Craft beer

Ilan Stern

You might call it “show-and-tell” for some local craft breweries and wineries. The industries are thriving in Western New York and some potential investors are taking notice.

Southern Tier Brewing Company

Production at Southern Tier Brewing Company is expected to increase after announcing this week it will join with Pennsylvania-based Victory Brewing in a merger that will create one of the largest breweries in the nation.

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The growing popularity of craft beer is having an economic impact in numerous arenas. WBFO's Brian Meyer takes a closer look.

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Buffalo Beer Week is underway, but most local residents wouldn't have needed a special event to spot the growing popularity of  craft beers that are produced by local breweries. What some beer lovers might not know is that the trend is helping to generate business in non-brewing arenas.

Craft beers are widely available in Western New York. Several new micro-breweries have opened in recent years, thanks to a change in state law. In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott talks about the local craft beer movement with Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata.