Poverty in Buffalo: A Problem that Needs a Plan – Mark J.F. Schroeder

Progress in a city is not solely determined by downtown luxuries, things that many residents cannot even afford. Progress in a city is achieved when every resident can reach their full potential, when families feel safe in their neighborhoods and secure in their homes, when kids can receive a quality education and grow into adults…

Buffalo Brewing in the 20th Century: Vignettes

The following is an adapted selection from Buffalo Beer, by Ethan Cox and Michael F. Rizzo. The dawn of a new century brought much hope for Buffalo. It was the second largest city in New York State and the eighth largest in the country, with over 350,000 residents. The Pan-American Exposition was slated for May 1901…

Counterpoint: Join the Conversation

Important conversations happen every day in Buffalo – around dinner tables and in coffee shops, shouted down bars and explored on front porches. Those conversations – about political movements, development, transportation, education, segregation, and the arts – rarely reach a wide audience. We believe that those conversations should reach the widest audience possible. Each month, we’ll…

Three “Beer Poems” from Gerry Crinnin

Of Beer Here’s a tin crown fit for its wearer, a crimped 22-sided skull cap, snap, pop, twist, grr it off with the teeth, weird tiara. I have a bellyful at all times for when I take my lumps, when I break from the huddle of people and drink them in.   Bars Years ago…

Counterpoint Launch Party and Craft Beer Panel: Highlights

Counterpoint officially launched Tuesday, July 18 with a part at The Terrace, and a live panel discussion featuring some of our first contributors. Mike Shatzel, Dan Robinson, Brian Nelson, Ethan Cox, and Dan Moar joined moderator Matt Davison in a wide-ranging discussion on the evolving role of craft beer in the Buffalo economy. They spoke…

The Distributor: Dan Robinson of Try-It

I have been lucky enough to call the Beer Business my career for 9+ years.  I started out not knowing a thing, throwing cases of Bud and Labatt in a local store, wondering what “Flying Bison” was.  Over the past 9 years, I have been able to experience a shift in this business, and the…

The Restaurateur: Mike Shatzel of Shatzel Group

When the new craft beer salesman out of Rochester walked into Coles in early to mid 2003, little did I know how much this initial meeting would change my life. After placing an initial order of a keg of Left Hand Sawtooth Ale and case each of Old Speckled Hen and Otter Creek Copper Ale…

The Brewer: Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works

Six Years of Craft Beer: The Economic Impact I can’t provide the specific numerical details to explain the impact that craft beer has had on our economy here in Buffalo. But, we went from Flying Bison alone in 2011 to some 20-plus breweries (depending on how wide you want to cast the net), in six…

Q&A with Tom McManus, CEO of KegWorks

CP: How, when, and where did you discover craft beer/home brewing? TM: I started really drinking Craft Beer in the early 90’s when I lived in Cleveland.  Great Lakes Brewing was just starting to grow and a Rock Bottom Brewing had just opened up.  At that time in Ohio everything else was Budweiser or Miller. …