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Rochester Beer Blog

Young Lion Roars Onto the Scene

The buzz surrounding our region’s newest brewery began more than a year ago when plans for the facility on the shores of Canandaigua Lake were first announced. You’ll find Young Lion Brewing Co. nestled right in the center of the new Pinnacle North mixed-use development, a welcome addition to a community that is already home to Twisted Rail, Peacemaker, Three Huskies, and Naked Dove (see “Canandaigua Three-Way“).  Young Lion’s 35-barrel brewhouse is built for high production, canning, and statewide distribution. Certainly ambitious goals for a start-up, but the partners bring a variety of professional experience and considerable financial backing to make it happen.

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Drinking Right Now

Cracked open my very first Sip of Sunshine from Lawson’s Remarkable Liquids! Believe this hype, this is an amazingly hoppy and tasty IPA!

Rochester Real Beer Week 2017

Now in its seventh year, the Rochester Real Beer Week is an exciting calendar of events in and around the Flower City designed to introduce you to the rapidly expanding craft beer scene. You can find the full calendar of events here. Of course, it’s impossible to attend all of the events outlined in the guidebook, but here’s a few that caught our eye. Note that some events have an admission fee or require advance tickets.

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The Beer Blog Turns One

I started the Rochester Beer Blog a little more than a year ago because I was fascinated by the rapid growth of the craft beer movement, and it seemed like Rochester was an exceptional hotbed of activity. New breweries, transformation of old brands, local bars welcoming local brews into their tap lines, and just a general enthusiasm that seemed to be quickly spreading through the region. As beer enthusiast, it’s been fun watching it all unfold practically at my doorstep.

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In Defense of the Dive

Dive bars. They’re dirty, located in questionable neighborhoods, and full of undesirables keeping late hours. Their “beer list” is a bland grouping of mass-market swill served up in well-worn pint shakers. The lighting is subdued, the smells are unrecognizable.  Battle-weary bar stools are upholstered in layers of duct tape and who knows what else. Don’t even get me started on the bathrooms. You’re a refined beer connoisseur, so why would you be caught dead in some sleazy dive?

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Thar Be Dragons: Silver Lake Brewing Project

You’ve probably heard of Silver Lake. No, not where all those kids got murdered, that’s Camp Crystal Lake, and that was a movie. Our region’s newest brewery and tasting room is located in Perry, about an hour’s drive southwest of Rochester. Yes, it’s about an hour, and yes, this pretty much stretches my outer boundary of what I’ll consider part of the region I wish to cover in this blog. You’re probably imagining a medieval map with “Thar Be Dragons” scrawled in the area south of Rochester where you imagine this place to be. Look, I know driving up to Webster is still a challenge for most of you, but hear me out before you miss out on some great beer from Silver Lake Brewing Project. Continue reading “Thar Be Dragons: Silver Lake Brewing Project”

Triphammer Bierwerks is not on Parce Ave.

Scott Denhart is not afraid to share the story of how Triphammer Bierwerks came to be. In fact, I think he’s almost proud of how difficult it was. When Scott’s wife wanted to relocate back to the Rochester area, it was with the caveat that he would get to open his own brewery. And so a brewing system from a defunct operation in California was purchased and placed in storage. Scott began to research locations hither and yon, coming close on two occasions. In the meantime, he remained active in the Upstate New York Homebrewers Association. Pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. Continue reading “Triphammer Bierwerks is not on Parce Ave.”

Drinking Right Now

A delicious Monk’s Vacation belgian ale (8.0%) at Saltwater Brewery in Boca Raton, Florida! It’s a religious experience…

Swiftwater Turns Two

If you have followed this blog and its companion Facebook page for any amount of time, you probably get the idea I have spent more than a few evenings at Swiftwater Brewing on Mt. Hope Avenue in Rochester. My friend Dave Scheiderich introduced me just a few months after they opened in 2015. I liked the homespun atmosphere, and the  bartenders steered me towards great beers during each visit up and down the tap list. Continue reading “Swiftwater Turns Two”

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