Rochester Beer Blog

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”

The Land of Oz: Stoneyard Brewing Expands

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”

A Bounty of New Beers to Close Out the Year

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”

Drinking Right Now

Enjoying a Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, super rich, malty, and just a hint of boozy flavor!

The Rochester Beer Bubble

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.

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Which Craft Do You Crave?

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.

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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!

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