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How Abandoned Buildings Created Buffalo’s Booming New Beer Scene

buffalo0315-big-ditchBuffalo’s burgeoning beer scene has been featured in Not only has writer Sean Flynn managed to capture the lay of the land when it comes to breweries, he also managed to get a pretty neat rendering from Big Ditch Brewing Company that depicts the interior of the brew pub operation (inset).

Flynn discusses the Golden Days of brewing, the Prohibition Era, and what it took to get Buffalo brewing back off the ground – namely the Craft Beer Act. Today, breweries are not only opening up left and right in Buffalo, their craft creations can be found at almost every bar in the region. That’s pretty cool if you think about it, considering that all of this has happened in a relatively short period of time.

Today we have access to a lot more local craft beers for a couple of reasons. It just so happened that Buffalo had a bunch of empty buildings that turned out to be perfect for the blossoming brewery scene. Then there were people such as Ethan Cox (co-founder Community Beer Works), along with other at the NYS Brewers Association board (Executive Director Paul Leone and President Dave Katleski), who went out on a limb to hand deliver the outdated brewing regulations to Albany (with the help of Assemblyman Sean Ryan) in hopes of sweeping change. Thanks to those efforts, there are fewer regulations on local brewers. In fact, if a beer lover is so inclined to “down” a pint at Community Beer Works, that is not only possible, but quite trendy. Will wonders ever cease?

Lead image: Community Beer Works


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, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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