Gerhard Lang Brewery


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Photo credit: Joe Sparacio & Buffalo Evening News,, PRS


1097 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208
Also known as 400 Best Street
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Physical Description

Multi-building brewery complex built in Victorian style

Current Condition

Demolished. Parcel eventually used for Makowski Early Childhood Center


  • Ron Ehmke, Buffalo Spree: "[I]n 1840, the Born Brewery, later renamed the Gerhard Lang Brewing Co., opens on a 34-acre plot at the junction of Best, Dodge, and Jefferson Streets. Lang also operates 80 taverns and beer gardens throughout the city. Lang’s is one of the first local breweries to reopen after Prohibition, only to close in 1949."
  • 1862 - Gerhard Lang assumes control of Born Brewery at Genesee and Jefferson
  • 1875 - Land purchased at Jefferson/Best/Dodge/Berlin, and Gerhard Lang brewery founded
  • 1949 - Lang Brewery closes

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Other Pertinent Facts

  • Once the largest brewery in NYS outside of NYC
  • Produced over 300,000 barrels of beer per year


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Added 2013-04-03 • Last changed 2017-08-15