New on the local drink scene is Community Beer Works, Buffalo’s first nanobrewery. Now providing fresh, high quality, local beer to downtown haunts: Cole’s, Mister Goodbar, Blue Monk, Blackrock Kitchen & Bar, and The Village Beer Merchant.
Started by five guys with a love for beer and community spirit, Community Beer Works also prides itself on being environmentally friendly. They donate their spent grain to the Massachusetts Avenue Project.
Ethan Cox, Rudy Watkins, Dan Conley and Gregory Patterson-Tanski are setting out to “Embeer Buffalo”. They not only want Community Beer Works to succeed, but the overall beer culture of Buffalo to thrive. A former hub for beer hops and beer production prior to Prohibition, this group believes Buffalo can again be one of the premiere beer destinations in the country.
Their brewery has one-and-a half barrels, and brews on a three-burner Psychobrew system using Stout kettles and fermenters. On average, a double batch is brewed, filling up two conical fermenters. Their clarification methods start and end with crash cooling the beer to drop the yeast out of suspension. They do not filter or use clarifying agents on their beer, which leave in more nutrients and keep it vegetarian.
Taste the proof in their products. Their American Pale Ale (the Frank) has a mellow malt base and reveals the hops as they compete with sweet grains. Loaded with zest, pine and a touch of citrus. Be sure to try their Whale, a brown ale beer that is nutty with a hint of sweetness, but not overwhelming. It also appears to have some dark malt characteristics but good on a warm spring day. It may be suitable for a post-meal drink.
**Located on Lafayette Ave., Buffalo, Community Beer Works does not have a retail license yet and therefore not open to the public; however, meet the guys this summer at local events. From 6 – 9 pm July 13 they will be at Bricks and Brews, at the Darwin Martin House; and from 5:30 – 9:30 pm August 10, they will be at Buffalo Brewfest.
Listen here to the podcast of our radio interview with Ethan Cox and Rudy Watkins!
**This post originally ran in June 2012. Since then Community Beer Works has received their retail license and is currently open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm-7pm at 15 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo. Additionally they can be found at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market every Saturday during market season. Growlers and kegs available.