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Big Ditch Brewing releases top three beers in cans

Big Ditch Brewing Co.’s three most popular brews are now available in 12-ounce cans.

Hayburner American IPA, Low Bridge Golden Ale, and Excavator Rye Brown Ale will become a common site during the coming weeks in a growing number of regional supermarkets, retail stores, bars and restaurants.

The move comes after the downtown Buffalo brewery tripled its beer-making capacity.

“Our brewery was operating at full capacity and barely keeping up with demand, which is a nice problem to have,” said Matt Kahn, Big Ditch president. “We’re humbled by the success of the brewery thus far and pleased that we were able to undertake this expansion to meet the growing demand for our craft beer.”


The brewing operation opened two years ago at 55 E. Huron St. and its taproom during the summer of 2015.

Last year, it was named the best craft brewery in New York State during the TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival, the largest craft beer festival and competition in the state.

Big Ditch can now produce 15,000 barrels per year.

“We opened with one brewer and now have eight brewers brewing craft beer 24 hours a day and 5 days a week,” said Corey Catalano, vice president head brewer. “It has been remarkable.”

Big Ditch has 80 full- and part-time employees.

A loan from the Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp. made the latest move possible. Paul Iskalo, president and CEO of Iskalo Development Corp, also is part of the ownership team.


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