We’re happy to announce that as of today Robert Turley has been promoted to the position of Head Brewer. Robert started with the brewery over three years ago, as our first assistant brewer, and for the last year has been the mastermind behind our partner brewery onsite at Hydraulic Hearth.

The story of Community Beer Works started long ago, well before you or I had first opened our eyes to see the blue sky, or indeed before any person had set foot on the ground on which we now sit. The story begins back in the time when giants walked the earth, digging rivers and […]

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The Brew Bash last year

Longtime readers of the CBW blog will know that I tend to go through trends in posting topics. For instance, there was a solid two months in the spring where I didn’t talk about anything but building a walk in cooler. Lately it’s been “We’ll have an expanded capacity soon, I swear, more beer is […]

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Growlers! Founders Brewing! Rohall’s Corner! Beer v. Church! Local Beer! Beer Jelly! All this and more (except the “more” part) in Squibs 7.

One of our first meetings

Er, 731 days. Thanks, leap year. Exactly two years ago, I went to my friend Ethan’s house. My homebrewing and beer blogging compatriot had an idea that I desperately wanted in on: he wanted to start a brewery. Six of us sat in his basement (with Matt there in spirit) as we discussed the 10 […]

Having a whale of a time

Friday, April 20. Cole’s and Mister Goodbar. Community Beer Works is launching. Is this exciting enough for you? No? Well, how about we talk about the first two beers we’ll be releasing? Only the first will be available next week. The second will follow soon enough, don’t fret. Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to […]

It's a known fact that the number of ball valves on something is directly proportional to its awesomeness.

And how absolutely cool is that? This morning, Greg sipped a porcelain cup filled with Earl Grey tea. Nibbling on a small cucumber sandwich, he asked, “Is everything finished?” “Yes,” the inspector replied. “Everything is in order.” He slid a flat manilla envelope across the table. Greg opened it and glanced inside. “Good,” he murmured. […]

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!) I said this would be sporadic.  I did not lie. 1) Well, the “OMG That Was A Big Freakin Deal” conference that hit ol’ Buffalo last month is really over and done now, though the chatter and back-patting continues.  I mean, I am talking about it, right? I got to play tour guide for a few […]


It’s true, it’s true, it’s all true. CBW is once again hitting the ol’ I-R-L. To begin: did you know this Tuesday is TedX Buffalo? It is! From 9-5 there will be all let’s of awesome, educational and enlightening speeches being given by WNY natives. The entire proceedings will be streaming online if, like me, […]


I had planned a different post for today. One that was our collective take on a bit of brewing news. And then, as I sat down to write it, I realized that there’s just too much exciting stuff to talk about. I’ll try to do the first “CBW Roundtable” tomorrow — three posts in one […]