Steelbound to Open Second Location in Springville This Summer

Ellicottville’s Steelbound Brewery and Distillery are expanding their talents a few miles north with plans to open a second location in Springville this summer. Tentative plans call for the Steelbound Brewery & Restaurant of Springville to open its doors in July at the former Papa Jakes, which is located at 243 W. Main Street. The new 7,600 square foot space will feature a new 3-barrel brewing system, which will focus on experimental beers. All of the brewery’s big batch beers (Alpha Ralpha IPA, Subabrew IPA, etc) will continue to be brewed in Ellicottville. There will be seating for over 300.

Limited Tickets Remain for Thin Man’s Third Annual Summer Solstice Fest

Thin Man Brewery is once again shutting down Elmwood Avenue for the third annual Summer Solstice Street Festival on June 15 (12-10pm), a full day of live music, beer and food. There will be Thin Man menu items, Allen Burger Venture burgers and more, both bars inside will be open for full service and a beer truck will be outside as well. This year’s anniversary beer is a Galaxy/Citra Blueberry/Apricot Sour. RADARADA, Witty Tarbox and Funktional Flow, among others, will take to the stage. Both levels of VIP tickets have sold out and only General Admission remain. Tickets at EventBrite.

Hit the High Seas on Pizza Plant’s Annual Craft Beer Cruise

Pizza Plant’s annual Craft Beer Cruise sets sail June 18 (5:30-9pm). Your ticket ($70) gets you four craft beers (or wine) plus a full Pizza Plant buffet. Beers include Resurgence Brewing The Surge NEIPA, Ommegang Witte, Community Beer Works’ Bang A’Uey NEIPA, Dogfish Head Seaquench and a surprise keg. There will also be a cigar table onboard as well as free samples (include Prison City/Ommegang Prost Cologne) and live music. Feel free to bring bottles to share! The cruise starts boarding the Miss Buffalo II at the Erie Basin Marina at 5:30, and will depart at 6. Tickets at Eventbrite.

Fattey Beer Co. Coming Soon to Downtown Buffalo

Fattey Beer Company, a new venture from Nik Fattey of Hamm & Fattey’s fame, is set to open soon in downtown Buffalo at 5 Genesee Street, next door to Overwinter Coffee, around the corner from Misuta Chows and up the road from Big Ditch Brewing. The beer store/bottle shop/bar hybrid will feature 12 taps as well as roughly 500 packaged beers. The space will also be dog friendly and will feature a version of Grandpa’s Beer Fridge (much like Hamm & Fattey’s), board games, mug club, limited food options and craft root beer. The shop should be open very soon.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column for Step Out Buffalo. 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).