In what can be considered something of a fairy tale ending to the saga of Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing Company, the brewery will reopen today, two years to the day since a massive fire forced them to close their doors in 2020.

It was during the waning hours of May 26, 2020 that a fire ripped through the brewery, causing extensive damage. It also caused smoke and water damage to the neighboring Brickyard Pub & BBQ. It took six fire companies nearly 5 hours to put out the blaze.

“This is crazy, 2 years ago tomorrow we had our building destroyed. We thought there’s no better time to bring our new tasting room back to life,” the brewery said in a Facebook post announcing the news. “It’s most certainly been an uphill battle navigating the service industry over the last 2 years but we were able to rebuild, build another brew house, make awesome beer, and finally be able to get some killer staff together and make it happen.”

They will be open this weekend, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4-9pm, will a limited menu of wood fired pizzas. Take out will be available as well.

The brewery will also reopen with a new head brewer in place in Tom Winter, who takes over for John Paul Meteer, who is working to open his own brewery, Hammer & Crown Brewing Company, in Niagara Falls.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).