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Craft brewing and distilling have become serious business in Buffalo. The proliferation of both have given birth to homegrown tastes and brightened previously dormant addresses. Drinkers with sophisticated palates can explore their favorite tastes, then weigh each on their locally sourced ingredients, mouthfeel and magnitude within their given designation. But aside …

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The recent cold has snapped Buffalo's hardiest citizens back to reality: summer is waning and autumn will soon be upon us. As the leaves change and spirits begin to fill the air, the city’s distillers have given us barrels of fall-flavored spirits to fill our glasses. Sato Brewpub's Fuji apple vodka 110 Pearl St.  On Sept. 16, Sato Brewpub celebrated its first ann…

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When Easter arrives, a Buffalonian's mind turns to thoughts of Krupnik. The honeyed liqueur, beloved in Poland, has conquered Buffalo thanks largely to Dyngus Day, the big Polish festival Easter Monday that celebrates the end of Lent. So big is Krupnik around here that a few years ago, in a calamity that still makes people shudder, we ran out. That shouldn't happen a…

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Na zdrowie! Buffalo Distilling Co. is making krupnik. One Foot Cock Krupnik is made with local honey and Buffalo Distilling's grain-to-glass vodka. It's mashed, fermented, distilled and bottled at its facility in Larkinville. The limited run is scheduled for release Feb. 24. Bottles can be reserved at the distillery, 860 Seneca St. A pint-sized bottle is $18, a fifth…

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Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing is New York State’s first alcohol beverage triple threat, making beer, wine and distilled spirits under one roof. The complex is located in picturesque countryside an hour’s drive south of Buffalo, named after its location, between Route 5 and Route 20 in Westfield. It’s run by the Mazza family, who established a market foothold along the…

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Lockhouse Distillery was the first distillery to open in Buffalo since Prohibition, and the welcome it received showed Buffalo was thirsty indeed. It opened with 1,000 bottles of vodka that were expected to last months. They were gone within the hour. "That's when I knew we had already outgrown that space," business manager Thomas Jablonski said of the distillery's origin…

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It's the ultimate festival weekend in Buffalo. Other than the sold-out Eagles show on Saturday, major local festivals hog the spotlight. An exceptional variety of food, beer and art-based gatherings -- from the charming wilderness of East Aurora's outskirts to pizza-scented Hertel Avenue -- has us feeling a little dazed, as if we just played dizzy-bat on an airplane. Bad…

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Buffalo's first distillery since Prohibition has moved downtown. Lockhouse Distillery has doubled its production space by relocation to 41 Columbia St. on July 8, leaving its birthplace in the Great Arrow Building, where the business launched in November 2013. Situated near Helium Comedy Club, Buffalo Iron Works, Ballyhoo, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Swannie Hous…

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As distilleries grow in number around Western New York, each newcomer feels pressure to fill a niche within the industry. For Lockhouse, it was a grape-based vodka with killer design. For Buffalo Distilling Co., it was the area's first bourbon and edgy branding. We sent a few questions over to Matthew Pelkey, co-founder of Black Squirrel Distillery (1595 Elmwood Ave.) and…

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Two new craft distilleries are headed for Buffalo this spring, both in the Larkin District. Buffalo Distilling Co. and Tommyrotter Distillery will join a growing list of spirits makers that have set up shop in the city since loosened state regulations have made it easier and cheaper to do so. Buffalo Distilling Co., which has been making bourbon and apple brandy at a Wyom…

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The owner of Toro Tapas Bar and Faherty’s is selling both Elmwood Avenue hot spots to open a distillery downtown. Nick Kotrides, with partner Eric Heuser, will open Niagara Distilling Co. at 459 Ellicott St. this winter.“This is a career change for me,” Kotrides said. “It’s a dream I’ve had for a long time.”The craft distill…