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BlackBird Cider Works to open public cider hall and hard cider production operation on Chandler Street

BlackBird Cider Works has officially announced its intentions to expand operations by opening a public cider hall and hard cider production operation on Chandler Street in Black Rock. The hard cider producer (est. 2011) is known as the first of its kind in the region – the operation has been up and running in Barker, NY. Now, after 7 years in business, the plan is to create a second home for its limited edition and barrel aged ciders, at the historic and newly renovated Linde Air Building (learn more) located at 155 Chandler Street.

“Over the last 7 years, BlackBird Cider Works has been fortunate to become a well-recognized brand of hard cider in Western New York and beyond,” said Founder and President Scott Donovan, who is also a commercial apple grower. “We are excited and proud to have the opportunity to serve and produce our line of premium cider products right in the heart of downtown Buffalo. We are Buffalo’s local cider.”

The Black Rock expansion project will feature:

  • A roomy cider hall featuring over 30 ciders and beers on tap with a focus on local and New York State products
  • The interior theme will celebrate Buffalo’s connection with agriculture and the transportation of agricultural products
  • Outside a spacious patio area situated around the smokestack replete with fire pits in a park like setting
  • Bocce ball courts allowing guests to enjoy their cider outside

This is another incredible boon for Chandler Street, which is quickly becoming a destination district. Once all of the pieces of the puzzle are in place and operational, the vision will be a sight for sore eyes. With some more infill, this former industrial part of the city will resemble something similar to the Distillery District in Toronto, when it first began to make its mark.

Images: BlackBird Cider 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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