Tonawanda News


March 18, 2013

Kenmore's KegWorks expands business, offers retail store

KENMORE — When it comes to drinking, customers across the globe can get pretty much everything but the alcohol at KegWorks.

For the past 15 years the Kenmore-based company has operated an entirely online business selling cocktail ingredients and supplies, home beer-making kits, and kegerators, but all that changed last week when founder and president David Rivers launched his first retail store at 1460 Military Road.

Now in addition to the online business, Western New Yorkers have a place to go if they want to do a little browsing for their home bar needs.

“People started finding (our warehouse), walking in the front door, saying, “I need this ... I need that,’ ” Rivers said. “We never turned them down.”

But KegWorks’ catalog of some 1,600 items was not on full display in its warehouse-based operation. Customers “could never see anything else,” Rivers said.

“Once (customers) see the variety in here (it’ll be) the typical kid in a candy store reaction,” he said of the new store.

Rivers, along with a staff of about 50 employees, took over the vacant Mr. Seconds Bargain Outlet building on the corner of Military Road and Sheridan Drive — in the same lot as the KegWorks warehouse — and for about a year have been planning and prepping the space with a retail design company in Portland, Ore.

“Where do you start?” Rivers asked, gesturing to the retail space as workers put finishing touches on displays and scrubbed down the new floors. “There were concrete walls, concrete floors ... there was nothing here.”

Now nearly everything KegWorks sells — other than some of the more commercial equipment — can be found in the store, including draft equipment, a large selection of cocktail bitters, glasswear and specialty sodas.

And they’ll be adding more, Rivers and CEO Tom McManus said.

“This is just the skeleton right now,” Rivers said. “This is a great laboratory for the website ... we can test things here. We can finally talk to customers and find out what they’re doing with stuff, ask them, ‘What are you doing with those empty bottles?’ ”

Text Only
  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Gardening with chickens

    There is no need to get mad as a wet hen if you want to juggle flourishing flower beds, viable vegetable gardens and free-range chickens.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Let's unlabel our pets

    Several weeks ago, I mentioned how we should not use labels. I said that labels are circular, meaning that if we use them we just will end up where we started. An example of a label is saying that “all scarlet macaws are vindictive” or “all pit bulls are aggressive.”

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Volunteers honored 1 040614.jpg Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1040614j jpg.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - crib notes RGB Enough of this winter -- it's time for spring

    Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB Dear readers, it's me, Kenny

    I have bad knees. I have been told to blame my grandmother. I have also been told to blame her for my love of animals. Today, we celebrate the 100th Critter Companions column.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE mummies 1 033014.jpg 'Mummies of the World' exhibit arrives in Buffalo

    As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - double trouble RGB Years later, still spending sunny days on Sesame Street

    I always knew we’d hit “the Elmo years.”

    Going into parenthood, it seemed like a given. Both my husband and I  were “Sesame Street” fans from childhood ourselves, and we were happy enough to pass it on to a new generation. And we knew, having friends with children of the applicable age, that in this day and age “Sesame Street” equalled Elmo, the squeaky-voiced “furry red menace” (thus dubbed by Oscar the Grouch) of parents everywhere.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Local Restaurant Week 2 033014.jpg Back for another bite

    As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

    If one weekend of food and wine pairings is a good thing, two weekends of food and wine pairings must be even better.

    For the first time, the Taste of the Trail event, which takes place Friday through April 6 and April 11 to 13 on the Niagara Wine Trail, will be split into two weekends, with half the trail’s wineries taking part the first weekend and half the second, said Elizabeth Maute, wine trail coordinator.

    March 31, 2014