With Community Beer Works’ taproom temporarily closed for upgrades, updates and renovations, something had to give with their current curbside retail shop model, especially with colder weather already here and snow in the not-so-distant future. With that in mind, the CBW team is packing up shop at the curb and moving their operations indoors with The Shops @ CBW, an expanded retail space that makes use of CBW’s (currently) shuttered taproom space.

The Shops @ CBW will feature everyday CBW favorites, in addition to limited edition beer (packaged to go), beer specials, CBW merch, food, and more from local partners such as BlackBird Cider Works and Tipico Coffee, as well as a peek at the brewery expansion and the progress made on the taproom makeover.

“You’ll still experience the same sanitary efforts and great service you’ve come to expect from our curbside pickup, but now you can step in from the cold, and take home even more cool stuff!” CBW said announcing the new venture.

Hours for The Shops @ CBW are as follows: Monday-Thursday, 3-7pm, Friday, 3-8pm, Saturday, 1-8pm, and Sunday, 10am-1pm.

They will also continue their home delivery service on Wednesdays and Fridays (3-8pm).

Photo courtesy of CBW

In August, Community Beer Works announced plans to temporarily close for renovations and improvements to their taproom to “offer a responsible, socially distant, and comfortable indoor experience.” They also plan to revamp their service model and give their taproom a makeover, or “glow up,” as they put it.

They are bringing in renowned Art & Creative Director Rob Neiler to help with that, whose works can be seen at the Genesee Brew House in Rochester and Schlafly Brewing in St. Louis.

Amongst the changes set to take place is the installation of a brand new air filtration system, a change to the taproom floor layout, and an enhancement of how they provide beer and food, including a new menu. They are also installing new tanks in the brewhouse and launching a new barrel aging program.

Read more about plans for CBW’s new taproom here. And, for more information on Community Beer Works in general, click here.

***Listen to our WNY Brews podcast with CBW President Ethan Cox here.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).