Enjoying a Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, super rich, malty, and just a hint of boozy flavor!
We have been so fortunate to live in an area with an exciting and constantly expanding local beer scene. It seems like almost every few months, we hear about a new brewery opening up in our area. According to the New York State Brewers Association (headquartered here in Rochester, woot!), there are now more than 320 breweries in New York State, up from less than 100 just five years ago. In Rochester alone, several new breweries have opened up in the last three years alone. That’s a lot of growth for an niche industry that currently enjoys just a 12% share of beer sales in America. Continue reading “The Rochester Beer Bubble”
WhichCraft Brews in Penfield (mailing address Webster) is an exciting combination of brewery, bottle shop, restaurant, and tap room that opened this past July. Don’t let its suburban location in the newly renovated Bay Towne Plaza fool you, WCB is serious about their beer. The owners have local roots with connections to the 585 Rochester Beer bottle shop in Brockport.
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.
Cracked open my very first Sip of Sunshine from Lawson’s Remarkable Liquids! Believe this hype, this is an amazingly hoppy and tasty IPA!
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.
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.
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?
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”