AFTER 43 YEARS IDLE, GRAIN FLOWS AT 359 GANSON ST. ONCE AGAIN
We take time this weekend to honor our veterans and service men and women that we’ve lost by taking a step back from our daily life to celebrate our freedom with friends and loved ones. Buffalo Riverworks hopes you will join us for this holiday weekend for fun in the sun as three miles of lines are now pumping beer from the new brewery, kayak rentals are open for business, and the brand new rock wall debuts inside the Wheeler grain silo. The brewery’s opening marks an important moment in the revitalization of the Buffalo waterfront. After many years of standing dormant, grain will once again enter the massive former GLF grain silos, only now it won’t leave as grain. Instead it will ferment into Buffalo’s newest premier craft beers at the steady hand of Head Brewer Chris Herr.
Buffalo Riverworks is proud to announce that seven beers are now on tap and flowing frominside the world’s only brewery built inside of a grain silo. The beers on tap were selected and crafted with a focus on the city’s revitalization and history. While Trainwreck, the famous flagship German Amber ale, is available at Pearl St Brewery and Grill, the other beers are brand new and will only be available at Buffalo Riverworks. The Conveyor Cream Ale nods to Buffalo’s grain silo history by utilizing corn grain mixed with the barley to create its light, sweet, and crisp taste. The Wheeler Wheat is a traditional unfiltered German Hefeweizen brewed with wheat and barley to keep the ode to the grain elevators going. Also Wheeler Wheat is named after the Wheeler silo where Buffalo Riverworks’ brand new indoor rock climbing wall is was built.
While originally brewed to keep preserved in the ship holds crossing the Atlantic during the Age of Sail, IPA’s are now of the most popular types of beer amongst craft beer enthusiasts. The Rejuvenator IPA is Buffalo Riverworks’ take on the New England style IPA . Another year round brew is the Bin House Ale, a nutty brown ale with toasted caramel notes, which is named after the building that sorted the grain as it was delivered by lake freighters on top of the silo.
Two seasonal beers are also on tap with a saison coming in late June making a total of eight beers on tap. The New York State Rye Pale Ale was meticulously crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The rye came from Craft Malt in Batavia, the barley from Niagara Craft Malt out of Cambria, and finally Chinook Hops from right here in western New York. Chris Herr has blended these ingredients together to a create a spicy and sweet rye pale ale. And finally the Double Decker XPA is an experimental pale ale that combines El Dorado hops, which give a watermelon flavor, with dank hops from Idaho to balance the flavor. These two beers are only available for a limited time so be sure to get to Buffalo Riverworks soon.
Master Brewer Chris Herr is ecstatic to launch this new brewery because of what it means to the redevelopment of the Buffalo waterfront as well as its unique venue and surroundings. Chris now oversees three separate breweries, Pearl St Grill and Brewery, Pan-American Grill and Brewery, now the most ambitious yet, the Buffalo Riverworks brewery making a total of thirty two beers on tap at any one time. Chris and his team took great pains to ensure that the grain silos were preserved in the build which unavoidably delayed construction. It would have been an easier process to build a brand new facility but the extra effort was worth it because now Buffalo has a one of a kind brewery right on its waterfront.
Not only will the beer be flowing from the taps of the Buffalo Riverworks brewery, but the rock climbing wall will be now accessible inside the Wheeler grain silo as well. Starting at 11AM this Saturday May 27th the rock wall will be open to climbers of all ages. The wall is perfect for novices and veteran climbers and the highest wall is fifty feet tall (one of the highest if not the highest indoor rock walls in western New York). There are three levels of difficulty: easy, medium, and hard. Climbers may also choose between auto belay and manuel belay systems, which offer two very different experiences.
What do you need to climb? There are no age restrictions but the auto belay is limited to 300 pounds. Make sure to have closed toe shoes and no dresses or skirts. You may bring your own equipment as long as it is approved by a Buffalo Riverworks employee. All climbers under twelve must wear a helmet, which is provided free of charge. Stop and get your tickets from the cashier at the six pack bar. The cost is seven dollars per climb or twenty dollars per hour. You won’t find a more unique setting for a rock wall in western New York!
Need more options for fun in the sun? Rent a kayak or hydrobike and explore the Buffalo River and visit Canalside. Buffalo Riverworks boasts a true Kayak launch making entry and exit easy. You are welcome to launch your own kayak free of charge or rent one of ours. Rental rates are twenty dollars for one hour, thirty five dollars for three hours, or fifty-five dollars for the entire day. The same rates apply to our leg-powered hydrobikes. Rentals start at 11AM and all kayaks must be returned by sundown as per the Coast Guard. Our staff will assist you with loading in and out even if you are bringing your own kayak. All rentals can be purchased at the six pack bar next to the beer gardens.