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Lynn Oswald, Director
NCCC Small Business
Development Center
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, New York 14132

Phone: 716- 210-2515
Email: SBDC@niagaracc.suny.edu
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Entrepreneurial Success Stories

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company building

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company, Wilson, NY

Niagara Wine Country visitors and winery staff had been asking for a brewery in the area for years and with the opening of Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company, the only brewery in Niagara County, they finally got one.

One crazy idea, two brothers and their wives, one old cold storage building in a historic town and a lot of good beer; this pretty much sums up Mark Woodcock and his wife Andrea along with Mark's brother Tim and his wife, Debbie who together opened Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company (WBBC) in November 2012.

WBBC, which took two years to complete, opened in a reclaimed, century-old Cold Storage facility in the heart of Wilson's lakeside community. Small touches like door frames, walls, and other items taken from the original building reflect the building's history as an apple storage facility and give the place a homey feel and show off Mark and Tim Woodcock's flair for stylish construction.

Dinene Zaleski, SBDC Business Advisor, assisted the Woodcocks in developing a business plan. The process included numerous meetings and revisions to the business plan and projections. The owners reworked the original project after the company's initial loan request was declined by several banks. They did not give up and their final version of the project included a significant investment by the owners, bank financing, and a loan from a local public funding source. Twenty jobs were created.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company offers a great lineup of original craft beers along with Niagara County wines; the beautiful full-service restaurant features a wood-fired menu and a hip seating area with a view Niagara County's first brewing facilities. In addition to selling beer on-site the company supplies other local bars and restaurants.

"This is very, very exciting," said Wilson Town Supervisor Joseph A. Jastrzemski. "They have done a tremendous amount of work, and it looks incredible. It will be a point of destination. People will enjoy an afternoon ride to Wilson and enjoy the brewery. My hat is off to Deb and Tim and Mark and Andrea."

Likewise, the Village of Wilson's acting mayor, Bernard J. Leiker Jr., said, "The village is so excited about this. This will have a real economic impact on not only the village and town, but on Niagara County, as well, because it's the first brewery in the county."

This business has also been a great addition to the rapidly growing Niagara Wine Trail. It also draws boaters from across the region and the county because of its close proximity to Wilson Harbor. It is an important addition to the community.

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