Craft Beer Brewers Hop to it to Meet Customer Demand

Owner Tim herzog holds up an empty growler bottle that customers can have filled at Flying Bison Brewing Company in Riverside (Buffalo area). Production is up nearly 100% over last year. Picture by Derek Gee, Buffalo News.

Small craft brewers are bucking the recessionary trend, increasing production to meet demand from thirsty (and discerning) consumers who are making room in their tight budgets for the specialty suds.

Business is booming at Ontario Street’s Flying Bison Brewing Co.

“We’re up close to 100 percent over a year ago,” said Tim Herzog, a founder of Flying Bison. “It has been absolutely amazing to watch.”

Flying Bison opened in 2000 with four 20-barrel tanks. As demand increased, tanks were added. The brewery now has seven 40-barrel tanks, two 20-barrel tanks and three conditioning tanks. They are always full, Herzog said.
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