It took nearly thirty years from the time the last brewery operating within the City of Buffalo closed its doors to April of 2000 when Flying Bison Brewing Company opened for business. This was no simple feat becoming Buffalo’s first stand-alone brewery since the 1970’s. In fact, five years of blood, sweat, and tears went into the foundation of building the Flying Bison Brewing Company before their first beer was ever sold. Skip ahead more than a decade and over a few potholes along the way, Flying Bison beers have become favorites among locals here in Western New York.Their location at 840 Seneca Street in South Buffalo is within the revamped Larkinville Neighborhood home to weekly concerts, events, food trucks, restaurants, galleries, breweries, distilleries, coffee shops, and so much more… as if one needs more than food trucks, beer and distilled spirits to inspire a visit to this crazy fun and cool revitalized area of the city!
Upon entering the tasting room at FBBC, you will immediately find that it is a very open, and large space. There are plenty of windows offering natural sunlight and views, as well as an interior wall of glass behind the bar area where you can watch the brewing, bottling, and packaging processes. If you’re interested in learning about the daily operations of brewing, Flying Bison offers free tours Thursdays through Saturdays. Check their website for specific times and information pertaining to groups.
Flying Bison’s flagship beers are available all year long. These include Rusty Chain, Buffalo IPA, Buffalo Lager, and Aviator Red. Since the brew masters here never rest on their thirty-plus years of award-winning laurels, there are usually Seasonal brews and Special Offerings of varying flavors and styles that are only available in the tasting room. You can order a pint, fill a growler, or try a tasting flight of any four styles of your choosing!
No matter what your reason is for visiting South Buffalo’s Larkinville Neighborhood, Flying Bison Brewing Company should always be that place where you meet up with friends or bring family visiting from out of town. There is a lot of history and good, hometown beer here that needs to be shared. After all, it was Flying Bison Brewing Company that paved the once rocky road, and cemented itself as Buffalo, NY’s cornerstone of its craft beer resurrection!