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Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Established in 2015 by owners Jason Havens and Dave Johnson, Rusty Nickel Brewing was one of the first farm breweries in Erie County; it has been a leader in connecting farm breweries and local agriculture ever since. New York Farm Breweries must create their brews with at least 60% of their ingredients coming from NY growers; Rusty Nickel strives for 90%. In fact, it sources most of its ingredients, including fruit and grain, from local growers and maltsters, and their hops from the New York Hop Guild.


It only takes the distance from Rusty Nickel Brewing’s front door to its outdoor dining area to be transported from city suburbs to a cabin in the woods. The outdoor space is filled with barn wood tables and planters. Everything is in bloom from hanging flowers to blossom-covered planters to flowering greenery around the koi pond and trellis, thanks to Bengert Greenhouses of West Seneca. Much of this quiet hideaway (ranked #2 for outdoor patio spaces in WNY) is open air, with seating sheltered by a high clear corrugated roof which lets the light filter in. Tiki torches and firepits promise the fun will continue even after the sun goes down.

As it grows, Rusty Nickel Brewing continues to draw people to West Seneca, synergistically benefiting the community. In fact, Rusty Nickel is community focused, from local businesses to local families. The brewery supports local musicians, artists, crafters, food purveyors, wine, spirits and mead producers, apparel and merchandise suppliers, sausage makers, and even local cigars for its Cigars & Whiskey events. Rusty Nickel also hosts a family-friendly Harvest Festival each year (with pumpkin beer for the grownups), and all the carving and beer pumpkins are provided by Zittles Farms of Eden, NY. Their can art design is even created by a West Seneca artist.

Ecology is also very important to Dave, Jason and Katie, and Rusty Nickel grows its own tomatoes, peppers, grapes, herbs, and more! Its lush greenery has attracted many animals and birds for greater biodiversity and has created a park-like atmosphere. “We want to embrace nature and engage it, not be wasteful.” In fact, even dogs, who are very welcome here, benefit from this no-waste mindset, enjoying specialty dog treats produced by 2 Sister Dog Biscuits from Rusty Nickel’s spent grains.

Moving through 2021, Rusty Nickel is available to host parties, weddings, showers, off-site events, and all kinds of in-house events, seating up to 180 guests in its outdoor hideaway. This space is expanding with more sheltered outdoor seating and a second firepit area, a giant new pond, more beer garden space, and yard games, even yoga! Rusty Nickel will also add made-from-scratch American fare, cheeses, charcuterie boards, and more. Alongside its mouthwatering beers, the brewery now offers hard ciders and seltzers made in-house as well as spirits, mead, and wines sourced from NY wineries and distilleries.