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Big Ditch Brewing is a Non-Traditional Wedding Venue

Couple kiss in horse drawn carriage in front of Big Ditch Brewing Co. mural in Buffalo, NY

When finding a wedding venue, Big Ditch Brewing Co. in Buffalo, NY isn’t the first place that comes to mind. However, it’s time to start rethinking that. Big Ditch has gorgeous windows that let in an insane amount of natural light, multiple murals inside and outside that give character and an open ceiling showcasing the pipelines, all making up an industrial dream! There are countless ways wedding pros can get creative with the space.

It All Started In a Trash Bucket

Like every small business, Big Ditch Brewing Co. started as a dream. In 2011, aspiring scientists & beer lovers, Matt Kahn and Corey Catalano worked in a biotech lab and wanted to start a new business for themselves. They used a food-grade bucket—otherwise destined for the trash—as their first fermenter. From there, the two created new and exciting beers there in a garage.

Over the next two years, while perfecting their craft, they met Wes Froebel, a previous co-owner of other breweries. Froebel was interested in starting a new brewery project, too. The trio’s pursuit of a building intersected with Iskalo Development Corp.’s redevelopment of a former Verizon fleet maintenance facility at Ellicott and Huron Streets in downtown Buffalo, NY.

The two groups worked over a year planning the brewery and tap room. During the process, Paul Iskalo joined Big Ditch as its principal investor. The brewery opened for business in October 2014 and the beer is now available at fine establishments throughout Western New York. The Tap Room opened in summer 2015, serving Big Ditch beers alongside fresh food in a fantastic downtown setting. After they became established, they turned their focus to weddings and other events.

Newlywed couple share first dance in front of copper mural in tap room at Big Ditch Brewing Co. wedding venue

A flight of beer on display at Big Ditch Brewing in Buffalo, NY.

The establishment offers a variety of special event packages including beer tasting

Bride and groom link arms to drink Bitch Ditch Brewing beer

Bride and groom dance in Big Ditch Brewing tap room for reception

Unexpected Wedding Venue

Director of Events Patty Deitrick graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in hotels. Being the social butterfly that she is, it’s no surprise that she handles the ins and outs of any of the special events that take place at Big Bitch. Patty thrives on event planning and getting to know her couples.

The nice thing about Big Ditch Brewing is that it’s an unexpected venue. Not all weddings need to be in a traditional setup and not all couples look for that. Big Ditch has the perfect setup for a ceremony, rehearsal dinner, reception, bridal shower, stag/ stagette, anything really.  The Tap Room has three distinct spaces available for events of all occasions and sizes. They’ve hosted it all, meaning they’re prepared for everything.

bride and groom pose on stairs looking at each other in Big Ditch Brewing Co wedding venue in front of blue murals

Close up of bride & groom sitting on steps with bride holding alternative paper flower bouquet, holding hands with groom's watch on display and their respective shoes.

It’s About You

Big Ditch goes out of its way for couples, offering various packages from appetizer stations for a fun cocktail hour to full-on buffet dinners. For beer connoisseurs, the brewery also has beer tasting packages, perfect for a bachelor party! The team takes pride in hosting quality, unique events that couples will remember.

At the end of the day, a wedding is about celebrating the couple. There are so many people that look back on their wedding and wish they would’ve done things differently or not listened to so any outside voices. Although an unlikely spot at first, the Big Ditch Brewing venue brings so many qualities to the table, making it an excellent event space for weddings.

Newlywed couple pose outside of industrial Big Ditch Brewing Co wall in Buffalo, NY.

Big Ditch Brewing offers ample photo opportunities for newlyweds

Couple poses as confetti falls outside of Big Ditch Brewing Co. wedding venue in Buffalo, NY.

Reach out to patty through Big Ditch’s directory listing!

If you’re a wedding pro and want to take your business to the next level, let’s get started!

Special thanks to Seventh Arrow Studio of Photography | Victoria’s Bridal Shoppe | Bureau | Papercraft Miracles | Banner Farm | Oxford Pennant | Fawn and Fox Salon

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