So, you may have heard a bit about this already, but we thought we'd quickly document the events of the past weekend on our blog for posterity's sake.
We were excited to go to TAP New York because we knew that it's one of the best brewfests held in NY State, and it did not disappoint. First of all, the festival was extremely well organized, from the staff setting up and breaking down, to the water rinse and dump buckets at each station, to the free food, which is always a plus. Second, I spent all day on Saturday tasting beers from around the state and had a ton of really, really good beer, ranging from sours, to IPAs, to flavored cream ales and stouts. Highlights (in no particular order) were beers from Good Nature (love these guys to death), Rare Form, Spider Bite, Prison City (amazing), Stoneyard, Sloop, The North Brewery (thanks Kyle!), Nedloh, and Common Roots, to name just a few.
We awoke on Sunday to find we had won a silver medal in the New York State Strong IPA category for our Deep Cut Double IPA. Needless to say, we were flying high from this accomplishment by the time we got to the festival on Sunday morning. But, as I wrote to our team in the morning: "They have not handed out best brewery awards yet, although I would be very surprised if we won anything - the competition is tight, and there is a lot of good beer being served here."
Before the award....
So, of course we were delighted, and grateful, and shocked, and humbled, at being awarded the F.X. Matt Memorial Best Craft Brewery in New York State Cup on Sunday. Never saw it coming. We are so appreciative of all of our customers and consumers for this award and so proud to bring this award back to Buffalo. We aim to prove that Buffalo is capable of making great beer, and we think this certainly pushes things in the right direction.
On the heels of this announcement, our presentation in front of ECIDA on Wednesday prompted us to make another announcement, which seemed timely: we are expanding the brewery. We expect to add 10 new tanks and a canning line to the brewery in the next several months. The additional capacity should triple our output over the next several years, and the canning line will expand the number of places where you can purchase our beer. More details will come on the expansion later, when the time is right.
We'll let you read about the news below via all the nice folks that dedicated some time and space for us. Thanks again Buffalo, and New York State. We aim to make you proud.
After the award... all smiles
WNY Craft Beer Magazine:
Interview with Matt on WBEN: