5,260 SF CBW Planned for Elmwood

Elmwood’s beer scene is about to get a whole lot better… and bigger. Community Beer Works (CBW) has announced that it will be opening a 5,260 SF brewery at 976 Elmwood Avenue. This is not only exciting news for beer lovers, it’s also welcome news for people that have been rooting for the $25 million Douglas Development project.

The announcement of the brewery’s opening is in tandem with CBW’s 11 year anniversary. To that end, industry veteran Tim Czarnetzki has been hired as CBW’s Director of Operations, to ensure that the Elmwood brewery is as successful as its 13,000 SF brewery and taproom at 520 Seventh Street. Prior to coming onboard at CBW, Czarnetzki co-founded both Urban Family Brewing Co in Seattle, Washington, and Foreign Objects Beer Co in Monroe, NY. 

CBW was founded with a mission to celebrate and revitalize Western New York’s local beer-brewing culture.

“Over the last 11 years, Community Beer Works has worked towards fostering a sense of togetherness and place that brings people together through the love of good beer. By opening a second location, we can extend this mission to even more people,” said Community Beer Works President & Co-Founder Chris Smith. “Cheers to everyone who has made this milestone accomplishment possible and to seeing everyone soon at our new location!”

“Tim brings a new level of energy to the Community Beer Works team. Through his proven expertise and trusted leadership skills, Tim is poised to help Community Beer Works expand its operations, advancing our business to the next level,” continued Smith. 

Since the first beer was poured, the company has brewed more than 300 types of beers.

CBW’s new 5,260 SF location in the Elmwood Village will feature beer and food pairings, as well as to-go options. Once open in the fall of 2023, the new brewery will become another anchor establishment and attraction for the street, which is experiencing a wave of exciting developments, including the (coming soon) Buffalo AKG Art Museum.

For more information, upcoming beer releases and taproom hours, visit

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