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It is relatively easy to recognize a thriving community. In many ways, the zone gives off an energy that makes people feel good. It often has a lot to do with what’s going on there.

While this is usually not the first thing that comes to most people’s minds, some researchers claim that one of the most reliable ways to tell if a community is doing well or not is to find out if it has or not at least one craft brewery. These types of establishments present a particular type of entrepreneurs. They are passionate, innovative and attract a lot of clients who are mainly young and young at heart. These Patrons are the kind of people who bring exciting new ideas and energy to a community, often creating high levels of civic engagement and getting more people to work harder to improve their community. As a result, craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries are located in many of the best areas, especially in places undergoing revitalization.

In this regard, many communities in Chautauqua County are on the cutting edge. Craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries abound here. Part of the reason is that few other counties are home to so many raw ingredients needed for successful distillation. Home to endless vineyards and fertile farmland, Chautauqua County is the perfect location for this type of business.

In addition to all the reputable wineries dotted around the county, it is home to the Southern Tier Brewing Company, Big Inlet Brewing, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Grace & Abe’s in Westfield and soon a newly approved brewery at Clarion in Dunkirk. The Growers Cooperative Grape Juice Co. is also one of the county’s biggest draws, and there’s always a lot going on at the Lake Erie Grape Discovery Center.

Some local breweries, distilleries, and wineries have created outdoor spaces and sponsored outdoor events during the pandemic to make their customers feel safer, but they all draw fans from near and far throughout the year. year by offering unique and exciting experiences for their clients. Many offer tastings, allowing locals and tourists to taste their products before buying them. Some people choose to buy locally made drinks to consume on the spot while others take them to enjoy at home or as a gift.

These establishments breathe life into our communities. Some people go for a change of pace. However, many wineries, breweries, and distilleries are becoming community hubs where people meet regularly, meet new people, and enjoy the company of good friends. They provide a warm and welcoming social experience and make people want to spend more time there. In addition to being popular gathering places, they also become sources of local pride and identity.

Community economic development actors, such as the Local Economic Development Committee of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, see wineries, breweries and distilleries as the engines of economic development that they are. Some communities across the country are reborn with new innovative breweries, distilleries and wineries. These businesses stimulate tourism and make people want to settle here, thus strengthening our local economy. They are boosting employment in the leisure industry, hospitality and agriculture, especially in rural areas like those in Chautauqua County, encouraging other businesses to open nearby as they attract so many people close by. and by far.

The brightest future for the Chautauqua County economy is to encourage people living here to stay while attracting more young people to settle here. What could be better than passing thrilling places like these?

Let’s drink to that!

Patty Hammond is Economic Development Coordinator at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. The Local Economic Development Initiative (DEL) is a standing committee of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF). Send your comments or suggestions to Patty Hammond at [email protected]

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