Buffalo Beer Week 2014


BuffaloBeerWeek_2014_WebBuffalo, NY – Buffalo Beer Week will once again dominate the local craft beer scene as the 10-day celebration returns for its fifth year. Running from Thursday, September 25th – Sunday, October 5th, 2014 Buffalo Beer Week will once again feature dozens of unique events at bars, pubs, restaurants, breweries, and other craft beer destinations throughout the Buffalo Niagara region, including many breweries that have opened over the last few months.

“One thing is clear: Buffalo loves beer and for that reason Buffalo Beer Week celebrates Buffalo!” said Willard Brooks, Chairman of Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, which organizes the annual festival. “Our Beer Week honors Western New York’s rich brewing history while showcasing the tremendous revival of our craft beer culture that’s currently sweeping the region.”

The 10-day lineup features dozens of events – from tastings at local pubs to ticketed special events and nearly everything in between – including a ceremony to unveil the third annual class of inductees into the Buffalo Beer Hall of Fame which this year honors Bill Metzger of the Great Lakes Brewing News, Peter Kreinheder of Ellicottville Brewing Company, and Phin de Mink of Southern Tier Brewing Company.

This year’s featured events include:

Buffalo Beer Week Launch Party Thursday, September 25, 5-10pm at Templeton Landing (2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo NY 14202). This event will benefit the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. Please visit http://bit.do/BBWLaunchParty for tickets.

Buffalo Beer Goddesses One Year Anniversary Party Thursday, September 25, 7-10pm, at Mr. Goodbar (1100 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo). Join beer-loving women, from aspiring brewers to homebrewers to interested drinkers and everything in between. Enjoy the malty mojo of beer and grab a pint with the Buffalo Beer Goddesses upstairs at Mr. Goodbar. On tap is a limited release of craft beer from Flying Bison and Three Heads. For more information visit the Buffalo Beer Goddesses Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buffalobeergoddesses

Brewed in Buffalo Release Party Friday, September 26, 7 pm – 12 am at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Avenue near the Broadway Market in the city of Buffalo). Various breweries will provide exclusive new brews along with a Polish food buffet. Participating breweries include Resurgence Brewery, Community Beer Works, Big Ditch Brewery, Hamburg Brewery, New Buffalo Brewery, Southern Tier Brewery, Pearl Street Brewery, Black Bird Cider Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co. and Old First Ward Brewery.

Locktoberfest Saturday, October 4, 12-5 pm, in Lockport on Canal Street along the Erie Canal. Includes: cultural programs; narrated tours of the Lockport Locks Historic District; an expanded Community Market; sampling of regional craft brewers and wineries; children’s activities; farm fresh produce & artisan demonstrations; and Erie Canal-themed music, art and photography. There will be beer for sale along with a commemorative glass from Big Ditch, Blackbird Cider, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co, Hamburg Brewing Co., Old First Ward, Southern Tier, & Woodcock Brothers.

Food Pairings and Tastings, Pub Crawls and more! Throughout the 10 days of events and activities, various pubs, restaurants, and retail shops will provide beer dinners, beer and food pairings and pub crawls in communities such as East Aurora, Williamsville, and Black Rock. See website and 64 page program guide on display around the region for full details.

“Since its inception in 2007, Buffalo Beer Week has become one of the most highly anticipated craft beer celebrations in the region and the various events continue to bring visitors from across Upstate New York, Southern Ontario, Ohio and Pennsylvania to Western New York,” Brooks continued. “Successful growing festivals like Buffalo Beer Week and our first Buffalo Brewers Festival this past summer are unique ways we are celebrating the rebirth of craft brewing in the Buffalo Niagara region as well as successfully promoting the region as a destination for beer enthusiasts from all over the world.”

For more information about all of the great events taking place during Buffalo Beer Week, please visit www.buffalobeerweek.com.

About Buffalo Beer Week: Buffalo Beer Week (BBW) promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture by putting on a ten-day celebration in Erie and Niagara counties that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage and serves as a showcase for Buffalo’s breweries, restaurants, pubs and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Established in 2010, BBW is a growing annual celebration, featuring multitudes of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights at area bars, restaurants and other locations throughout the Buffalo Niagara region — as a growing organization, BBW promises to become one of Buffalo’s mostly highly anticipated annual tourism events. Visit www.buffalobeerweek.com for more information.

About The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association: The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association exists to unify the Buffalo Niagara craft beer community in order to increase regional sales of craft beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness, consumer education, and to monitor and assure a thriving craft beer and brewing industry within the Buffalo Niagara Region. For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, including membership, please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org

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Contacts: Brian Campbell – Buffalobeerleague@aol.com  Scott McMillian -Buffalobeerleague@yahoo.com

BBL members can receive $1 off pints at Mr. Goodbar, Resurgence Brewing Company & Hamburg Brewing Company

Buffalo, NY – Craft beer fans rejoice – The Buffalo Beer League (BBL), the enthusiast wing of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, is now accepting new members. The local beer club was started by friends and passionate craft beer lovers Brian Campbell and Scott McMillian.

For $40 a year (those who sign up now will have their memberships extended through December 31, 2015), BBL members will enjoy a plethora of perks and benefits, including a Buffalo Beer League/Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association branded Kleen Kanteen stainless steel pint glass, which gets members $1 off New York beer at participating bars and breweries, a list that includes Mr. Goodbar, Resurgence Brewing Company, Hamburg Brewing Company and Big Ditch Brewing (once open). KegWorks will also sell the pints and offer discounts to BBL members.

“When we started Buffalo Beer League, all we wanted to do was try something new and drink good beer,” said BBL co-founder Brian Campbell. “Drinking good beer with good people, all while promoting local businesses and breweries and doing whatever we can do to help further the Buffalo craft beer scene. It’s all about having fun, drinking local and drinking better.”

BBL members will also gain early entry to all Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association festivals and events and access to purchase admission tickets before anyone else, as well as the ability to take part in exclusive VIP tours and tastings at participating bars and breweries.

“The BBL and BNBA are indispensable partners in the promotion and growth of the craft beer scene in our region,” Paul Marko of Download Design adds. “Both are determined to educate and unify everyone, from seasoned enthusiasts to the person new on the craft spectrum.”

Find out more information on the BBL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebuffalobeerleague, Twitter (@buffbeerleague) and Instagram/Untappd (@buffalobeerleague).

Find out more information on the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and sign up for a BBL membership at BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.org.

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Rain Doesn’t STOP Buffalo from loving their Beer!

By CRAIG WHEELER  -  July 28, 2014


Last weekend the rains poured down like the beer from the taps at Canalside. What I mean to say is that it didn’t stop for hours. HOURS!!!!! Well rain be damned, Josh and Rebecca accompanied me down to the Buffalo Brewers Festival put on by theBuffalo/Niagara Brewers Association. When it was all said and done with, I was soaked and maybe a little more tipsy than I would have liked. No worries; Rebecca served as our designated driver! However, the rain really didn’t bother me all that much. By the time we left the Buffalo Brewers Festival, I had tasted at least 35 different types of beer. So that rain hadn’t stopped me or the more than 1,500 Buffalonians who attended from having a good time.


While the weather was terrible, the beer was fantastic with over 80 different selections to choose from. Brewers large and small came to Canalside, such as Brooklyn, Ommegang, Flying Bison, Community Beer Works, Hamburg, Resurgence, and Rogers Beer just to name a few. Some smaller breweries brought one or two kegs of beer to sample, while some of the larger breweries brought three or four kegs and switched out when the keg was tapped. There was a VIP tent thatMeopened at 2 PM, which had private tastings and a pig roast as well as comfy seating. Live music played most of the time with a tent set up in the middle of Canalside with bales of hay and tables to enjoy food.

There were, of course, food trucks. The Whole Hog, and The Cheesy Chick, as well as Pizza Plant and JD’s Smokin Grill and Bars and a few others served up awesomeness, and coupled with all the fantastic beer, made the event a total success. The Tinder Box was even there selling cigars, which I was happy to sample.


The real star of this show was the beer! I will point out that I’m not a huge fan of IPAs (just a little too hoppy for me, but too each their own). Some of the IPAs had me going back for seconds!

  • Shmaltz Brewing Companies – “Death Of A Contract Brewer” was a Malty IPA, with hints of chocolate and coffee that got my taste buds ready for more beer.
  • Hamburg Brewing Companies – “SamuRYE” felt like a stiff kick to the face. Full and hoppy and in your face like Bruce Lee!
  • Keuka Lake Brewers – “Imperial Amber Rye Ale” was by far one of the best beers I tasted with it’s flavors more subtle than an aggressive IPA. It had me going back for thirds!

My favorite beers are generally very heavy or very light; I’m not much of an in between kinda guy. Some of the porters and stouts were mind-blowing!

  • Rogers Beers out of Rochester had a “Double Chocolate Porter” that tasted like a chocolate parfait in your mouth!
  • Galaxy Brewing Company had a “Vanilla Porter” that was my favorite beer of the day hands down!
  • Keuka Lake also had a “Saison Noir” that was to die for, which had some citrus flavor coupled with a much fuller flavor than I would have thought. It was a favorite of some of the Brewers as well!
  • SingleCut Brewsmiths “Kim” was a Hibiscus Sour Lager that tasted as if you had stuck a hand full of sour gummies in your mouth! Pucker Up!

Tim Herzog

At a tasting with beer event that featured foods by Premier Gourmet and chocolates by Ben Johnson of Blue Table Chocolates, the samples were paired up with brewers who selected beers to fit the flavor profile of the food. By far, the best pairing was a dark chocolate truffle with Resurgence Brewery’s Loganberry Wit, which–when paired together–drew all the raspberry and blackberry flavors from the beer as you ate the chocolate. It was to die for! Brewers then were available to answer questions and generally talked beer when they could with the patrons!

This festival, the first of what is set to become an annual event, was there to highlight all the great things going on in Buffalo as it comes to food, brewing and sustainability. Willard Brooks, president of the Brewers Association, told me that more events are coming up this year; Buffalo’s 5th Buffalo Beer Week 2014! The events are helping to showcase a Buffalo the likes of which we haven’t seen in years–confident, full of fun, and ready to believe good things are ahead!

To learn more about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, click on there link here - buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org/

Also check out the Buffalo Beer League – on twitter at @buffbeerleague and membership is available click here

LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE http://whatsgoingoninbuffalo.com/2014/07/28/rain-doesnt-stop-buffalo-from-loving-their-beer-buffalo-brewers-festival/


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Buffalo Brewers Festival attracts large crowd with craft beer, music, food trucks

By Michelle Kearns | Buffalo News Staff Reporter |


Julie Ciolek serves a McKenzie’s Hard Cider to a patron during the Brewer’s Festival at Canalside in Buffalo. Rain didn’t hinder Saturday’s turnout. Mark Mulville/Buffalo News

Julie Ciolek serves a McKenzie’s Hard Cider to a patron during the Brewer’s Festival at Canalside in Buffalo. Rain didn’t hinder Saturday’s turnout. Mark Mulville/Buffalo News[/caption]

Crowds came out to Canalside on Saturday in spite of rain for the first Brewer’s Festival to sample beer from 30 New York brewers and dine on food truck fare.

“This is quite the turnout for how bad the weather is,” said Brian Campbell, a founder of the Buffalo Beer League tasting club, stepping out of the rain and under a tent to talk Saturday. “It just goes to show that our local beer community can support more events like this. … We’re experiencing a boom.”

As the festival began Saturday afternoon, music played and so many people stood by the beer tents with small tasting glasses, and umbrellas, that the taps and servers were obscured. As the first event organized by the newly formed Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, the festival attracted beer aficionados, music fans and foodies.

About 1,000 sprang for advance tickets, from a $40 regular entry and tasting glass to $75 VIP passes.

Niki Klem went for the VIP ticket because it came with a tasting of pork dishes made with meat raised at T-Meadow Farm in Lockport.

“There’s a neat Rust Belt artisan food and drink revival,” she said.

Klem usually prefers wine, but the sour taste of the pale beer in her glass pleased her.

“It’s like beer and vinegar,” she said. “I like the tartness.”

Tania Klemm and friend Sarah Hulings lounged in Adirondack chairs sheltered from the rain beneath the Skyway overpass.

They came from Erie, Pa., to hang out and hear the blues and jazz of the headline act J.J. Grey & Mofro. Klem liked the Andromeda IPA beer she tried by the Binghamtom Galaxy Brewing Co. The wet weather wasn’t getting in the way of her fun.

“You have a few beers,” she said, “and you forget it’s raining.”

Inside the VIP tent, Noah McIntee, the brewer at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, was trying a Session ale by Flying Bison. It was a perfect pallet cleanser – light, hoppy and refreshing.

He was standing next to Lockport T-Meadow Farm owner Rich Tilyou. Both were waiting in line to sample pasta Bolognese with pork and bison and other dishes made with T-Meadow pork raised on grain leftover from beer making.

Pearl Street was one of two breweries sending from 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of spent grain a week to help feed T-Meadow’s 150 heritage breed hogs.

“Their waste is our benefit,” Tilyou said. “So it’s a full circle.”


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A premiere craft beer festival featuring over 30 New York State breweries, roots and rock music, local food vendors and brands and celebrating the spirit of Buffalo. The Buffalo Brewers Festival is committed to a message of sustainability and supporting local brewers, local farmers, local chefs and local business.




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Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociationLogo_Contact:   June 3, 2014     Earl Wells    e3communications  716-854-8182


WNY’s Only Craft Beer Festival Put On By and For WNY Brewers!

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association announced last week at a Canalside press conference that tickets are now on sale for the Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside, a premiere craft beer and music festival on Saturday July 19 from 3-10pm that will celebrate and showcase Western New York’s burgeoning craft beer and food scene. The festival, which runs from 3pm-10pm, will convene the area’s top local & state brewers, farmers and food artisans for a day-long festival that will include craft beer tastings and pairings, live music, food trucks, and much more. The Buffalo Brewers Festival will feature craft brewers and brews from more than 30 New York State breweries, six live bands on two different stages, five food trucks, and a Meet-the-Brewer tent with brewer-led food/beer pairings, educational panels, and special tastings.

“The 2014 Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside is the first of what we expect to become an annual celebration that showcases Western New York’s exploding local craft beer and food scene,” said Willard Brooks, Chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA), which is organizing the event along with Canalside, Global Spectrum, and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC). “Similar to our annual Buffalo Beer Week festival, this event showcases and celebrates the very best of our state’s and region’s local craft food and beverage producers. If you love locally-produced craft beer, great tasting food and live music on the Buffalo waterfront, then you won’t want to miss this first-annual event.” Additional attractions at the event include:

  • BEER! – We will be hosting 30+ breweries with 60 or 70 different beers on tap to sample. Later from 7-10pm, while J.J. Grey & Mofro is playing, we will have pints for sale featuring only BNBA member breweries.
  • Meet the Brewer! – Special ticketed food & beer tasting sessions that feature local breweries paired with cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate.
  • VIP! – Available to VIP-ticketed guests, the beer tent is a beer-enthusiast and localavores’s dream, serving up select special brews paired with a whole-roasted hertiage hog from T-Meadow Farm and an array of locally crafted sides — all expertly prepared and presented by Chef Jeff Cooke of Osteria 166.
  • MUSIC! – Thanks to Canalside’s talents, live music will be part of the festival all day long!  During the beer tasting from 3-7pm, music will complement the 30+ breweries on tap with Big Leg Emma, Pine Fever, Steam Donkey and busker surprises.  From 7-10pm, music will take center stage as the Tumbleweed Wanders open for J.J. Grey & Mofro with pints of local beer for sale.
  • Breweries   — Adirondack, Barrier, Blackbird Cider, Brooklyn, Captain Lawrence, CB, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville, Flying Bison, Galaxy, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg, Horseheads, Ithaca, Keuka,  Lake Placid, New Buffalo, Old First Ward, Ommegang, Pan Am, Pearl Street, Resurgence, Ringside, Roc, Rogers, Saranac, St Lawerence, Shmaltz, Single Cut, Southern Tier, Spider Bite, Three Heads, Woodcock Brothers.

“The Buffalo Brewer’s festival at Canalside is a special event which brings the Buffalo brewing heritage and culture full circle to Buffalo’s inspirational waterfront”, said John Russo, founder of Hamburg Brewing Company, one of the local breweries to be represented at the event.  “It is an event that engages the beer consumer in the most important part of brewing culture…. FUN! When great food, great music, and great beer collide it becomes a celebration of what us Buffalonians enjoy.”

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.TicketFly.com or the Association’s website, BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.org. General admission is $40 and includes all beer tastings and access to live music from 3-10pm. VIP tickets are also available for $75 and include early entry and access to the VIP tent. For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association – including membership – and the full line up of bands, breweries, food vendors, and other participants, please visit BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.org.  Also visit BuffaloBrewersFestival.com.

About The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association exists to unify the Buffalo Niagara craft beer community in order to increase regional sales of craft beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness, consumer education, and to monitor and assure a thriving craft beer and brewing industry within the Buffalo Niagara Region. For more information about the BN Brewers Association, including membership, please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org

Festival Tickets www.BuffaloBrewersFestival.com

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Meet the Brewer Night – Resurgence


Come out and join the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) and the Buffalo Beer League (BBL) as we present the first of our new monthly Meet the Brewer nights.

The featured brewery this month will be none other than Buffalo’s newest brewers: Resurgence Brewing Company.

Stop out to Pizza Plant Italian Pub (Transit Road), meet the boys from Resurgence and try a full compliment of their beers for purchase on draft. Beers that will be tapped include Resurgence IPA, Session IPA, Blood Orange Saison, Loganberry Wit and Sponge Candy Stout.

Don’t miss out on a great time. We hope to see all of you there!

Meet the Brewer Night is a movable feast that takes place every first Tuesday of the Month at various BNBA-BBL member establishments that will always feature the brews of one (or more) of our esteemed local brewers.

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Contacts:  Earl Wells/Danielle DelMonte   e3communications 716-854-8182

Seven local breweries to make 6 craft beers specifically for event BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) is sponsoring the first annual “Farm to Pint” (F2P) event to showcase the craft beer making supply chain in the region.  Seven local craft breweries using New York State grown hops and malts will produce 6 unique beers especially for the event.  The brewers, farmers, and maltsters will be present to share in the tasting and provide information about the process of bringing New York State hops and malts from the farm to the pint glass. F2P will be held at Hamburg Brewing Company, 6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg, NY, on Sunday May 18th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  F2P is free and open to the public. Pints of the following 6 beers will be available for purchase for those 21 years and older:

  • The House Dressing Amber Ale (Hamburg Brewing Company)
  • Klassy American Pale Ale (Community Beer Works & Big Ditch Brewing Company)
  • Honey Bunches Ale (Flying Bison Brewing Company)
  • Local Pale (Gordon Biersch)
  • Niagara County “Session” Pale Ale (Old First Ward Brewing Co.)
  • Maple Monk Tripel (Hamburg Brewing & Resurgence Brewing)

“F2P highlights Buffalo Niagara’s growing hops, small grains farming, and malting industry that allows local brewing companies to provide award-winning beer from local sources,” said Willard Brooks, Chairman of the BNBA Board of Directors.  “It is an extremely exciting and entrepreneurial time to be part of the craft brewing scene in our region.” Two newly launched malt houses, New York Craft Malt (Batavia) and Niagara Malt (Cambria), join a growing number of local barley farmers to push the industry forward.  Such collaboration is the hallmark of entrepreneurial spirit in Buffalo Niagara, a region that historically was nationally known for its brewing industry and had two former mayors who were in the malting industries (Solomon Scheu and John Manning). This dramatic growth is supported by Governor Cuomo’s farm brewery bill, passed June 18th, 2012, that designated “farm breweries” for operations that use at least 20% local malt and hops at the onset, followed by 60% in year 7 and 90% in year 12.   F2P highlights Buffalo Niagara’s quick response to the opportunity; both Hamburg Brewery and Old First Ward are now designated as “farm breweries.” For more information about the BN Brewers Association, including membership, please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org

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Contacts:  Earl Wells/Danielle DelMonte   e3communications  716-854-8182

Board to advocate on behalf of craft beer industry throughout the region

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) has announced its 2014 board of directors who will work collaboratively to restore and preserve Buffalo Niagara’s brewing heritage as well as to promote local craft breweries and related festivals and events featuring craft beers.

The 2014 board of directors includes:

  • Willard Brooks, President, Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association
  • Brian Campbell & Scott McMillan (ex officio), Buffalo Beer League
  • Nick Notarius, Treasurer, Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association
  • Rob Free, Food and Beverage Director, Buffalo Bisons
  • Ted Hawley, President, New York Craft Malt, LLC
  • Tim Herzog, General Manager, Flying Bison Brewing Company
  • Matthew Kahn, President, Big Ditch Brewing Company
  • Scott McMillan (ex-officio), Buffalo Beer League (enthusiast club manger)
  • Brian Melber, Partner, Personius Melber
  • Mark Notarius, President, Premier Gourmet
  • Dave Rivers, President, Kegworks
  • John Russo Jr., President, Hamburg Brewing Company
  • Dan Syracuse, Vice President, Pizza Plant
  • Jeff Ware, President, Resurgence Brewing Company
  • Earl V. Wells III, President, e3communications

The BNBA will be involved in a variety of regional craft beer events for the upcoming year, including Farm to Pint Week beginning May 18th at Hamburg Brewing Company, Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside on July 19th, Buffalo Beer Week Sept 26 – Oct 5th, and monthly Meet the Brewer Nights beginning May 6th.  A winter festival is also being planned.  In addition, the association will be advocating on behalf of the industry in order to create a positive business climate for craft brewers in the Buffalo Niagara region.

“The BNBA will be involved in many initiatives this year to expand outreach and raise awareness about the craft brewing industry,” said Willard Brooks, Chairman of the BNBA Board of Directors.  “We have a very diverse team of talented individuals on our board who are committed to advocating on behalf of the local craft beer industry throughout the Buffalo Niagara region.”

For more information about the Association including membership please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org.

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Introducing the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association!



Contacts:  Earl Wells/Danielle DelMonte   e3communications  716-854-8182


Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association will promote industry through advocacy, annual events and festivals

BUFFALO, NY – The boom in the craft beer market and the opening of various craft beer breweries in the region has resulted in professionals banding together to form a new trade group to advocate on behalf of the craft beer industry – The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA).  The formation of the Association is the result of the strategic collaboration by several craft brewers and related entities to promote the growth of the craft brewing industry in the Buffalo Niagara region.

“There is a renaissance in cities across America, including Buffalo, in re-discovering the heritage of craft beer making,” said Willard Brooks, Chairman of the BNBA Board of Directors.  “Making beer locally by using local ingredients and local products was how beer historically was made in our country since colonial times.  Beer making is just going back to its natural roots and in turn is creating a new economy not only in supply chain and locally grown products, but also as a tourism draw through festivals and celebrations as well as our world class pubs that are bringing beer enthusiasts to Western New York from across the region and the country.

With twelve breweries/brewpubs open or set to open –and several in-planning–, our total regional brewery-brewpub count will increase to sixteen in 2014.  Also expected to open this year are two malt houses, Niagara Malt in Lockport and NY Craft Malt in Batavia.  According to BNBA officials, across the board growth in this sector, including an uptick in the number of beer related events, has resulted in an increased need for an organized, collaborative effort to brand and coordinate the craft brewing industry as an engine for regional economic growth and development.

The BNBA also plans to create four annual festivals to promote craft beer and beer making, one being the annual Buffalo Beer Week, a ten day celebration of Buffalo’s unique craft beer and beer-making heritage that will kick off on September 26 with the annual Brewed in Buffalo event.  Other events include the Farm to Pint Tasting at Hamburg Brewery on May 18, the Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside on July 18, and the monthly meet the brewer nights taking place at local pubs and eateries.

“Successful growing festivals like Buffalo Beer Week and the Battle of Lake Erie highlight how strong an impact local craft brewing has on the revitalization of Western New York,” said Brooks. “The BNBA was formed as a way to showcase Buffalo’s rich beer-making history and to stimulate further interest in the local beer industry from surrounding counties in the region, as well as Rochester and Southern Ontario.”

The craft beer industry has a significant economic development impact as it pertains to supply chain.  For example, hops are an especially labor intensive crop to raise that require farmers to hire workers, buy equipment and contract various services. Craft brewers, especially farm brewers, need prodigious amounts of locally grown hops but also malts – this has already given rise to two new malt houses and the rebirth of an industry that once literally dominated the landscape of the city of Buffalo.

In addition to skilled workers, brewers also need to purchase storage tanks, kegs, fittings, and other specialized brewing equipment. Craft brewers, who are customers of farms, also increase business for distributors, retailers, pubs, restaurants, and hotels.   There are also new brewing programs coming up in the area which will train future brewing staff for the local beer & beer-hospitality industry.

Government leaders such as New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo have recognized the positive impacts of the craft brew industry through initiatives like “TasteNY”.  The Governor and the State Legislature recently passed legislation that supports craft breweries, increases demand for locally grown farm products and expands industry related economic development and tourism.

“Legislative action such as ‘TasteNY’ further reflects the growing demand and interest in making craft breweries part of New YorkState’s many tourist attractions,” said BNBA board member Tim Herzog, and general manager of Flying Bison Brewery Company. “Harnessing the opportunity to further develop the industry through the BNBA is key to making this movement an integral part of Buffalo’s evolving economic landscape.”

It is the combination of these state and regional initiatives that have been critical in the formation of the BNBA and its mission to advocate for the craft brewing industry on behalf of the local industry and supply chain partners in Western New York.

For more information about the Association including membership please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org.

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