Buffalo Beer Week kicks off this Friday. During a recent tour of Buffalo, a real estate professional from Denver was stunned at the amount of breweries and distilleries that were found around (almost) every corner of the city. He couldn’t believe that Buffalo had become a brewing town, virtually overnight. It was one of the things that impressed him the most about this city, because it’s one of the types of industries that retains and attracts young people who look for that sort of activity when they are considering where to live.
Buffalo was able to make a quick comeback in the brewing industry thanks to relaxed brewing and distilling laws that previously prohibited breweries and distilleries from establishing.
“It’s evident that Governor Cuomo’s Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program has eliminated barriers for producers and paved the way for a growing successful brewing industry,” said NYS Empire State Development Regional Director Sam Hoyt at a Buffalo Beer Week kick-off press conference. “With the overall economic impact of craft beer in the region, Buffalo Beer Week is a great celebration not only to showcase the Buffalo-Niagara heritage, but highlight all of the local breweries that are instrumental in boosting the state’s agricultural and tourism industries.”
For ten consecutive days, Buffalo will be celebrating our brewing history and our newfound love for locally brewed craft beer. Buffalo Beer Week events include brewery tours, food and beer pairings, farm-to-pint specials, live music, passport specials, tap takeovers, tastings, Oktoberfest parties, a Ballpark Brew Bash, brunches, football tailgate parties, tastings, trivia events, a beer pong tournament, cask tappings, barbecues, tent parties, toasts, Beer Goddesses Anniversary Party, meet the brewer events, pub crawls, and beer competitions.