Updated: April 2015
6553 Boston State Rd. (Rte 391) | (716) 649-3249
Wednesday -Friday: 4-10 PM; Saturday: 12-10 PM; Sunday: 12-6 PM
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Picture yourself sipping a cold beverage in an elegant chalet with 30 foot vaulted ceilings, a magnificent stone fireplace, hardwood floors and matching circular bar, and vineyards just outside the back door. Napa, Bordeaux, Tuscany? Close- Hamburg NY.
This is the setting for WNY’s Hamburg Brewing Company on Route 391 in Hamburg. HBC opened their doors in October 2013 and already the beer is flowing steady. The vineyards would be hops. “In about a year we aim to have one beer that sources 100% of its ingredients from our grounds.” says owner John Russo Jr.
The brewery is the venture of John and John Russo Jr. (father and son). The Russo family is well known locally as the founders of Sorrento Cheese. Although the operation is primarily beer production for local distribution, the beautiful setting offers the brewery a great opportunity to showcase their product, a la the aforementioned wine meccas. Their beers can be found in many fine beer establishments throughout WNY (and growing daily). That includes Consumer’s Beverages locations.
A while back HBC added tours of their brewing operation and an adjoining model railroad extravaganza. Appropriately named, the Hamburg – Colorado railroad, the “model” is G scale layout that sprawls over roughly 2500 Square feet. The layout holds an incredible replica of the San Juan Mountains in Durango Colorado, with a few local touches.
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HBC started off producing five different beers- “White Corner” Wheat (5.3%), Indian Pale Ale (6%), “No Lux” Black IPA (7%), Oktoberfest (5.7%) and “Small Town” Saison (5.2%). You can try the beers by the pint, a flight of four smaller glasses, or in a growler to go. Their lineup fluctuate with the season. They also have souvenirs for sale – shirts, glasses etc.
Certainly, a quality beer requires appropriate snacks. HBC has five that pair nicely with the brews- Sausage Sandwich with peppers, onions and melted provolone ($7), Stuffed Peppadews– stuffed with ricotta and Borsian cheese ($7), Tots – baked tater tot with a Sorachi mayo ($6), Baked Pretzel Sticks with spicy mustard ($6), Artisan Cheese and Meat Plate– aged Italian Meats and cheese with crackers and grapes ($10). (Update: The snack menu varies as does the beer selection.)
If you’re looking to spend a little time in elegant beer country, or just want to try some finely crafted beers, Hamburg Brewing Company should be on the top of your list. Check out their website for more information and a list of their retailers – hamburgbrewing.com.
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