Brewing company

Spotted Octopus Brewing Company is now open in downtown Buffalo

The brewery will focus on experimental beers with 12 flavors on tap that will feature a rotation of flavors and styles.

BUFFALO, NY — Many New Yorkers in the West might be grabbing a beer right now after work Friday night, and there’s another new option tonight.

Buffalo’s newest brewery, The Spotted Octopus Brewing Company, officially opened at 4 p.m. Friday. It’s downtown on Edward Street, not far from Delaware Avenue.

Spotted Octopus partners Ken Shaw, Domenic Nicotera and Barbara Priore say the brewery will focus on experimental beers. There will be 12 flavors on tap which will include a rotation of flavors and styles.

For now, the brewery will be open on Fridays and Saturdays.

“I’ve been brewing at home for 27 years. It was a fun hobby,” Nicotera said in a press release. “But during the pandemic, I started to wonder if it could be an occupation.”

Spotted Octopus will be a nano-brewery and each brew will be limited to three barrels or less. It will eventually host four guest brewers.

The following beers are expected to be on tap when Friday opens: the light and fruity selections are 202 Feet, a Czech Pilsner; Ella, a lager; and Peach & Pepper, a Golden Ale. Hopped choices are Darkness Calls, a dark IPA; Julia’s Splendid Daydream, a NEIPA; and Double Dynamite, a Double IPA. Dark picks are Meditative Brew, a Scottish Ale; and Chocolate Vanilla Porter.

Beer isn’t the only thing the brewery hopes to impress. Shaw is a set and costume designer at the Buffalo Theater, and he used his talents to create the design for Stopped Octopus.