Betty Jean Grant and Mark Schroeder – Debate Highlights and Interviews

After the first debate in the 2017 Buffalo Democratic mayoral primary race, we caught up with candidates (and Counterpoint contributors) Betty Jean Grant and Mark J.F. Schroeder, who talked with us about the issues that matter to them the most. They had some themes in common: poverty, housing, policing practices, jobs and job training, and…

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…

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…

New Mix from DJs Cutler and Tone

Our launch event on July 18th will center on a live panel discussion without first batch of writers, some of the pioneers of Buffalo craft beer. But aside from the stimulating conversation, it will also feature two sets from DJs Shane and Tone. Tone just completed a collaboration with Buffalo-Seattle expat DJ Cutler. They call…