WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — There's a new restaurant and taproom open in the Northtowns. Britesmith Brewing combines great food, craft brews, and a history lesson.
The building Britesmith occupies is a 100-year-old blacksmith shop and barn that has been transformed into a brewery, taproom and Neapolitan pizza kitchen.
It used to be LF Lorich & Son Welding, which served as a welding and tool-making shop until the late 1970s.
The owner, David Schutte, also owns the Creekview Restaurant across the creek. He had a vision for the building over the years that became a reality last week when it opened for the first time.
"A brewery is probably the best example of bringing people together to both share a beer, share experience, share stories, share pizzas. We're very fortunate to have this location here," said Schutte.
All throughout Britesmith Brewery you'll find pieces of local history from the furniture, to the decor, to the names of the beers.
With beers that pay homage to area such as Eleven Mile Wheat, Billie Haze, and Wills PIls, there is something for everyone.
But it's not just about the beers, an Italian oven was also brought into the brewery.
"So we thought with craft beer, why not do craft pizza? So we brought an oven in from Italy and we're doing Neapolitan pizza," said Schutte.
As the weather warms up there will be a beer garden and live music. Britesmith is open seven days a week.
Schutte recommends you park across the street or behind the library if you're stopping by.