The 1900's, Buffalo was the leader for great lakes trading, New York may not be considered a great lake state, but Buffalo definately is a great lake city. Grain mills, and taverns in every block were the norm for the harbor in Buffalo.
It is true, that a city is known by its industries...It is doubtfull if any business has contributed more to Buffalo's supremacy than the city's brewing interests, which, combined, form one of the most important items in the aggregate trade of the city...both the quantity and the quality of the brewing product have been of such high order as to make Buffalo the rival of any city in the union, both in the home and export trade. -from "The History of Buffalo", published by The Buffalo News in 1908.
Buffalo has had a great history of brewing. In 1909, there were 19 breweries in Buffalo, and in July of 1933 there were 6. 10 years later 2 more were making beer and by July 1953 there were 5. Buffalo's last 2 brewers, Iroquois and Simon Pure, closed its doors in 1971 and 1972 respectively.
Please visit the sites below to see some different items, from books, to history, and cans from the Buffalo Breweries.
From an authors view, "RUSHING THE GROWLER", by Steven Powell, NOW OUT ON THE BOOKSTANDS, A HISTORY OF THE BREWERIES IN BUFFALO, FOR A PREVIEW...
MY COLLECTING INTEREST
THE RUSTY BUNCH
Beer Can Collectors of America
For a great tour of the canned beers of Michigan, please visit Dave Wheatons site, MICH-I-CAN CANS
A special thanks to Buffalo's Brewing Historian, Dave Mik for passing information along. Please, I am just attempting to get something started on Buffalo and feel free to email any suggestions, thoughts, pics of anything from Buffalo, or anything at all about cans and breweries, and especially if you have some cans I might be interested in.