People Who Move Buffalo {Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.}

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{The guys – Scott, Dave, Jay}

Last week I stopped by the new Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. in West Seneca and had a chance to try a few of their hand craft beers and meet with the guys behind the Brewery. It’s nestled behind Ebenezer’s Ale House on Seneca St. and is a pretty awesome place to go. Just from the brief time I spent with these guys, I could immediately sense their hard work, drive and passion behind this business and its pretty awesome to see. Make sure to follow them on social media!

Below is my interview with Dave, Jay and Scott. Thanks guys for letting me share your story.

-B

How did everything get started? How did the brewery get started?

It all started in 2009 when Jay started a 100 member beer club; in 2012 he met Scott who had a beer blog {to educate people on craft beer – woodenbarrel.com}. From the beginning the goal was to establish a brewery. In 2013 they met Dave and started to put together a business plan. They would meet at Ebenezer Ale House because it was centrally located and through that they met the owners, Sean and Nate. From there the rest is history.

Do you distribute your product yet?

Distributing is phase 2 of their plan and a goal they hope to reach soon. It’s about building their brand right now.

Have you always been interested in being a brewer? What is a typical day like in your life?

Dave has been a brewer for 25+ years and just won the Craft Beer Tourism Award. For all three guys whether it was college or sports – they got bored with the regular beer and expanded to imports and so on.

The three most important parts of the beer process are 1. Pour 2. Drink 3. Learn

What do you love best about Buffalo? Do you have a favorite place, attraction, etc.?

Scott: I love to venture out and see the progress that is happening in the area. To be a part of that experience is special. There is something authentic about this area and the passion that comes from here is nice to see.

Jay: This area is seeing a unique “revival” – its taking what we once had and bringing it back to life and that’s pretty cool to see. To be able to be a part of bringing something special to the “burbs” and to provide a care in this area is important to us. We’re living in the experience and have had opportunities to leave, but we’re making a difference here.

Dave: Canalside and seeing the excitement happening is a unique experience.

What is your favorite beer you make? How often do you make new beer?

The guys like to have fun with the beers they make and have constant turnover. So what you may have one time when you visit may not be on tap the next time you visit. They offer up to 12 on tap – IPAs, a Cream Ale, Maple Porter and a Pale Ale are just a few on tap right now. They try different styles and with that each one has a distinct taste and flavor, making them have something different than other breweries.

Will you be at any upcoming events?

The first event they were at was Beerology in April and a few weeks ago they were at the Sheas Event. You can find the guys at the Ballpark Brewbash in September at Coca-Cola Field and at the Canalside Beer Festival in June.

May 30th is your Grand Opening, any surprises or specials you’d like to share with the public?

It’s an all-day event with a VIP option – offering 1 hour early entry and a custom mug. Live music from 4 local bands, brewery tours, a ribbon cutting, Consumers Craft Cruiser and games will all be a part of the festivities. Keeping it local and bringing tourism to West Seneca is what the guys are looking forward to doing.

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{One of the flights my Mom and I ordered}

samples

{Let the tasting begin}

flights and games

{Some movie trivia with are beer}

taste testing

{Cheers}

Buffalo Marathon

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{Buffalo Marathon prep}

Sunday morning 7,500+ people took to the streets of Buffalo to run either 26.2 or 13.1 miles. The course took you through all parts of town and the community came out to show their support. People lined the streets to cheer for loved ones and complete strangers. This was my second half marathon and my first time doing the Buffalo Marathon and doing it by myself. It was an experience and words honestly can’t describe how I feel. The support and encouragement from complete strangers and the beautiful scenery I ran through makes me love this city even more. To everyone involved in the race, thank you for creating an event that I will always remember.

-B

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{Lined up and ready for the start}

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{Post race}

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{My number one fan – My Dad}

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{Mission accomplished!}

Friday Favorites!

Its the Holiday weekend and I’m gearing up for the Buffalo Marathon on Sunday, but tonight I’m excited to meet the guys at Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. {stay tuned for my post on them next week}. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

-B

fireworks

{Fireworks from last week’s Friday Night Bash – post game}

naval park

{Canalside is one of my favorite go to spots to walk around and catch up with friends on my lunch break}

naval park garden

{The smell of fresh flowers- one of my favorite things}

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{Another sushi spot in the suburbs that I enjoyed – Kumo}

Red Nose Day

While this post isn’t tied specifically to Buffalo, it does help raise awareness to the many organizations in the area that work with children and young people who live in poverty in this area. Working in the non profit field for a number of years, specifically with children’ organizations, makes today even more special to me. Its Red Nose Day in the USA, a day to raise money for children and young people who live in poverty, but to make it fun – to smile and laugh. It’s amazing what can happen when you have people in power or people in the entertainment industry support and get behind a great cause. To learn more or to donate to the Red Nose Day campaign click here.  To find a list of local organizations who help those in poverty in WNY, check out the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s website.

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#BuffaloLinks

buffalo marathon

I, like thousands of other people are gearing up for the Buffalo Marathon this coming weekend. I’m nervous and excited all at the same time.

downtown country market

If you work downtown, good news! the Downtown Country Market opened last week and will be back every Tuesday and Thursday thru October.

Saturday Artisan Market

Its the season for artisan markets – The Saturday Artisan Market at Canalside kicks off this Saturday. Check out the handful of vendors that will be participating this year.

destination massage

Feeling a little stressed and just need to unwind – check out Destination Massage Open House this Thursday from 4-8pm.

 

 

A Saturday at the Steel Plant Museum

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{The staff are so friendly and informative and answer any questions you may have}

The Steel Plant Museum hosted Steelfest this past Saturday and there were a handful of local vendors on hand making for great conversations with new people {Linwood Candle Co., Lloyds Taco Truck, Rusterior Designs, Peg’s Hardware, the list goes on}. The event was free to the public and you could walk around the museum and learn about Buffalo’s Steel History. For something I don’t know much about, it was pretty cool!

This is a neat place to take school groups or if you’re looking for an activity to do with your kids this summer, this museum should be on your list of places to go. The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter

-B

Here are a few pictures that I took from Saturday’s event.

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{I loved seeing the knick knacks in the glass display cases}

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steelfest 4{Old fashioned juke box}

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