Rochester Beer Blog

Rochester Brewers Look Ahead to 2019

What a ride it’s been over the last year! Rochester’s breweries have experienced tremendous growth as we now have ten craft brewers located within the city limits alone! Livingston County has been making waves with the opening of Mortalis and Rising Storm, while New York’s Other Half and Lockport’s New York Beer Project are preparing to open their satellite “destination breweries” in the coming year. With more breweries slated to open in the coming year, local beer enthusiasts will have more choices than ever before.
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Mortalis Brewing: Down to Earth

The excitement was palpable as I walked through the doors of Mortalis Brewing in Avon the other day. After months of following their build-out progress on Facebook, hearing whispers about their beers from various corners of the internet, and, yes, supporting their Kickstarter, I finally was setting foot in one of Livingston County’s newest breweries.  Before you scoff at the distance, Mortalis’ location in Avon is just 25 minutes from downtown Rochester, an easy ride down 390. Thanks to the Brew in Livingston contest, you better brush up on your geography. Continue reading “Mortalis Brewing: Down to Earth”

Beer and the American Dream: DiPasquale Bros. Pennsylvania Avenue Pilsner

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.

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2018 Rochester Real Beer Expo

The 2018 Rochester Real Beer Expo will be held Saturday, June 9. More than 40 craft breweries are participating in what has become the most popular outdoor block party in the South Wedge. Tickets are $50 each, available online.

Picks for Rochester Real Beer Week 2018

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…

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Homebrewing Bolstered by Craft Beer Explosion

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”

Two Years of Beer Blogging

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 Terrible Twos

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.

The Three-County Beer Tour

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”

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