Buffalo in the 60’s: Meet your Simon Pure Man!

By Steve Cichon

The William Simon Brewery, makers of Simon Pure beer, was the last Buffalo-owned brewery of the 1960s and 1970s.

When this ad appeared in The News 50 years ago today, September 8, 1965, Iroquois and Simon Pure were the last beers being produced in Buffalo, but Iroquois was owned by out-of-town interests. The Simon family owned the brewery from 1896 until it closed as Buffalo’s last beer producer in 1973.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.