, 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 region.
The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association formed in 2013 as a 501.c.6 trade association during a renaissance in our region’s craft brewing industry that has seen the rebirth of breweries, brewpubs, beer gardens, barley growing, hopyards, and malt houses. Our goal is to restore and preserve Buffalo Niagara’s brewing heritage and to position our region for achieving world class status as a craft beer destination.
The Association achieves this by:
- Building and maintaining a Buffalo Niagara Beer Trail
- Organizing and hosting prominent craft beer events, such as: Buffalo Beer Week, Buffalo Brewers Fest at Outer Harbor, Farm to Pint week, the Buffalo Brewers Invitational, and the Canadian American Beer Festival (Can Am)
- Partnering with our industry counterparts on the Niagara Penninsula to present a complete tourist view of our bi-national brewing region
- Educating the public & tourists about Buffalo Niagara craft beer.
- Advocating for the Buffalo Niagara craft beer industry in city & regional government.
- Partnering with local retailers, food, beverage, hospitality, and agricultural industries
- Growing our enthusiast membership base (i.e. beer tourists, festival attendees & tap-room customers)
- Partnering with international (Ontario), state (NY), and local (WNY) organizations who are willing and able to help the BNBA achieve it’s broad goals.
Board of Directors
- Willard Brooks, BNBA, President & Co-Founder
- Tim Herzog, BNBA Co-Founder & Vice President (incoming President) — Flying Bison Brewing Company
- Clay Keel, Buffalo Beer Week Chair & incoming BNBA Vice President, founder/brewer 42 North Brewing Company
- Scott Donovan, BNBA Treasurer – Black Bird Cider Works
- Scott Schuler, BNBA, Secretary & CanAm Chair — 12 Gates Brewing Company, Head Brewer
- Ted Hawley (F2P Program Chair) — New York Craft Malt, President
- Jeff Ware, (Brewers Festival Chair) Resurgence Brewing Company, President
- Peter Krieinheder, Ellicottville Brewing Company, President
- David Giczkowski (Retail Committee), Southern Tier Brewing Company, Regional Sales Manager
- Dan Syracuse, (Retail Committee) Pizza Plant Founder
- Daryl Howe, (Retail Committee), Aurora Brew Works President and Founder
- Scott McMillan, Buffalo Beer League
- Jaye Beattie, (Membership Chair) founder/owner Four Mile Brewing Company
- Kelly Krupski, (Brewers Invitational Chair) owner of NYBP
- 2nd Annual Buffalo Brewers Invitational (Feb)
- 1st Annual Canadian-American Beer Fest (April)
- 5th Annual Farm-to-Pint Week (May)
- 5th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival (June)
- 9th Annual Buffalo Beer Week (Sept)
About Buffalo Beer
There was a time that Buffalo had such a substantial trade in beer that it could be said that our city was a brewing center of excellence—a place where thousands of workers made barrels, sold ice, made vast amounts of malt, brewed prodigious amounts of beer, and maintained a rich culture of responsible public drinking in the form of beer gardens and pubs that graced practically every corner. Buffalo’s beer culture was a rich and important cultural asset that added character, created lots of jobs, and brought face-to-face culture across production lines and biergarten trays to anyone who wanted to partake of this culture back in the halcyon days of Buffalo beer before Prohibition.
The few breweries that re-opened after Prohibition succumbed to the forces of outside competition, and all Buffalo’s breweries were shuttered by the mid-1970s. It was not until the mid-1990s when Flying Bison opened that Buffalo had its own brewery again. By that time “craft beer” had been born at breweries such as Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada. Craft brewers discovered that macro-brewed beer using cheap adjunct ingredients led to a brew with little character. Flavorful craft beer has since prospered and the US now has 4,144 breweries (surpassing the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873). This growth in the number of breweries as well as in their quality and range is often referred to as the “craft beer revolution.”
And now this trend is beginning to take hold here in Buffalo. In the last few years, breweries such as Community Beer Works, Gordon Biersch, the Pan American, Hamburg Brewing Company, Four Mile, Gene McCarthy’s, Big Ditch, Resurgence, and Rusty Nickel and others slated to open such as Thin Man and Buffalo Brewing Company. In addition, craft beer bars such as Moor Pat, GoodBar, Pizza Plant, Cole’s, World of Beer, and many others have become very popular. Retailers such as Consumers, Premier Gourmet, Brewed & Bottled, and Aurora Beer Works have busy growler-filling stations, impressive arrays of premium product, and knowledgeable staff willing and able to help you decide which beer to pair with your dinner tonight. From Wilson to Olean, the craft beer revolution is alive and well in Buffalo Niagara — and the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association aims to play a big part in the re-establishment of our region as a world class craft beer destination.