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Hydraulic Hearth celebrates 2nd Annual Prohibition Repeal Night

Prohibition was a bad thing for Buffalo. The city lost distilleries, breweries, buildings, jobs, and an overall sense of pride in an industry that we were really good at and known for – brewing beer and distilling spirits. Unfortunately there’s nothing that we can do to reverse some of the tragedies that befell this city when Prohibition struck. But we can look back and honor those that refused to give up the ship.

On Saturday, December 5, Buffalo will be celebrating Prohibition Repeal, by honoring this city’s brewing and distilling history, as well as the new brewing and distilling operations that are popping up again.

To pay tribute to the occasion, from 10pm to 1am Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant and Brewery will have an authentic 1920’s style band, tastings, retail tables from 5 local distillers, and exclusively prohibition-era cocktails (martini, kangaroo, old fashioned, and Negroni) prepared with local spirits.

“Like the Prohibition Repeal era, this is a high time for distilling in Western New York, especially here in Larkinville,” said Hydraulic Hearth proprietor Harry Zemsky. “We’re honored to host this spirited collaboration between local businesses that should make for flapping good fun for all.”

This Prohibition Repeal Day salute marks the 82nd anniversary of the 21st Amendment. Fittingly, Larkinville played a big part in Buffalo’s recovery process. At the time of the repeal, the Larkin Terminal Warehouse was the city’s only bonded warehouse, which meant that when the time came, 10,000 cases of imported whiskey and gin were stockpiled in Larkinville and then disseminated throughout the city.

Who: Hydraulic Hearth, 5 WNY distilleries, Dr. Jazz & the Jazzbugs

What: 2nd annual Prohibition Repeal Night at Hydraulic Hearth

When: Saturday, December 5th, 10pm- 1am

Where: Hydraulic Hearth, 716 Swan Street, Buffalo

Why: A spirited collaboration on an historic occasion – Buffalo Distilling, Lockhouse, Tommyrotter, Black Squirrel, and Niagara Distilling Companies



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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