photo Amy Brooks

Hungry? You’re in for a treat.

42 North home to Roots Kitchen run by the dynamic duo Nathan and Chelsea Root. Local ingredients are at the heart of the farm-to-table rotating menu. What isn’t made in-house is bought from Elm Street Bakery, First Light Farm & Creamery, Barrel & Brine, Breadhive and local farms.

Our recommendation is to stop by for brunch. The menu is small with four choices, but each option is delicious. For a sweet and salty treat get belgian waffles with bacon baked into the mix. If you’re hollandaise sauce crazy, order their classic Eggs Benedict.


If good beer, good food and a laid-back atmosphere aren’t enough, the brewery also hosts live music and other events. Be sure to check out what’s going on on Facebook before your next visit!

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