Happy 4th everyone!  I’m celebrating our Independence Day with the End of the World.  OK, this doesn’t make much sense, in any way, but I really don’t care since it’s so delicious.  (please refer to inserted picture of La Fin du Monde by Unibroue as you go “ohhh, I get it….”)  This beer makes the hair on my head stand up.  This is a good thing.

For this post, we thought we’d take a break from the brewery essay series we’ve been writing to give you an update on… us.

We’ve been busy.  But wait, there’s more!

First, and most importantly, we are getting closer to fully funding the brewery.  We’ve had lots of interest in making this thing a go, and we’re getting to the point where we are beginning to rework details of our plan in order to get this off the ground as soon as we can.  We’ve had to answer lots of questions as to how we think this will all go down, but things are looking good.  As always – shout at us if you have any questions about what we’re doing, when we’ll be open, what our favorite color is, etcetera etcetera…

Second, we’ve met a lot of folks out there who we think can help us, and conversely, we’d like to help them.  We met with McCollum Orchards, a local farming start-up in Lockport, who have an amazing story, and an amazing farm.  They will be growing hops, and we can barely wait to get our hands on them (can’t harvest season be in July this year?)  We met with Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton, NY, as we told you last post, who has now graduated from their 2 bbl system to a 7 bbl system, in less than year.  They had lots of great tips on facilities, licensing, and equipment.  And, certainly not least, we met with The Wooden Barrel guys, two awesome dudes that are allies for all things Buffalo and craft beer.  We look forward to working with (and drinking with) these guys in the future.  There’s a host of others that have contacted us and asked us how they can help.  We really appreciate it… and we really plan to have you help us.  We will need all the help we can get!

Finally, we continue to look for your feedback on our beer, and we’ve continued to bring our beer to free mini-tastings around town.  We were at Astor’s a few weeks ago and had a chance to meet a bunch of thirsty beer lovers.  What I think has been great is that everyone seems to like a different beer as their favorite: some preferred the light, soft taste of the pilsner, the hopheads craved the black IPA, and the dark beer drinkers loved the stout.  We want to make a beer for everyone, and while one of our offerings will eventually take front and center as our flagship, we’re pleased that we don’t seem to have a weak beer in the lineup.

Keep following us.  We have some very nice events planned for this summer where you can come on out and try our beer.  As always… we really appreciate feedback.  Have you ever designed your own beer?  No?  Well you can help us by letting us know what you like, and what you… don’t like as much.  Finally, keep an ear out for announcements on us, or from us, which will give you more information on our brewery and where we are in the journey.  Happy birthday America.  Cheers.