Just in time for the official start of summer, Buffalo-Niagara beer enthusiasts will be able to experience the taste of an award winning brew at home. A partnership with Buffalo’s Flying Bison Brewing Company will allow bottled Erie County Fair American Pale Ale to be available at local supermarkets and beer stores. Six-packs of the Erie County Fair American Pale Ale are expected to begin arriving on store shelves the week of June 25th. The limited edition Erie County Fair American Pale Ale will be available through Try-It Distributing at Buffalo area Tops Friendly Markets and 17 Western New York locations of Consumers Beverages, both whom are partners of the Erie County Fair, among other retail outlets.
“This partnership between a major brewery and a fair is the first of its kind in New York State and joins a handful of state & county fairs in North America who have put a beer into commercial package production,” said Marty Biniasz, Erie County Fair Marketing Manager. “The bottling and distribution of the Erie County Fair American Pale Ale is a creative extension of our brand that celebrates the region’s blue ribbon best.”
The brew’s recipe is based on an American Pale Ale originally submitted by Western New York homebrewers John Crossett and Brian Millville as part of the Erie County Fair’s annual Home Brew Competition. Once crowned “Best In Show,” the recipe was submitted to the Brewmaster at Flying Bison. The original draught version proved so popular with fairgoers that it sold out within the first few days of the Fair.
“The Erie County Fair is an American original and local favorite. Flying Bison Brewing Company is Buffalo’s original craft brewery and local favorite. It’s great that we are able to work together to bring a delicious beer to market for the summer,” said Tim Herzog, founder of Flying Bison. “It is uniquely Buffalo to have a beer to remind us of our upcoming Erie County Fair. The American Pale Ale is full of the crisp, clean flavors that make a summer’s afternoon with friends even more enjoyable.”
Learn more about the brew, the Erie County Fair Homebrew Competition and where to purchase at: www.CountyFairBeer.com
About the Erie County Fair
The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York. The 2018 Erie County Fair will be held August 8th – 19th (www.ECFair.org).
About the Flying Bison Brewing Company
Flying Bison Brewing Company, makers of Western New York State’s best-selling craft beer Rusty Chain, is a packaging brewery located in the city of Buffalo. When it opened for business in 2000, it was the first stand-alone brewery to operate in the city proper since 1972. The brewery was founded by award-winning brewer Tim Herzog. In 2015, the company opened a modern brewery complex in the Larkinville district of Buffalo that features a taproom, patio and behind the scenes brewery tours. In addition to Rusty Chain, Flying Bison’s core brews include 716 IPA and Larkin Lager. Well known seasonal offerings include Aviator Red Irish-style Ale, Buffalo Kölsch 716, Blizzard Bock and ‘Juice Caboose’ New England-style IPA. (www.flyingbisonbrewing.com).