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Spotted Octopus Brewing Company opens Friday in Buffalo

The Spotted Octopus Brewing Company will open April 22 at 41 Edward Street.

BUFFALO, NY — Preparations are underway for the opening of a new brewery in downtown Buffalo this Friday. Spotted Octopus Brewing Company will open April 22 at 41 Edward Street.

Spotted Octopus partners Ken Shaw, Domenic Nicotera and Barbara Priore say the brewery will focus on experimental beers. With 12 flavors on tap, they will offer a rotation of flavors and styles.

“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.

Shaw felt the space was really bound by a vintage refrigerator, saying, “It fits the space like a kitschy stage prop. I painted it orange and kept adding objects. fun and comfy. Every table, like Barb’s old dining set, has a story. We ended up with a one-of-a-kind setting where people can relax and enjoy a good beer.

The owners also plan to add a light menu, featuring produce from New York State.

Spotted Octopus will be open Fridays from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. from April to May.