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

Chris is CBW’s “brewery dad”. What does that mean? Lots of things: listening, strategic planning, branding, marketing, sales, investor/vendor/partner relations, finance, etc.

But mostly it’s about empowering our amazing team to do the things they love to do!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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

Operations & Finance



Justin Frost

Director of Operations

Justin oversees the daily operations of our brewery and is our in-house expert at “herding cats” (both literal and figurative cats).

He’s done just about every job there is to do at CBW and knows our business inside and out. Justin is our number one go-to-guy!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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


Cynthia Jusko

Staff Accountant

Cyndi’s work is vital to getting our beer into your hands! Managing our bookkeeping and accounting, helping to inform financial goals and targets, and developing financial policies and procedures are among her very important roles at CBW.

Cyndi makes cents!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

The delicious, juicy and insanely drinkable Good Neighbor IPA.

Brewing & Packaging



Ryan Demler

Director of Brewing Operations

Ryan manages the beer-making side of CBW, including our brewing facilities and team members, recipe design, ingredients, and collaborations at both our West Side headquarters and our partner brewstation at Hydraulic Hearth.

And he makes a killer bologna sandwich!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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


Robert Turley

Head Brewer

Robert tirelessly leads the production, recipe development and quality control of every beer that comes out of our West Side brewery.

That combination of creativity and hard work is what Robert absolutely loves about brewing—and it shows in his beer!

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

Vandra manages the daily operations and beer development at our Hydraulic Hearth brewstation, and is part of the production team at our West Side brewing headquarters.

To Vandra, being a brewer means that she’s always learning and exploring new flavors and techniques!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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


Justin Daugherty

Packaging & Warehouse Manager

Justin oversees beer packaging at our West Side brewery, which includes running our canning line, ordering packaging supplies, and managing storage in our cooler and warehouse.

CBW’s official Admiral of Yacht Rock also makes frequent cameos on our social media!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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


Chris ”Pepper” Jones

Lead Cellarman

Pepper leads the “cold side” of our production by monitoring fermentation, dry-hopping and filtering beer, and making sure every last drop is ready for packaging.

Enjoying a beer after seeing it through the whole brewing process is among Pepper’s favorite things!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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


Matthew Singletary

Cellarman and Packaging Assistant

A hard worker and all-around dependable guy, Matthew helps both our Lead Cellarman on the “cold side” of production, and our Packaging Manager on the canning line and in the warehouse.

All while learning everything he can about the brewing process!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Either a cold, reliable Frank American Pale Ale, or Frank’s summertime counterpart, Rad Frank Grapefruit Radler.

Sales, Marketing & Advertising 



Brendon Van Allen

Director of Sales

Brendon manages the sales and distribution of CBW across Western New York and throughout NY and NJ!

He leads our sales team and oversees CBW beer that is sold in stores, restaurants and bars, plus the relationships with those resale and distribution partners.

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

GABF award-winning That IPA Session Ale, especially direct from the brite tank!


David “Geech” Giczkowski

Area Sales Manager

Geech is the CBW man on the streets, slinging beer to bars, pubs, restaurants, grocery stores, bottle shops, and anywhere else that sells great beer in WNY.

He’s a skillful master of beer sales, and wealth of sports knowledge—Buffalo and otherwise!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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


Chris Groves

Brand Manager

Chris oversees the brand identity for everything that bears the name, image or voice of Community Beer Works.

His creative touch is visible on everything from our beer can labels to our sales signage and ads, and even the look and feel of our taproom and delivery VAN!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

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


Mike West

Social Media Manager

Mike West plans, curates and creates content for all of our social media channels and online media center. His role at CBW is equal parts photography, videography, copywriting, customer service and follower engagement.

He Grams! He Books! He Tweets! He Toks!

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Juicy and soft Good Neighbor IPA along with long-time favorites The Whale Brown Ale and That IPA.

Hospitality & Service



Joseph Creegan

Taproom General Manager

Joe manages the day-to-day operations of the retail side of CBW, including our taproom and kitchen staff, food services, events, and guest hospitality wherever our beer is sold direct from CBW to the public.

Joe has an equal love for beer, food, and Meat Loaf.

CBW Beer Selects 🍻

Roasty, toasty Alpaca Porter, and Powerful Pils Imperial Pilsner (the best shower beer).