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The Buffalo Drinking Map

As chance would have it, at the same time that Buffalo is put on a pedestal as a top beer loving city, a researcher has compiled/mapped this city’s current and defunct breweries, distilleries, wineries, malt houses, etc. According to Cynthia Van Ness, Director of Library and Archives at The Buffalo History Museum, the work was completed by Amy Miller, Assistant Librarian at the museum. 

The map is a fascinating look into the world of drinking in Buffalo, past and present. This city was once a boom town for breweries and distilleries, before Prohibition came along and virtually obliterated the drinking industry overnight. Down but not out, Buffalo has been rebounding now that a number of the State’s archaic Blue Laws are being kicked to the curb.

Click here to visit the interactive Buffalo Drinking Map.

Lead image: Hilary Clarcq

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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