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New: Brazen Brewing Stands Out as a Bold, Modern Craft Brew Concept in Lancaster

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on September 21, 2022
Brazen Brewing / Photo courtesy of Brazen Brewing

As you take Genesee Street out of Buffalo, past the airport and into Lancaster — the road gets smaller and the trucks on it get bigger. With so few buildings on this stretch of road, it’s a bit surprising when the massive, modern, new Brazen Brewing building comes looming out of the woods.

Set in from the road, the new brewery is an impressive mini-campus. In addition to a bar and indoor seating area, there’s also an elevated loft area for private events, an outdoor covered patio, and an outdoor rock patio with oversized beer pong. It’s modern and upscale yet slightly rural — fitting well with this part of the outer suburbs.

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Brazen Brewing / Photo courtesy of Brazen Brewing

Owners Ashleigh and Dave Schaub come from a homebrewing background and when it came time to develop a brewery showcasing the modern styles they love; location was the name of the game.

“The concept started as maybe doing a small taproom in a strip mall somewhere, and it grew into buying land and building what we have now,” Ashleigh told me in a recent phone interview. “This area of Lancaster was a little bit of a craft beer desert, we felt, especially for a larger concept. There is a meadery and small brewery in the Village of Lancaster, but really there isn’t a large taproom with an outdoor space anywhere in the Lancaster, Clarence and Alden areas.”

The new brewery is more than just filling demand in this part of WNY. It’s putting out a bold concept that’s inviting and fun.
Brazen Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Brazen Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Brazen Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo

Of course, if you’re coming here, you’re coming for the beer. The brews at Brazen Brewing tend to be modern and approachable. Caddywampus is a pineapple ale with subtle pineapple notes that segue into mild hops and a pillowy sweetness. It’s Fine is a classic New England IPA that isn’t overly juicy or hazy. Super Basic Peach ships sweet peach flavor that dissolves into sour and echoes of funk. As the only Dad Beer of note, It Doesn’t Fit is crushable English Mild as light and crisp as falling leaves in autumn. 

In this semi-rural part of Western New York, you might expect a craft brewery that’s decked out with masculine, blue-collar vibes, taking cues from the surrounding agriculture and industrial operations. But Ashleigh says there’s more than enough masculinity in craft beer, and she wanted to create a space with a broader appeal.

On my visit, a mix of older golfers, young couples and people in work gear socialized over a background music playlist that included pop hits, indie rock and techno. 

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Brazen Brewing / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Brazen Brewing / Photo courtesy of Brazen Brewing
Brazen Brewing / Photo courtesy of Brazen Brewing

“As a female owner of a brewery and someone who’s passionate about beer, I can say that brewing has been a traditionally masculine space for a really long time. Over the past 5 to 10 years, women have really grown in the industry, but tap rooms haven’t reflected that. There are still a lot of rustic and industrial tap rooms out there with a lot of beards and flannel. When I go out with my husband, that’s fine. When I go out with my girlfriends, we tend to choose a space that’s a little more upscale or elevated. We like to dress up and go somewhere we can get a nice meal, or some cocktails.”

Food? Cocktails? Yes, Brazen Brewing serves up more than lovingly crafted brews. The food menu includes an assortment of pub munchies, salads, sandwiches, burgers and flatbreads. Current cocktail offerings include proprietary takes on classics like the Aviation, Strawberry Smash and Whiskey Sour.

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Brazen Brewing / Photo courtesy of Brazen Brewing
Brazen Brewing / Photo courtesy of Brazen Brewing
Brazen Brewing / Photo courtesy of Brazen Brewing

Brazen Brewing is also providing a lot more than just local craft beer to the area. A busy events schedule includes boozy bingo, yoga events and dog rescue opportunities. At the bar, a special Love Handle tap will feature rotating beers with $1 from each pour going to charity.

With all that it’s offering, the new brewery is more than just filling demand in this part of Western New York. It’s putting forward a bold concept that’s meant to be as inviting as it is fun.

Hours at time of publishing (Subject to change): Wednesday and Thursday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.,  Sun 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Brazen Brewing

5839 Genesee St Lancaster, NY 14086 • $

Brewery

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Brazen Brewing, as the name would suggest, was born of a desire to do whatever it takes to strike out on our own and build a unique venue in the beer community. We’re ...

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/brett-smith/" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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