It looks like growing competition in the local craft beer scene hasn’t hurt Flying Bison Brewing Co. The Seneca Street brewery will increase the fermenting capacity by 25 percent at its production brewery.
Beginning Monday, it will install three more 60-barrel tanks, each capable of producing 1,860 gallons of beer. It started with a 4,000-gallon capacity when it moved to its current location in 2014.
It will allow the brewery to make additional varieties of beer and seasonal flavors, such as the Spot Coffee Stout it tried last year. That flavor was such a success, Flying Bison will bring it back for a full run this Christmas. The extra capacity also allows the brewery to produce more of the beer it already sells, such as its Buffalo IPA. Because of its large volume sales, the brewery’s popular Rusty Chain is made in Utica at FX Matt Brewing Co., according to Flying Bison principal Tim Herzog.
Several breweries have opened in and around Buffalo since Flying Bison opened in 2000 including Resurgence Brewing Co. on Niagara Street, Big Ditch Brewing Company on East Huron Street and 42 North Brewing Co. in East Aurora.
The expansion is proof that craft brewing is not a zero-sum game, Herzog said. Aside from shipping small batches of product to Rochester, the company’s footprint has not grown outside of Buffalo to Niagara Falls.
“People are putting down the big national beers and picking up beers with more flavor,” he said.