About Community Beer Works

Who is CBW?

Brewing quality, award-winning beer in Buffalo, NY since 2012.

In 2012, Community Beer Works opened a [very] small brewery in a garage space on Lafayette Ave in Buffalo’s West Side neighborhood. With a focus on producing high-quality, locally-sourced craft beer, the brewery quickly gained a reputation for its innovative brews and commitment to using fresh, local ingredients.

Over the years, Community Beer Works has grown in size and popularity. In 2018, CBW opened a new taproom and production facility just down the road at 520 7th. St in Buffalo’s Lower West Side. The 7th street space features a 20 BBL brewing system, a large open format tasting room with full restaurant, front and back patios, and more space for visitors to enjoy their beer. With that local expansion also came the acquisition of a canning line, allowing further distribution of CBW Beer across New York State. You can find CBW beer almost anywhere you look in WNY – a testament to the quality and popularity of their beer.

In addition to their focus on brewing great beer, Community Beer Works has also become known for their commitment to giving back to the community. They regularly participate in local fundraisers and donate a portion of their profits to local charities and organizations.

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

President & Co-Founder

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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


Chris Groves

Director of Operations

Certified Cicerone®

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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

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


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 


Andrew Kulaszewski


CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Anything sour!