On July Fourth, Americans everywhere celebrate the freedoms afforded by those who came before us. The fight for independence did not end in 1776, it has been continuously defended and built upon in the years since. Such was the case for Joseph DiPasquale when he arrived at Ellis Island at age 14 in 1902. Seeking out opportunities to earn some money to send back to his family in Italy, Joseph joined up with his brothers in Rochester. The brewing industry was growing statewide, with Rochester home to more than 50 breweries and growing. Moerlbach Brewing Co. opened their state of the art brewery on Emerson Street in 1908, and the DiPasquale brothers saw an opportunity.
The first week of June always gives us something to look forward to here in Rochester. Not only have we shrugged off the last of a cold and rainy spring, but Rochester Real Beer Week is here! This special event highlighting craft beer is produced by the Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) in cooperation with local businesses such as the venerable Tap & Mallet pub. Special events are hosted all around the greater Rochester area that offer opportunities to try new beers in new venues. Here’s some of our picks for the coming week of festivities…
In a city that has enjoyed a new wave of growth in the craft beer industry in the last five years, it’s not surprising to see interest in homebrewing increase as well. Of course, brewing at home is a pursuit as old as the founding of the colonies, when making your own beer just as important as harvesting crops and tending to your livestock. Homebrewing embodies the do-it-yourself spirit that we enjoy in our own local craft beers, especially as consumers become more aware and interested in how their food reaches the table. Continue reading “Homebrewing Bolstered by Craft Beer Explosion”
It’s been two years since I decided to turn my passing interest in the rapidly growing Rochester craft beer scene into… Well, it’s been two years, and I’m still not quite sure what I’m doing here. I’ve met a ton of great people who have introduced me to many delicious beers along the way, that’s for sure. I’ve learned a lot about the business and the culture, too. It’s been a great learning experience, and I enjoy sharing what I’ve discovered with my sixteen loyal fans (seriously). Continue reading “Two Years of Beer Blogging”
The Rochester Beer Blog turns two! Join me at Swiftwater Brewing Co. (378 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, N.Y.) on Wednesday, April 25, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Raise a pint with me and win tickets to Rails & Ales.
We’re spoiled by the number of great new craft beer options we have in and around Rochester. Of course, I’ve been trying to keep tabs on new breweries opening up around the region as well. While they might not be right in our backyard, they are certainly worth a little road trip to expand your beer-sampling horizons. Just a couple weeks ago, my friends and I visited old and new craft breweries in Livingston, Wyoming, and Genesee counties. Continue reading “The Three-County Beer Tour”
From the outside, it doesn’t look like much. The red cinder block building off Clinton Street in Brockport offers no indication of the activity inside, other than some construction scraps left outside. Walk through the main garage door, and you’ll see why head brewer Jeffrey “Oz” Osborne is grinning ear to ear. Tanks are being positioned on a pristine floor coated in gray polyurethane. The bright white walls reflect off the polished stainless steel fixtures, almost like a glittering city rising up from the horizon… Almost like the Land of Oz? Continue reading “The Land of Oz: Stoneyard Brewing Expands”
As we wrap up 2017, the local beer scene has been so active it’s almost impossible to keep up. First, we celebrated the third anniversaries of Lost Borough Brewing Co. in Rochester, Prison City Pub & Brewery in Auburn, Knuckleheads Brewing Co. in Webster, and soon Swiftwater Brewing in Rochester. In the last six weeks alone, we have welcomed Brindle Haus Brewing in Spencerport, K2 Brothers Brewing in Penfield, Fifth Frame Brewing Co. in Rochester, Wood Kettle Brewing Co. in Greece. What’s more, we have new breweries scheduled to open in nearby Livingston County, including Battle Street Brewery in Dansville, Mortalis Brewing in Avon, and Rising Storm Brewing in Lakeville. This flurry of new activity has certainly been an exciting way to cap off 2017, bringing us up to eight breweries within the Rochester city limits, and 24 in Monroe County alone. Here’s a quick recap of year-end activities… Continue reading “A Bounty of New Beers to Close Out the Year”