(Buffalo, N.Y.) – The popularity of craft beer appears to be surging in western New York, as five craft breweries opened in the Buffalo area in 2015. Overall, there are roughly 20 craft breweries in the Buffalo-Niagara region.
Nationally, since 2005, the number of craft breweries in the U.S. has increased from around 1,400 to more than 4,000 according to the Brewers Association, which is a group that promotes small brewers.
Coming up Monday (2/15) at 9 p.m. on the Buffalo Review on 91.3 WBNY-FM, we will discuss the economics, growth and popularity of craft brewing.
Our guests will include Tim Herzog, the co-founder of the Flying Bison Brewing Company. Flying Bison, which opened in 2000, is the first stand-alone brewery to open in Buffalo since the 1970s.
Herzog is the vice president of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and a SUNY Buffalo State alum. He recently gave a lecture at the school about the history of brewing in Buffalo, which was titled “How Beer Saved Buffalo.”
We’ll also be joined by Matt Kahn, co-founder of the Big Ditch Brewing Company, which opened in the fall of 2014. Kahn is also a member of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and he has a background as a chemical engineer.
* Joseph Kasko and Daniel Almasi contributed to this report.