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Meet Erik: 10 questions with the brewer

Brewer Erik Greiner has been with Resurgence Brewing since the very beginning, and can usually be found hanging out at the end of the bar when he’s not in the brewhouse. We caught up with Erik on some of his history, his favorite beers and ingredients, and his illustrious start in the biz.

RBC: How did you first get started brewing?

Erik Greiner: It all started on a cold night. We were 45 crows past the wind, sailing on the Hanjo through the Southern Pacific. Casualties were at an all-time low but morale seemed to be even lower…oh wrong story. I started homebrewing with my buddy back in college, which sparked a real interest in the whole science behind everything, as well as the desire to make really good beer. The first batch came out awful, which made me even more interested to learn as much as I could so I would never have to make or drink anything like that again.

RBC: What was the first beer you ever brewed? 

EG: The first beer I ever brewed was an all-extract kit for a pale ale. It ended up not being quite pale, or very much an ale either.

RBC: How did you get involved at RBC initially?

The way I got involved in RBC was very lucky actually. I was just finishing up my final semester at Niagara College and it was kind of a “right place, right time” sort of thing. They were finishing up the construction on the building and just putting on the finishing touches when I had my first interview with [head brewer] Dave. My second interview is when I met Jeff [the owner] and the rest is history.

RBC: Do you have a favorite ingredient to work with right now?

EG: At the moment, I don’t really have a favorite ingredient because there are so many coming out every year. One of the hops that I really like to use while brewing is El Dorado.

RBC: What’s your favorite style to brew or drink?

EG: My favorite style of beer to drink is IPAs. They just taste great after a long day of work.

RBC: If you could only drink one beer on RBC’s list for the rest of the year, which one would it be?

EG: It would have to the the Resurgence IPA. It is my go-to every time I can’t make a decision on the 15 beers we usually have on.

RBC: Are there any beers coming up that you’re excited about?

EG: The Citmo has the be the one I am most excited about. The fact that it is coming out in cans too just makes it that much better.

RBC: Do you have any advice for people trying RBC for the first time?

EG: Come in with an open mind and a thirsty attitude and you will not be disappointed. We usually have crazy beers on like kettle sours for the experienced craft drinker and lagers for the not so well-versed.

RBC: What’s your favorite part of working at RBC?

EG: The best part of working here at RBC is the people, for sure. The beer isn’t bad either!

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New can line announcement: Nice cans!

Resurgence Brewing Company will release our new line of 16-ounce cans starting with Irish Breakfast Ale on February 18. The cans will be sold in packs of four for $10 at the taproom, as well as in local retailers wherever our beer is sold.

The new packaging features a sleek, modern design that showcases our signature Buffalo head as a nod to the ongoing Resurgence of the brewing industry in Western New York, and will be filled and distributed from our Niagara Street taproom. Future styles will include Cosmic Truth Session IPA, Lime Berliner Weisse, Citra Mosaic IPA, and Vanilla Cappuccino Ale.

“Demand for new take-home packages, as well as outside the greater Buffalo area continues to grow” owner Jeff Ware said, of the release. “These four-pack cans allow us the opportunity to better meet that need while maintaining our quality specifications. Of course,” he added. “We don’t expect these to get too far!”

The cans will be released in limited quantities both at the brewery and in the market, one style at a time. Release dates will coordinate roughly with holidays and events, starting with Irish Breakfast Ale’s focus on being on the shelves in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Resurgence works with Try-It Distributing and Sanzo Beverage Company Inc. to distribute its beer throughout the greater Western New York area. The new cans will join RBC IPA and Blood Orange Saison on the shelves of local retailers, bars, and restaurants, and will complement seasonal 22-ounce bottle releases as well.

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RBC wins two medals at national competition

Resurgence Brewing Company took home two bronze medals from the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards competition, held this week in Bend, Ore. Ice Boom Bock and Cucumber Saison were both honored, in the bock and field beer categories, respectively. We were one of 145 breweries who achieved medals in 84 award categories.

“I’m honored to have our beers recognized by a national panel and to see how we rank alongside beers from breweries across the country,” said owner Jeff Ware. “It’s a great experience for us to see how we’re doing on a broader scale, and we’re excited to share our beers with a wider audience. Competitions like these are a great opportunity to get an objective analysis of our beer, and it’s a great feeling to know they stack up well not only in Western New York, but nationally, as well.”

Beers were judged by 88 Beer Judge Certification Program judges, the industry standard that certifies individuals to rank and provide feedback on beer. According to the Best of Craft Beer Awards, breweries in 35 states sent beer to be evaluated, resulting in 245 medals to 145 winning breweries.

Ice Boom Bock is on tap at our Niagara Street taproom right now, and Cucumber Saison will be back in several weeks to kick off the spring season. Both beers will also be available throughout the Western New York area, in bars and restaurants where RBC beer is sold. Our brewery has been located on Niagara Street since 2014, and we now distribute our product throughout Western New York in cooperation with Try-It and Sanzo Beverage distributors. Our brewery features between 12-15 beers on tap at any given time, and our signature IPA and Blood Orange Saison is available in cans at local grocery and beer retailers. Stop in to try us out today!

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Five Shopping Tips For a Very Beery Christmas

It’s that time of year again. Your shopping list is as long as Santa’s beard, but you’re as tight on time as the big man’s belt. What to do? Why, stop down to the Resurgence Brewing Company taproom and grab gifts for your family, your friends, and of course, yourself. On Sunday, Dec. 5, we’ll be hosting our annual Pop-Up Shop with more than 10 vendors to peruse with a pint in your hand, as well as our own merch as well!

While you’re here (or if you’d rather shop in your PJ’s), we’ve got a handful of RBC goodies you can grab. Shopping season: Solved.

1. RBC Gift Packs: $20
Our gift packs come with a bomber bottle of Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, a branded RBC pint glass, and a bag of Watson’s Sponge Candy. It’s a great gift for the beer and candy fan in your life.

Pro Tip: Cut a slit out of the candy and garnish the glass with it for a fancy schmancy holiday party, or to feel like a rockstar when enjoying in front of your favorite Christmas special.

2. Silo Soap Company beer candles: $8 each or four for $30
A local soap company whipped up candles with our Loganberry Wit, Sponge Candy Stout, Blood Orange Saison, and Resurgence IPA. They come in beer tasting glasses and smell so good, you’ll want to grab a beer to go with them!

Level Up: Grab an Ultimate Beer Paddle ($20) to display your set of four and make them look good enough to drink.

3. RBC Bicycle Jerseys: $70
Have a cycling enthusiast who needs some new swag? This orange, gray, and black jersey is made from a breathable spandex blend and fits snugly for aerodynamic riding. It would look great on the trail, the street, or wherever you ride.

Get in Gear: Wrap up this bad boy and an IOU for a Ride for Roswell registration for a good excuse to get your legs in cancer-fighting shape!

4. DIY Gift Pack: Price Varies
We offer growlers ($5 plus the fill), as well as crowlers (price depends on the beer, but usually $7-$10) gift certificates (name your price!), and glassware ($3-$8 depending on size) you can pair together for a make-your-own gift set. What beer-lover wouldn’t want an excuse to fill a growler with her favorite RBC with a nice branded glass to enjoy it in? We’ve also got tackers and wooden signs for sale to really round it out.

Elf Idea: Make it a date night with a cute message. We can’t write it for you, but you can give us credit for the idea!

5. RBC branded T-shirts and hats: $10-$25
We offer baseball caps, knit hats, and T-shirts in men’s and women’s sizes, both long and short-sleeved, with a range of designs and styles. Buy a few and you can wear your RBC love on your sleeve all year round! “I have too many T-shirts,” said nobody ever. And you need to keep that noggin warm in these Buffalo winters!

Bonus Round: Wearing your favorite brewery on your shirt is a guaranteed conversation-starter, and then you get to talk about beer!

Stop on by our web store at www.resurgencebrewing.com/store to get your swag and see what else is on tap! Happy holidays from your friends at RBC; may yours be merry and bright.

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RBC signs with Sanzo Beverage Company Inc.

Resurgence Brewing Company has signed with Sanzo Beverage Company, Inc., a Southern Tier-based distributor. This new partnership will allow RBC to broaden its distribution throughout Western New York, including markets where the brand had not previously been sold, such as Allegany, Orleans, Wyoming and Cattaraugus counties.

Resurgence Brewing Company has worked with Try-It Distributing for the past year to sell into Buffalo-area markets on a larger scale than the brewery was able to reach on its own. That relationship has allowed RBC to expand throughout the Buffalo-Niagara market. By working with Try-It, RBC has been able to sell into a wide range of establishments, with the help of the distributor’s staff of salespeople and the support of the larger company’s team. Working with Sanzo will help RBC do the same in the Southern Tier counties, helping even more beer-lovers to “experience great beer.

“We’re excited to partner with the Sanzo team to bring our beer into the greater WNY region, and offer craft beer lovers the beer experience we’ve been bringing to the Buffalo area for a couple of years now,” said RBC Owner Jeff Ware. “Since we first opened our doors on Niagara Street over two years ago, we’ve worked hard to bring the experience of our beer to people who appreciate quality, carefully crafted brews. Partnering with distributors helps us do that to a larger group of people than we could on our own.”

The new partnership with Sanzo will allow RBC to continue its mission to bring great beer to fans everywhere. The first order went out the door this week, and will hit the market shortly.

Resurgence Brewing Company is located at 1250 Niagara St. in Buffalo, N.Y. and opened its doors in June of 2014. Ware and his team are dedicated to furthering the “resurgence” of the local economy through beer as an economic and social driver, and started the taproom and biergarten on the West Side of Buffalo for that reason. Since its inception, the brewery has been dedicated to creating unique, creative beers with iconic flavors, including Sponge Candy Stout, Loganberry Wit, Blood Orange Saison, and its flagship Resurgence IPA.

 

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Meet RBC: Salesguy Nick

This week, in our ongoing “Meet RBC” series, we spoke with salesman extraordinaire, Nick Favero. Nick has been with Resurgence since we opened and has a lot to say about the beer, spirit, and fun of the RBC team.

RBC: How long have you worked at Resurgence Brewing Company and in what positions?
NF: I’ve been with Resurgence since we opened in June of 2014, so a little over 2 years at this point. I started out as a bartender and eventually became one of our tour guides. This past March, I took on the position of account manager.

RBC: How’d you first get involved in RBC?
NF: I applied to RBC on a whim. When I first heard that there was a brewery opening up around the corner from my childhood home, I thought that it would be a perfect opportunity to combine my love of beer and desire to see Buffalo grow. I had to be a part of it, so I sent [owner] Jeff an email with my resume as soon as I could, and the rest is history.

RBC: What is your favorite RBC beer?
NF: Too many beers to choose from! But, more than not, I usually go for the Cosmic Truth. Low ABV and huge mosaic hop flavor = happy Nick.

RBC: What’s the best part of working on the Resurgence team?
NF: I feel like the best part has to be all of the people who work there. Everyone who works or has worked for RBC is extremely passionate about what they are doing and want to see this company succeed and grow. Most importantly, they are awesome people to have a few beers with.

RBC: What is the best RBC event of the year, in your opinion?
NF: Anyone who knows me knows that I love our Oktoberfest party. Any time I can throw on a pair of lederhosen and shave a ridiculous beard, I am all in. Not to mention, it means an entire day of drinking our Oktoberfest and who doesn’t love that?

RBC: What do you like best about selling RBC beer?
NF: The best part about selling our beer has to be watching people try a new style for the first time. Nothing beats telling someone that we have a beer like Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin or Sponge Candy Stout, seeing the immediate look of curiosity in their eyes, and then finally seeing their reaction when I give them a sample.

RBC: If you could brew any beer in RBC’s brewhouse, what would it be?
I’m a sucker for barrel aged beers and with colder weather around the corner, I want something to keep me warm. So maybe a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine? I’m sure Dave and Erik could spin some magic into it.

RBC: Can you share one funny memory about being on the RBC team?
NF: Three words. Googley-eye bandit! (To see what Nick means by that, go check out our social media feeds. You’ll see.)

RBC: What upcoming RBC event or beer are you most excited about?
NF: I’m getting pretty excited for our Beer De Noel and BBA Imperial Sponge Candy Stout. Two beers that you can only get once a year, both extremely unique, that completely encompass the feelings of the colder Buffalo months.

RBC: What’s your favorite thing about the Buffalo beer scene?
NF: Buffalo has a very friendly and collaborative beer scene and it is fantastic to be a part of. While there is still an innate competitiveness, each brewery in Buffalo supports one another and wants the others to continue to make quality beer. As a result, I believe that the Buffalo beer community is producing some of the best beer in the entire state and I think beer drinkers have finally started to take note.


Thanks Nick! Stop by the taproom pretty much any time to say hello to Nick, or catch him running around Western New York, helping our friends experience great beer. He’s always happy to talk beer, Buffalo, and music (often all at the same time).

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Oktoberfest events: Plan your day!

This Saturday is our third annual Oktoberfest party, the biggest (and best, in our humble and entirely non-biased opinion) brewery Oktoberfest in the Western New York area. This year, we’ve got lots on tap to keep the party going all day and all night long, and you’re going to want to be there for it! So, without further ado, here’s what you can expect.

12 p.m.      Doors open
Steins for sale at the door. $10 includes first fill and $.50 off each additional fill

1 p.m.        Bag Toss Round 1 begins: 6 bags, highest score wins. Get all 6 in, automatic win!

Wayno’s BBQ for sale, with taproom-only specials that will blow your socks off.

1:30 p.m.  Afternoon stein-hoisting competition (Men’s and women’s division)

2 p.m.       Grove Street Band

3 p.m.        Lederhosen Competition

4 p.m.        Bag Toss Round 1 ends

5 p.m.        Yodeling Competition

6 p.m.        Bag Toss Round 2 begins

6:30 p.m.  Evening stein-hoisting competition (Men’s and women’s division)
Blue Balls Bus

The party goes all night long, so please stop in at any point, and don’t forget to pick up your commemorative stein at the door. It’s free to get in, but a $10 stein gets you one free fill and $.50 off each additional fill all day and all night long. Besides, it’ll be a great memento of the best fall kickoff party around. We’ll see you Saturday!

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Crosspost: Brew Your Own RBC Oktoberfest

The air may still be balmy, but a few trees are starting to turn, and we’re getting ready to roll out our Resurgence Oktoberfest next week. Check out  this article that goes over (in detail!) how to make our signature Oktoberfest brew.

And don’t forget: Our third annual RBC Oktoberfest bash is Sept 17, from noon until close. We’ll have Wayno’s BBQ, live music from two different bands, a dessert truck in the evening, stein-hoisting contests for men and women, lederhosen and dirndl contests, yodeling contest, and so much more. You won’t want to miss this.

Summer may be winding to a close, but there’s so much to look forward to. Prost!

 

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WNY Cucumber Saison is a taste of Buffalo summer

At Resurgence Brewing Company, we’re dedicated to using local ingredients whenever possible, especially when those ingredients taste even better than what we can find elsewhere. The latest example of our dedication to helping our neighbors is the freshly tapped WNY Cucumber Saison, now available in our Niagara Street taproom.

Historically, saisons were first brewed in Wallonia by farmers during the cooler, less active months. The farmhouse ales would have been a lower ABV than modern saisons, and were served to farm workers who were entitled to up to five liters each day as part f their pay. After brewing, the beer was stored until the summer, when those seasonal workers (also called saisonniers) were the main consumers. Each farmer made his own, distinctive version, and were usually made with pale or pilsner malts, often with a robust spice character due to the production of esters during fermentation.

Our WNY Cucumber Saison is made with malt from New York Craft Malt out of Batavia, a small, artisanal malt producer who makes malt for local brewers. We also hand-peeled and chopped more than 30 pounds of Niagara County cucumbers and pitched those right into the tank, for that signature dill pickle flavor. While the beer-soaked cucumbers can be eaten after production (trust us, we tried), the flavor is best enjoyed in the beer itself.

On the nose, our WNY Cucumber Saison has hints of lemon zest and dill with a slight yeasty zing. Its taste is reminiscent of our classic Summer Saison, but with just a hint of the vegetable and juice. There are remnants of the Belgian yeast we use to round it out, creating a nice, fresh and light summer backyard sipper.

We pride ourselves in working with our neighbors to bring you the best of what we all have to offer. Summer in Western New York means farmer’s markets, fresh fruits and vegetables warming in the sun, and biting into a crisp taste of our best time of the year. WNY Cucumber Saison captures that feeling in your glass, for enjoying the last few sips of summer before Autumn’s cooler days are upon us. Stop in to the taproom to pick up a growler or a crowler for your own deck or beach day, or have a pint in our taproom or under an umbrella in the biergarten. WNY Cucumber Saison is the perfect complement to our beautiful, lazy days of summer.

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Looking back at Buffalo’s brewing history

Beer in Buffalo has a long and storied history, starting with its first drinking establishment – the Cold Spring Tavern – opening in 1805.

Joseph Webb opened the first brewery in Black Rock in 1811 and by 1831, more than 173,000 bushels of wheat passed through Buffalo to become beer. In 1826, Rudolph Baer’s brewery produce the first home-brewed lager in Buffalo and in 1830, Jacob Roos Brewing opened between Church and York Streets. It later became the Iroquois Brewing Company. Magnus Beck Brewery and Downs Brewery joined it in 1840, followed by the Born Brewery (later renamed the Gerhard Lang Brewing Co.) Lang was also one of the first local breweries to reopen after Prohibition, before shuttering in 1949.

In 1849, the German American Brewing Company opened as a center of German-American culture in Western New York, and in 1850, the Ziegele Brewing Company and tavern opened. It later burned to the ground and was reopened in 1887 as the Phoenix Brewery, next door to the current Ulrich’s Tavern. In 1853, John Schusler Brewery opened, which later become the William Simon Brewery and one of Buffalo’s longest-running breweries. It closed in 1972.

A pamphlet distributed at the 37th Annual Convention of the United States Brewers’ Association in 1897 read “The breweries and malting-houses centered in Buffalo taken in the aggregate rank third in the city’s long list of industrial enterprises. Not only in the aggregate of their output, but in the quality of their product have they established Buffalo as a successful rival of any city in the Union, both in home and export trade.” The U.S. Brewmasters Association held its 12th annual convention in Buffalo in 1900, and by 1919 Buffalo had 29 functioning breweries and by 1922, there were 8,000 locations in the city where alcohol could be purchased.

Prohibition took its toll on Buffalo’s brewing scene, as did labor disputes in the 1930s and 40s. By the 1950s,Genesee, Utica Club, and others in Canada and out West began to appear in Buffalo. By 1974, there were only 69 breweries left in the country and by 1975, there were 2,000 taverns in Buffalo or one for every 550 residents at the time. In 1986, Buffalo Brewpub in Williamsville became the first microbrewery in the area since the early 1970s and by 1990, is ranked in the top 20 microbreweries in the country.

By 1995, Ellicottville Brewing Company had opened south of Buffalo and Breckenridge Brewing Company opened on Main Street. It closed in 1998 and the same site became Empire Brewing Company and Ya-Ya Bayou Brewhouse before shutting down in 2005. In 1997, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery led the revival of microbrews downtown, followed by Flying Bison Brewing Company opening in Riverside in 2000.

In 2004, the first annual Buffalo Brewfest took place and in 2012, Community Beer Works opened on Niagara Street. We followed in 2014 and the rest, as the old saying goes, is delicious, hoppy history. Buffalo has been a beer town just about since its inception, and with two handfuls of new breweries opening this year alone, we’re well on our way to getting back there again.