Our Beers

Year-Round

Solid, go-to beer! Classic, award-winning examples of their styles. Like a good friend, you can count on these to be always be around.

  • Let’s Go Pils
  • The Whale 🏆
  • Good Neighbor
  • That IPA 🏆
  • Frank
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Let’s Go Pils

American Pilsner

4.2% ABV

A very dry, crisp, brilliantly clear lager brewed in celebration of our hometown spirit. Dry hop addition of Saaz and Hallertau Blanc hops produce a delicate aromas of herbal spice and melon with a light, grainy sweetness in the finish. #LetsGoPils!

Fermentation: Lager yeast, three varieties of hops, pilsner malt, flaked corn and rice
Color: Straw yellow
Nose: Grain, bready
Bitterness: Low
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation
Body: Smooth, medium-light body

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Chicken wings, pizza, W's

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The Whale 🏆

Brown Ale

5.9% ABV

The Whale is an unmistakable brown ale⏤smooth, surprisingly drinkable and packed with flavor. We layer distinctive English malts with a touch of hops to create flavors and aromas of coffee, chocolate and toasted grains. 🏆 The Whale was awarded the 2017 TAP NY Governors' Cup™ for being the best craft beer in New York State!

Tasting Notes

Malt forward beer with layers of roasty and toast. This beer leads with a roasty and toasty malt profile, with notes of chocolate and coffee in a drinkable medium body.

Beer Stats

Hops: Northern Brewer
Malts: Fawcett Brown, Fawcett Chocolate, Fawcett Pale Chocolate, Vienna

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Good Neighbor

American IPA

6.7% ABV

A wonderfully juicy and hazy IPA with prominent notes of tropical citrus and pineapple atop a soft malt base. The result is an inviting, easy drinking pleasure. Good neighbors share good beer!

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That IPA 🏆

Session IPA

4.9% ABV

Light & extremely drinkable: We start with a malt background designed to enhance the hop character, then layer Mosaic and Simcoe hops resulting in a bright, expressive beer. 🏆 That IPA won the Bronze Medal for Session IPAs at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival! 🥉

Tasting Notes

A hopbursting fruit and citrus forward hop profile melds with a light and drinkable malt bill providing an IPA experience you will want again and again.

Beer Stats

Bronze Medal Winner: GABF 2019 - Session IPA
Hops: Simcoe, Mosaic, Zythos
Malts: Canadian Two Row, Honey Malt, Superior Pale

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Frank

American Pale Ale

4.6% ABV

Like a dependable friend, Frank is here for you. A mellow malt base underlays piney and citrusy hop flavors, combining in a crisp American pale ale. Approachable, friendly, reliable⏤you can trust Frank, because everyone does.

Tasting Notes

Frank has a light, crisp, and drinkable malt profile. The hops contribute pine, grass, and citrus making a refreshing, highly drinkable pale ale.

Beer Stats

Hops: Zeus, Centennial, Zythos
Malts: Niagara Pilsner Malt, Château Cara Blond, Abbey Malt, Best Pils

Seasonals

These beers are available at different times throughout the year based on the season.

  • Spruce Almighty
  • Oktoberfest
  • Summer Playlist
  • Buffaloasis
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Spruce Almighty

American IPA w/ Spruce Tips

6.5%

Our seasonal iteration of "Spruce" is an IPA brewed with classic American 'C' hops for punchy notes of citrus and pine, then boosted with additions of black spruce tips. Look no further for your prayers have been answered, this is the one you've been waiting for!

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest / Marzen Lager

5.4%

Our traditional German-style fest beer is a malt-forward, super smooth drinking lager. The use of choice German malts, continental hops and our house lager strain results in a full malt flavor with a touch of hop bitterness and super crisp, clean finish.

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Summer Playlist

Hefeweizen / Wheat beer

4.5%

A light take on a traditional German-style Hefeweizen. Notes of banana, clove and tart wheat meld into a supremely refreshing ale with lively carbonation. This a perfect beer for an afternoon with your best friends and favorite records. Check out our summer playlist at the QR code on the can!

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Buffaloasis

Tropical IPA

6.5%

Escape to a warmer time in your mind with our new seasonal IPA. Brewed with Golden Promise malt and flaked wheat, then hopped with Citra, El Dorado, and Azacca to create a juicy, tropical fruit bomb of an IPA. Close your eyes,the beach isn’t too far off. Enjoy!

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Core Variants

A twist on our beloved core beers. Available on a rotational basis.

  • Polar Plunge Pils
  • Choco-Taco Whale
  • Pumpkin Spice Whale
  • Mocha Iced Cappuccino Whale
  • Meyer Lemon Let’s Go Pils
  • Sponge Candy Whale
  • Jasmine Let’s Go Pils
  • Espresso Whale
  • Chocolate covered Strawberry Whale
  • Orange Let’s Go Pils
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Polar Plunge Pils

Blue Raspberry Pilsner

4.2%

A colorful and refreshing blue raspberry pilsner, brewed in celebration of our hometown spirit. Use the QR code on this can to join our CBW Polar Plunge team in helping raise funds for Special Olympics New York!

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Choco-Taco Whale

Brown ale with peanuts, vanilla, and chocolate

5.9%

We layer distinctive english malts with a touch of hops to create flavors and aromas of coffee, chocolate and toasted grains. This iteration is a nod to one of our favorite frozen treats! Made with real sugar cones, vanilla bean, chocolate, and peanuts; a delicious dessert-like beer wrapped in a can. Contains: Peanuts

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Pumpkin Spice Whale

Brown Ale with natural flavors

5.9% ABV

The Whale is an unmistakable brown ale; smooth, surprisingly drinkable and packed with flavor. We layer distinctive english malts with a touch of hops to create flavors and aromas of coffee, chocolate and toasted grains. This special version is brewed with a custom blend of pumpkin pie spice for hints of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. Enjoy!

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Mocha Iced Cappuccino Whale

Brown Ale with natural flavors

5.9% ABV

The Whale is an unmistakable brown ale; smooth, surprisingly drinkable and packed with flavor. We layer distinctive english malts with a touch of hops to create flavors and aromas of coffee, chocolate and toasted grains. This special version is brewed with lactose and aged on cocoa nibs, locally roasted espresso beans, and Madagascar vanilla beans. Enjoy your Whale!

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Meyer Lemon Let’s Go Pils

Pilsner

4.2%

A crisp and crushable lager brewed in the celebration of our hometown spirit. In this special version of Let’s Go Pils, we use only the finest pilsner malt, flaked corn, and German hops along with Meyer lemons. The result is a perfect warm weather beer with a light, citrusy kick and clean finish.

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Sponge Candy Whale

Brown Ale with natural flavors

5.9% ABV

The Whale is an unmistakable brown ale; smooth, surprisingly drinkable and packed with flavor. We layer distinctive english malts with a touch of hops to create flavors and aromas of coffee, chocolate and toasted grains. This special version is brewed with a touch more roasted malt, caramel malts, and then aged on chocolate, natural vanilla, and toffee. Delicious!

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Jasmine Let’s Go Pils

American Pilsner with Jasmine

4.2% ABV

A crisp lager brewed in the celebration of our hometown spirit. In this special version of Let’s Go Pils, we use only the finest pilsner malt, flaked corn, and German hops along with natural Jasmine to add a hint of floral sweetness; a firm reminder that warmer weather has arrived. Cheers!

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Espresso Whale

Brown Ale with Espresso Beans

5.9% ABV

The Whale is an unmistakable brown ale; smooth, surprisingly drinkable and packed with flavor. We layer distinctive english malts with a touch of hops to create flavors and aromas of coffee, chocolate and toasted grains. This special iteration is brewed with locally sourced espresso beans to amplify an already rich and wonderful beer with more robust coffee notes.

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Chocolate covered Strawberry Whale

Brown Ale with Strawberries and Chocolate

5.9% ABV

The Whale is an unmistakable brown ale; smooth, surprisingly drinkable and packed with flavor. We layer distinctive english malts with a touch of hops to create flavors and aromas of coffee, chocolate and toasted grains. This special iteration is brewed with chocolate and strawberry puree, bringing to life a classic sweet treat in decadent beer form. Cheers to you!

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Orange Let’s Go Pils

American Pilsner

4.2% ABV

A crisp lager brewed in the celebration of our hometown spirit. In this special version of Let’s Go Pils, we use only the finest pilsner malt, flaked corn, and German hops along with Mandarin and Navel oranges to create a refreshing, citrus forward beer, perfect for almost any occasion. Cheers!

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Garage Series

Community Beer Works' Garage Series harkens back to the roots of CBW by brewing small-batch, delicious and innovative beer. We dubbed it the "Garage Series" because that's where we started; a small garage on the West Side of Buffalo, full of spirit, passion and character. Cheers!

  • Bomb Pop Sour Ale
  • Summer Blockbuster Hazy IPA
  • Blueberry Wheat
  • PRIDE
  • Excelsior! American IPA
  • 10th Anniversary Double IPA
  • EXTRA LARGE
  • Cool Runnings – Winter Wheat IPA
  • Bill’s Vintage Sweater
  • Wunder Weizen
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Bomb Pop Sour Ale

American Wild Ale

6.5% ABV

In with a bang comes a refreshing sour ale brewed with cherry, lime, and raspberry. The marriage of sweet and tart flavors makes for a perfect treat while you sit and wish this warm weather would last all year long.

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Summer Blockbuster Hazy IPA

Hazy IPA

7.2% ABV

This is your ticket to the biggest hop show of the season! Brewed with loads of juicy Citra and Mosaic hops along with flaked oats, Summer Blockbuster is one smooth talkin', mean walkin' hazy IPA, ready to make a splash in your glass!

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Blueberry Wheat

American Wheat Ale

5.9%

Delightfully refreshing and joyfully smooth, this playful beer is brewed with a bounty of blueberries for an absolutely luscious and easy-drinking wheat ale. In your paws is the perfect pint for your cooler or picnic basket—adventure awaits in every sip!

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PRIDE

Hazy Pale Ale

5.5% ABV

A juicy, hazy and super drinkable beer made to celebrate the cornerstone of our LGBTQ+ community in Buffalo, NY. Our goal is to foster a sense of togetherness and place, enriching our communities and bringing people together through the love of great beer. Cheers!

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Excelsior! American IPA

American IPA

7.5% ABV

A golden colored, classic American IPA brewed with light caramel malts and hopped with El Dorado, Citra, Centennial, and Caliente. This “No-coast” style takes elements from all the great aspects of what makes IPA special, and pushes it ever upward. Excelsior!

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10th Anniversary Double IPA

Double IPA

8.2%

For ten years, you have been our “why”. YOU helped us realize our dream to brew world-class beer and share it with our community. This Double IPA is a reflection of the quality and consistency you've come to know and expect. Thank you for helping us build something beautiful!

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EXTRA LARGE

Chocolate Malted Milk Stout

6.4%

In collaboration with Mister Sizzles! A delicious blend of vanilla, cocoa nibs, and heaps of both dark and victory malt. Together these flavors create sweet notes of rich chocolate in every creamy sip. It’s Buffalo since, well always. *Contains lactose

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Cool Runnings – Winter Wheat IPA

Winter Wheat IPA

6.0%

Hazy with a soft mouthfeel, Cool Runnings Winter Wheat IPA uses heaps of both malted and unmalted wheat, London III yeast, and heavy doses of fruity Idaho Gem and Sabro hops. This is a beer to celebrate the underdogs, the hard workers, and the go, go, go spirit!

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Bill’s Vintage Sweater

Oat Cream IPA

7.6%

Not only is his garage a fantastic spot to watch the game, but Bill’s collection of vintage sweaters is second to none. Try this soft and smooth, hazy wonder on for size and let loads of juicy hops and flaked oats float you down a stream of future nostalgia. Let’s Go!

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Wunder Weizen

German-style Hefeweizen w/ orange peel

4.8%

This German-style Hefeweizen is a refreshing complement to traditional spiced ales introduced in cold weather months. Hazy with a soft mouthfeel, this beer balances banana and clove notes with a twist of orange peel in the finish. Wunderbar!

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Imperials

These beers are available at different times throughout the year based on seasonality.

  • The Snow – Imperial Stout 🏆
  • Ring Modulator
  • Black is Beautiful
  • Pantomime Horse
  • Heatrays
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The Snow – Imperial Stout 🏆

Imperial Stout

9.9%

2020 GABF Gold Medal Imperial Stout - The Snow balances alcohol notes, roasted bitterness and dark chocolate flavors in a warming, smooth beer perfect for a cold night by the fire. Let it warm in your glass to experience all this beer has to offer.

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Ring Modulator

German-Style Doppelbock

8.3% ABV

Ring modulation can produce a huge variety of complex sounds from simple audio sources. In a similar sense, we make this doppelbock with just a few German malts and hops to produce an incredibly rich and warming beer, full of bready, toffee, and caramel notes with a touch of sweetness. Enjoy!

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Black is Beautiful

Imperial Stout

9.5% ABV

Our version of Black is Beautiful balances alcohol notes, roasted bitterness and delicious dark chocolate flavors in a velvety, warming, smooth beer. Proceeds from the sales of Black is Beautiful will be donated to The Michael Jackson Foundation (themjf.org), a grant-making organization that funds scholarship awards to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color within the brewing and distilling trades. The MJF was started in 2020 by Garrett Oliver, long-time brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery.

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Pantomime Horse

Adambeir

9.7% ABV

Availability: Once Yearly - February
A once extinct style of beer that was thought to have been made as a gift for a royal German wedding, we have based our interpretation on the 16th century notes of the brewer. Given that no one living has ever tasted a truly historic example, P.Hose mimics the notes as closely as possible, though we leave the unintentional souring out. 2018 World Beer Cup Bronze medal winner for Historical Beer Style

Tasting Notes

Beginning with a touch of smoke, redolent of rich and sweet malts followed by a stiff bitterness of both the malts and the traditional German hops, the high gravity of this beer gives a mellow finish.

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Heatrays

Barleywine

10.1% ABV

Our barleywine yields layers of English malts including Maris Otter Crystal 40 and Dark Crystal. Dry and fortified with fruity esters and a slight hop presence, this beer is a perfect compliment to short days and long nights.

Tasting Notes

Forenotes of Caramel, candied sugar, toasted marshmallow, and ripe prunes and plumes with hop characters of spice and a touch of earthiness ending in a warming finish.

Beer Stats

Hops: Columbus, Eldorado, Simcoe, Citra
Malts: Marris Otter, Carablond, CMC Two Row

Taproom Exclusive

CBW is rooted in brewing high-quality, award-winning beer in both classic and innovative beer styles. Through our process, we produce numerous small batches that you can only get at our Brewery & Taproom. Each batch is extremely limited and only available for a short time on draft and in 4-packs to-go!

  • Double IPA #08
  • Cosmic Punch Session IPA #07
  • Hazy Session IPA #06
  • Grisette
  • Dry-hopped Foeder Beer
  • Table Pils
  • Hazy Pale Ale
  • Cold IPA
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Double IPA #08

Double IPA

8.0% Alc/Vol

Fruity hop-forward DIPA brewed with heaps of malt, oats, and wheat. Hopped with Comet, Citra and Cascade and fermented with Cosmic Punch yeast.

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Cosmic Punch Session IPA #07

Session IPA

4.9% Alc/Vol

Brewed with Golden Promise malt, oats, HBC 472 hops, and our new favorite, Cosmic Punch from Omega Yeast. Look for notes of coconut, vanilla, and citrus.

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Hazy Session IPA #06

Hazy Session IPA #06

4.9% Alc/Vol

Brewed with flaked wheat for body and haze. Mash-hopped with Cascade and fermented with Cosmic Punch Thiolized yeast for big citrus fruit aroma and flavor.

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Grisette

Grisette

3.5% ALC / VOL

Our traditional Grisette; extremely refreshing, light bodied, and crisp. Brewed with a pilsner and wheat malt base, using continental hops.

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Dry-hopped Foeder Beer

Foeder-aged Wild Ale

5.1% ALC / VOL

Ale fermented with a mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, then aged in our oak foeder; finished by dry-hopping with Saaz and Hallertau Mittelfrüh.

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Table Pils

Pilsner

3.2% ALC / VOL

Made with pilsner malt, corn, Czech Saaz, Loral, and Hallertau hops. A Clean and very sessionable, hop-forward American-style pilsner. Brewed for many!

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Hazy Pale Ale

Hazy Pale Ale

5.5% ALC / VOL

Brewed with oats, European Pale Ale malt, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. A classic hop profile with notes of pine and citrus melds into an incredibly smooth an easy-drinking beer.

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Cold IPA

Cold IPA

5.9% ALC / VOL

Eraclea Pils (Italian Pilsner Malt), flaked rice, lager yeast, Mandarina Bavaria and Pacifica hops. A crisp and clean IPA fermented with lager yeast at ale temperature.

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Singularity Series

A Running Series of Single Hop IPA’s

The same grain bill is used in every iteration so you can fully enjoy the complexities and flavor notes of each individual hop. Singularity is a great way to enjoy a beer while learning the intricacies of a single hop varietal.

The malt base that is the same in every batch, biscuity, light bodied, and meant to showcase the characteristics of the specific hop profile and though hop characteristics will vary with each batch, they are utilized in a manner that will give each beer roughly the same IBUs but that’s where the hop similarities stop.

In our most recent installment, Singularity features the Chinook hop. A distinct hop that’s often used for IPAs, Chinook has medium intensity spice and pine characteristics, with subtle notes of grapefruit.

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