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Lakeward Spirits Signs On @ The Barrel Factory

The Barrel Factory has announced that it has landed an artisanal distillery called Lakeward Spirits, that will make its home in the Old First Ward. Lakeward Spirits joins Queen City Malting (see here) as a key tenant within the maker’s market. The vision for The Barrel Factory is rapidly unfolding, and with this latest news, there appears to be heightened interest in the building, the market, and the historic waterfront neighborhood.

“We’re excited to be a player in the re-birth of Buffalo’s Old First Ward,” says Adam Bystran, Chief of Distillery Operations for Lakeward Spirits. “As well as in the growing brewing-distilling culture here. With a maltster in-house, whiskey lovers will be able to watch our process from grain to glass.”

Lakeward Spirits micro-distillery specializes in the production of whiskeys, gins, and infusions from scratch. “Lakeward Spirits represents a huge step forward in achieving our vision for The Barrel Factory,” said Bruce Mack, Treasurer of Lazarus Properties, the company that is redeveloping the historic factory building.”

Next up, Lazarus Properties plans on signing up a brewery to the maker’s market, as well as a coffee roaster, cheese maker, special event caterer, and a perfumery. The variety of artisanal food and drink within the building will go a long way towards creating a unique destination in the Old First Ward.

The start-up will Distillery operations are expected to commence this winter. “Look LAKEWARD!”

More information on The Barrel Factory is available on the building’s web site and its Facebook page

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Lakeward Spirits | The Barrel Factory | 65 Vandalia Street | Buffalo, NY 14204



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • ImissBuffalo

    Now this is awesome. Distillers brewers cheese makers now this sounds like a destination. How about some fine meat place to compliment the cheese. And then have pairings with drinks so almost everyone in the place could benefit from one sale!

  • OldFirstWard

    More fantastic news for the aging brick building.  
    After voting last night at the community center just a block down the street,  I drove past the Barrel Factory and saw a packed house with cars parked all around McCarthy’s Bar across the street from the building.  Not sure if it was a private event or a political function, but the small brewery addition next to McCarthy’s was lit up and appeared to be active.  Beyond that, all was quiet in the neighborhood. 
    I can’t wait to see some exterior renderings of the Barrel Factory along with more in depth plans for the brick structure.

  • North Park

    Surprised you didn’t walk such a short distance.

  • OldFirstWard

    North Park
    That is why I have a car and insurance payment.  I drive to my destinations.

  • LouisTully

    OldFirstWard North Park A block?

  • OldFirstWard

    I don’t live a block from the polling place. I drove past the Barrel Factory after voting. The Barrel Factory is located a block from the polling center.
    I went out to vote, apparently the millennials and their bicycles stayed home with Mom and Dad.  I just heard that ONLY 12% of millennials voted compared to 37% in 2012.   Then they wonder why things are difficult for them.  What did they lose interest already?  Or maybe they should put the voting machines at Silo City, or a craft beer tasting.  What a dysfunctional bunch.