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Steelbound Brewery & Distillery plans $5M expansion in Ellicottville, plus three new partnerships

Steelbound Brewery & Distillery expects to break ground this year on a 10,000-square-foot addition of its existing restaurant/brewery on Route 219 in Ellicottville.
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ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. — A Southern Tier brewery/distillery is readying a $5 million expansion in Ellicottville while finalizing partnership agreements that will take it into three additional markets, two of them right on Lake Erie.

Steelbound Brewery & Distillery expects to break ground this year on a 10,000-square-foot addition of its existing restaurant/brewery on Route 219 in Ellicottville for a 60-barrel brewhouse equipped with fermentation tanks to accommodate 120 barrels; plus a new 20,000-square-foot barrel house distillery out back with room for 2,000 barrels.

Founder Bill Bursee got his start in home brewing in 2015 and started Steelbound as a retirement hobby business after a career in construction. He said it's turned into a seven-day-a-week passion project, growing faster and broader than he ever expected.

You can read the full story on Buffalo Business First's website.