About Community Beer Works

Who is CBW?

Community Beer Works has been brewing quality, award-winning beer in Buffalo, NY since 2012.

Our goal is to foster a sense of togetherness and place, enriching our communities and bringing people together through the love of great beer. CBW’s foundation is firmly cemented in the City of Good Neighbors, but we work hard to be an integral part of every community that welcomes us.

Build community in all that you do and good things happen!

Meet CBW!


Chris Smith

Co-Founder, Guy Who Does the Stuff

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Our OG, our first, our classic tried and true, Frank American Pale Ale!

Operations & Finance


Justin Frost

Director of Operations

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

The best year-round brown ale ever brewed, The Whale!

Brewing & Packaging


Ryan Demler

Director of Brewing Operations

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Dreizehn, a dynamite German-Style Pilsner from our Hydraulic Hearth brewstation.


Robert Turley

Head Brewer

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

The Whale (a perfect brown ale for all seasons and reasons), and bourbon barrel-aged Bindlestiff Barleywine.


Vandra Ruppel

Head Brewer at Hydraulic Hearth

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Ein Bier Bitte Hefeweizen and The Whale (it’s wonderful to make and enjoy!).


Justin Daugherty

Packaging & Warehouse Manager

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

2020 GABF gold-medal winning The Snow Imperial Stout, and Gose With Strawberry & Lemon Sour Ale.


Chris ”Pepper” Jones

Lead Cellarman

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

GABF bronze-winning That IPA, Interrobang IPA and Dude Incredible Sour Stout with Raspberries.

Sales, Marketing & Advertising 


David “Geech” Giczkowski

Director of Sales

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Our big, aromatic and robust DIPAs, Thick & Sticky and Fat Rips, and The Whale Brown Ale.


Chris Groves

Marketing Director

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Import Export Export-Style Stout, Interrobang IPA, and Gose With Mixed Berry Sour Ale.


Andrew Kulaszewski


CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Anything sour!