Buffalo’s food and drink scene is second to none and about to sprout a new Farm to Pint and ultra-local experience.
Carving out its own niche and distinguishing its unique brand, West Seneca’s Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. will soon be serving up their savory suds in the City, opening a second location at 36 Broadway in the next few weeks.
“We’re really excited to become a part of the downtown beer buzz and add something new to the beer culture that Buffalo is so supportive of,” said co-owner Jason Havens.
As a licensed NYS Farm Brewery, Rusty Nickel differentiates itself by sourcing 80-90% of its grains and hops locally, well beyond the state requirement to be designated Farm Beer currently set at 60%. This manufacturing choice is popular with conscientious consumers and inspires agricultural business development within the State. The use of local crops is often from within 25 miles of their brewery and usually means beers are produced only when a fruit or other ingredient is harvested, which can be weeks or months later than other producers who aren’t, or can’t, use freshly picked ingredients, according to Havens.
“We’re constantly expanding our selection and offerings, giving customers new styles of beer and varieties of beverages to experience,” said Havens, who added, “we are the poster child for all natural fruit beers, using delicious fresh-picked fruits from a number of local farms.”
Well-known for their extensive variety, both locations will serve their flagship, designer and seasonal brews, along with locally produced liquors, wines, meads and ciders all of which are also NYS farm beverages. Being a Farm Brewery, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co is not only a brewery, but a full service bar, and retail store where consumers can buy bottles of any of the beverages to-go, like a liquor store. Which will soon include their award winning bloody marys in single serve or group sized containers.
The 36 Broadway location will also use locally sourced ingredients for their boutique kitchen menu, which will include items that pair with, or are inspired by, beer. Among the expected offerings–a spent-grain bread bowl (repurposing the grain used in the brewing process) to serve with salads, dips, etc.
Additional features of the downtown spot: comfortable casual space with games and family friendly environment, a catering menu, event space for 50-60 people, a patio that seats 20-30 and a mug club. Rusty Nickel has also entered into a partnership with nearby StudioHue to offer grab-n-go crowlers to take to the DIY studio’s BYOB parties and workshops. Future plans include adding a lunch menu and expanding hours once the new locale is off and running.
Check their website to monitor the official opening date of the downtown location and for a complete listing of brews, bites and events at both Rusty Nickel Brewing locations.