Iroquois Beer Coming Back

Community Beer Works re-launching the Iroquois brand next month

Richard Root
January 25, 2018 - 5:04 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - It's been 47 years since you could get a fresh glass of Iroquois beer, but that's about to change.  Community Beer Works is bringing back the brand, officially presenting it February 1 at 5 p.m. at the Hotel Henry.

For those who don't know, or remember, way back in the day nearly all beer was brewed locally. Iroquois was founded in Buffalo in 1830, but wouldn't get its name until the 1890s.  It was among about 50 local breweries that existed in Buffalo through the city's heyday.

The Iroquois Brewing Company, at its peak, was out-producing and out-selling all of its local competitors combined. They produced 500,000 barrels of beer a year and employed 550 people in three plants. It was a massive operation, but Buffalo had a massive appetite for beer.

Along the way, the Iroquois Brewing Company's presence would extend deep into Western New York.  You would find the logo and slogan everywhere.  Today, Iroquois Beer anything is still a popular collectors' item.

This new Iroquois Brewing Company might not bring back the 550 jobs, or need a building that takes up nearly a full city block like the original did to produce, but it is a nice tip of the hat to Buffalo's storied, foamy past.

Community Beer Works doesn't mention if they have the original recipe, but they do say they'll make it as an American light lager, using New York State malt and hops, likely as the original did.

The new old Buffalo classic will be limited in availability at first, with full production and regional availability planned for the spring.

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