Everyone’s favorite ski-country brewpub temporarily closed their doors beginning April 1st to complete a major update of their “East” location. The expansion has been slowly underway throughout 2012 and early 2013, as chronicled on their Facebook page.
EBC pre-dates the recent craft beer boom in our blessed area, having enjoyed 18 years as an award-winning brewpub and favorite destination of skiers, summertime golfers, Fall Fest-goers and craft-beer enthusiasts in search of tasty eats and top-notch brews. Their draft beer selection has crept its way into countless bars in our area and others, and their bottled output has slowly expanded in recent years to include not just classics like Blueberry Wheat and Pale Ale, but the always delicious summertime treat Mow Master, the gently-warming Winter Witte, never-disappointing Nut Brown Ale, powerhouse Pantius Droppus, and their tasty take on a traditional Oktoberfest lager.
They’ve even opened a succussful “West” branch in the village of Fredonia, pouring pints for Chautauqua County’s beer enthusiasts (…and mixed drinks for frat boys) and hosting some great beer-pairing dinners, the next of which takes place on Thursday, April 18th – click here to find out more.
If you’ve been to the Ellicottville location, you’ll surely remember it as a mid-sized pub with a nice bar, cozy ski-lodge decor, and a fantastic, spacious outdoor beer garden for your dining and drinking delights. I’ve not been to Ellicottville in a coon’s age to see the progress, but I’m told the new building is absolutely massive in comparison, EBC having re-located neighboring buildings last fall in order to accommodate expansion from their current location to the end of the block they were located, and stretching back into what was formerly parking area.
Head brewer Dan Minner filled in guests at a beer-pairing dinner I attended at the end of 2011, however we were on about the fourth course and I had foregone my ability to retain all the glorious details. My understanding is that they are expanding to increase their output and will be kegging all their own beers in-house, with Southern Tier Brewing Company continuing to handle the bulk of their bottled output. (If anyone knows further details, please share! I couldn’t find specifics around the internets.)
Check out the pictures below, and make sure to check out the remodeled brew pub in all its glory when they reopen in May!