Kickstarter, the crowd-sourcing fundraising site, shared on its blog all the restaurants, breweries and distilleries that have been opened thanks to using Kickstarter to fund their operations. There are two New York breweries who went this route.

 Community Beer Works, Buffalo

Community Beer Works is a nanobrewery located in downtown Buffalo. The Kickstarter campaign raised $17,000 in 2011. Here is their Kickstarter video.

Fairport Brewing Company

Located in a Rochester suburb, Fairport Brewing Company raised $26,000 in 2013. The brewery produces a line of 21 different beers.