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CBW Moving Forward with Plans at 520 7th Street

After announcing that Community Beer Works (CBW) was moving forward with an expansion project in June of 2015, the company has now secured financing and is moving forward with construction plans (see project).

CBW has been working with Schneider Design Architects and R&P Oakhill Construction to roll out those plans. In the meantime, permitting is ongoing but on schedule, according to co-founder Ethan Cox. “Slowly but surely we are advancing everything,” said Cox. “We expect to break ground at the end of December or early January. The new site will allow us to create a real attraction with an expanded tap room and an outdoor area (beer garden). There will also be different indoor areas with slightly different feels. These days in Buffalo, public interface is everything. The charm of the garage is wearing off a little bit.”


Cox also mentioned that CBW intends on retaining their original location for small scale production (one offs), as well as wood aged and sour beers. That’s also where they are running their soda production, which has been growing. Currently, CBW “loves” to make sodas for local cafés such as BreadHive. Down the road, the soda arm of the company could become a spin off. Until that time, it sounds like they are having fun with that element of the business.



The development at 520 7th Street is another big advancement for the beer scene in Buffalo. CBW has been the forerunner in the micro brewery movement in Buffalo, and is widely known for the quality of every beer that it brews. This growth will allow the company to spread its wings in production, while allowing the community to engage more directly with the brewery.

CBW will occupy the lower part of the complex (on the left). It is still yet to be determined what the future of the giant brick malting house (circa 1888 – to the right) holds. One thing is certain, however. Once CBW is up and operational at the complex, the remaining parcel will be much more attractive for an investor. 


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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