Full disclosure, I’m a foodie and when food porn is in my feed on social media it’s love at first sight. The pics zoomed in showing every angle of a mouthwatering twist on an every day favorite will suck me in every time. So how do you convince your beer-loving husband that this is what he wants?? That’s right- bombard him with pics of food that happens to be served at not only a brewery but one of the area’s newest spots. There you have it- Sunday brunch at Community Beer Works.
We rolled in at the perfect time (about 11:30am). Ryan and Caitlyn were tending to the few customers that had come in before us as we decided to belly up to the bar. This was my first visit to the new location on Seventh Street. Not going to lie…. Wow! What a difference from the old Lafayette Avenue. If you’ve never been, it was a 3-car garage space that was cozy but nowhere near what they have now moved to.
As a former scouting mom, I was excited to see that a Pinewood Derby event was set up and a few early contestants there already gearing up for the day. Let me just say this, there definitely would have been some Cub Master envy if they saw the high tech track all set-up and cars entered on display. Nothing like the days when my son would tell me the night before we had to turn a wooden block in to hot wheels magic. All just to see it launch off the antique pinewood track praying that a wheel or an ornament that just popped off could be repaired and that the other kids wouldn’t notice that the flames were done with mom’s glittery red OPI nail polish.
Right away I opted for the Mango Milkshake IPA ABV 6% – a fruity, smooth, low bitterness IPA brewed with flaked oats, barley, lactose and mango puree; dry-hopped with Azacca. Refreshing. Could work wonders in a Beermosa with freshly squeezed orange juice and maybe a sprig of fresh mint or basil. As my other half started off easy with water and even though I already knew what I was going to order, I decided to give him some time. He was on the fence for a little while considering either…
The West Side Scramble – scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, roasted peppers and onions, sautéed mushrooms. Served with crostini and fries for $10.50. Add bacon or sausage for $2.50.
The Breakfast Beerito – flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, bacon, the Whale beer cheese, roasted peppers and onions, and drizzled with avocado crema. Served with homemade salsa ($11.50).
He went with the Breakfast Beerito with no avocado crema. I know! No avocado crema?!?! Let me be clear- I love food. I wasn’t letting that go to waste and told them quickly just to put that on the side. As a proud latina who stays true to her culinary roots- this is a no-no. For me, the Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict – cornmeal fried green tomatoes, American peppered bacon, avocado, hollandaise, poached eggs ith homefries ($13).
The Breakfast Beerito didn’t have a chance as my husband inhaled it like it was his last meal and raved about the Whale beer cheese that put it over the top. He also took care of the homefries before I could even taste them.
The Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict were crunchy with a well-balanced blend of flavors with the avocado and hollandaise (not overwhelming) and eggs poached perfectly. Reminded me of the tomatillos my abuela would make with eggs and salsa crema. Oh! Let’s not forget the avocado crema that I snatched at the misfortune of the Beerito. I have no words to describe. Game changer.
For dessert, he ordered the Electronic Dream Phone: 8% DDHDIPA Collaboration with Kings County Brewers Collective in Brooklyn. Double dry-hopped with NYS Yakamina Gold Galaxy and Citra. Huge tropical fruit aromas, a soft mouthfeel and a hint of sweetness balanced by mild bitterness. 100% NYS Malt!
Collaboration brews always pique his interest, but he didn’t seem too keen on this one, so I gladly finished the rest as he tried the Spruce Vilanch Double IPA 8% which seemed more his speed. The Vilanch is described as an Ode to a sprucey guy. Double IPA pleasantly hopped with Columbus Chinook for firm bitterness and then conditioned on real spruce tips.
We could have easily spent another hour at CBW, but we had to wrap up and head out to the Brewers Invitational at New York Beer Project. On our way out, we left behind the cheering Derby fans and enthusiasts, both young and old.
I definitely plan on Sunday brunch at CBW again with my husband in tow. After the blizzard we just had, I can’t wait to take in the back patio, some sun and see the new seasonal offerings.
Community Beer Works
520 7th St.
Buffalo, NY 14201
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 3pm – 10pm
Wednesday: 3pm – 10pm
Thursday: 3pm – 10pm
Friday: 3pm – 12am
Saturday: 11am – 12am
Sunday: 11am – 8pm