Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Local brewery hoping to make more beer

Community Beer Works is a West Side nanobrewery with large ambitions.
Owners are looking to implement a new barrel system that would turn their small-time operation into something much bigger. The goal is to turn their one and a half barrel system at Community Beer Works, 15 Lafayette Ave., into a 15-barrel system, Head Brewer Rudy Watkins said.    
While attending the annual Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America in Portland, Ore. this April, Watkins and other Community Beer Works owners hope to buy the new system that will help their dream of expansion come true.
Held by the national Brewers Association, the conference runs from April 14-17. Informational sessions on brewing, business, new breweries and the exporting of beer to other countries will take place at the conference.
            “There’s a huge trade show, so everybody who makes brewing equipment in the U.S. and Canada and then a bunch of European vendors come and show off their wares,” Watkins said.
            Watkins said he and fellow owners have a good idea of what kind of system they will shop for and hope to raise enough money to order it by the time the conference comes around.
            As for expanding to other locations around Buffalo, Watkins teased the possibility.
            “That might happen here, that might happen at a different location,” Watkins said, “All kinds of fun things are up in the air with that.” By Ryan Beiter and Jonny Moran