Flying Bison Brewing Company
|Location||491 Ontario Street
Buffalo, New York
|Owner(s)||F. X. Matt Brewing Co.|
Flying Bison Brewing Company is an American microbrewery located at 491 Ontario Street, Buffalo, New York in the city's Riverside neighborhood. The brewery incorporated in 1995, opened for business in 2000, was started by two majority partners, Phil Internicola and Tim Herzog, along with 25 individual investors.
The brewery began operations as a 20-barrel facility. In early 2004, it installed a full bottling line and upgraded its production capacity by adding a 40 barrel fermenter. The brewery has since expanded by more than 200% adding 4 more 40 barrel fermenters. It presently distributes its products to bars, restaurants and retail outlets in Erie, Niagara, and Chautauqua counties. Flying Bison is the first stand-alone brewery to operate in Buffalo since the Iroquois Brewing Company closed in 1972.
Flying Bison draws its name in part from Buffalo's rich history of aviation manufacturing. The brewery's Dawn Patrol Gold Kölsch is named in honor of the Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" biplane that was built in a factory on Niagara Street in Buffalo and flew dawn patrols off the east coast of England during World War I.
Flying Bison attributed a rise in the cost of ingredients to severe financial difficulty which caused a brief halt in production in 2010. A sale of the brewery to F. X. Matt Brewing Co., the Utica, New York-based makers of Saranac beer rescued the brewery. The terms of the sale stated that Matt was a parent company and that production would continue in Buffalo.
Flying Bison beers distributed in Western New York by Try-It Distributing can be found at Wegmans Food Markets, Consumer's Beverages, which is a local beer store chain in the Buffalo area, and many establishments throughout Western New York.
See also 
- "History of the Flying Bison Brewing Company". Try-it Distributing. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- "A Brief Introduction...". Flying Bison Brewing Company. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Christmann, Samantha Maziarz (February 23, 2010). "Brewery aims for production next week". The BuffaloNews. Retrieved 2011-11-24.Puzzling reply from publisher when accessed 2012-11-04; should this link be considered "dead"?
- 10-26-2012 by Andrew Galarneau 'Buffalo Beer Week explores the growth of the area’s craft beer movement' Buffalo Beer Week: Tapping into local beer culture Accessed 2012-11-04.