Everyone gets excited for Rochester Real Beer Week (http://rochesterrealbeer.com/), an event that has grown over the last five years to become one of the area’s biggest beer festivals. What’s great is how many local breweries and restaurants get together to host special events throughout the week. This year’s event runs from June 10 through 19, and promises to be better than the last. The RRB guide for 2016 has just been released, so some friends and I went through the calendar and circled some events we want to check out…
Friday, June 10
Mullers Cider House (1344 University Avenue, Rochester) is hosting a tasting event featuring sidra style ciders from Spain. A quick search of Google reveals that Spanish ciders stand out from their English and American cousins by tending to have unique musty and tart flavors. Due to their natural fermentation, they usually are “still” or contain no carbonation. As such, the ciders are generally poured into a glass from a height that agitates and aerates the cider to enhance the flavor. Quietly opening at the end of 2015, Mullers Cider House is a welcome addition to the local scene. The sidra event runs from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and a tasting costs $3.00.
Saturday, June 11
This is the Main Event from 6:00-10:00 p.m., the Rochester Real Beer Expo, a giant block party along Gregory Street in the South Wedge featuring more than 40 breweries and distilleries, vendors, music, and more. Besides getting to sample awesome beer, visit with fellow imbibers, and try great local foods, this event benefits neighborhood improvements through the cooperation of the Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA). Tickets are $45.00 each and available online.
Sunday, June 12
Have you recovered from the Beer Expo the day before? Slink out of bed around noon and head down to the Swillburger/Playhouse (820 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester) where you’ll find rich donut themed beers paired with delicious donuts and breakfast sandwiches. Saturday morning cartoons like you remember from your 8-bit childhood will be playing on the big screen. This is the way to adult.
Monday, June 13
Friendly neighborhood tavern Caverly’s Irish Pub (741 South Avenue, Rochester) is hosting a fun event called “Get Drunken and Naked” featuring “drunken” sausages from Mise en Place paired with a Naked Dove tap takeover! Starting at 6:00 p.m., the special for the night includes Naked Dove pints for just $3.50. If you’ve never made the trip to Canandaigua to sample their beers, this comfortable local bar is a great place to start.
Tuesday, June 14
Salinger’s Bar & Grill (107 East Avenue, Rochester) has been a staple of the East End for years, bringing some New York City style to East Avenue. Starting at 7:00 p.m. “Stout Out Tuesday” will feature several deliciously dark beers including 2013 Goose Island Bourbon County, 2015 Sierra Nevada Narwhal, 2016 Founders KBS, and Stone Imperial Stout all on draught. Dependable standby Guinness on special with $4.00 pints rounds out the event.
Wednesday, June 15
If it’s Wednesday, you know I’ll be at Swiftwater Brewing (378 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester), and this week will be no different. Because it’s a special week, the Swiftwater crew is releasing a special collaboration called “Prison Yard Water” developed with Prison City Brewery of Auburn and Stoneyard Brewing of Brockport. Having sampled fantastic brews at all three breweries, I think we’ll be in for a treat. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., and look for me at my “usual” spot at the bar.
Thursday, June 16
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but a new brewery is about ready to open up in the city… The much anticipated opening of Three Heads Brewing (186 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester) is finally here, with doors to their brand new brewery and tasting room thrown open at 3:00 p.m. Featured brew will be a collaboration with Rohrbach Brewing Co. called “Kinda Scotch.”
Friday, June 17
When Stoneyard Brewing (1 Main Street, Brockport) puts out a limited release, you want to be first in line with your glass in hand. Starting at 5:00 p.m. until supplies run out, “The Great and Powerful Oz” will be putting on a special barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Can’t make it to Brockport? Head over to The Old Toad (277 Alexander Street, Rochester) for their Fifth Annual Cask Fest from 7:00 p.m. until close. Thirty different beers will be on tap at this special event.
Saturday, June 18
I’m planning on waking up at the crack of dinnertime and slinking over to Acme Bar & Pizza (496 Monroe Avenue, Rochester) for their “IPA Extravaganza.” Plus, they have really great thin crust pizza.
Sunday, June 19
The Owl House (75 Marshall Street, Rochester) will be hosting a nice Father’s Day Brunch with suggested beer pairings. Do something nice for the Old Man, for once. But, shhh, not so loud.
There are dozens of great events going on throughout the week. Branch out and try something new! Please be responsible while sampling, and remember to enjoy yourself. More details about Rochester Real Beer Week can be found on Facebook or at their web site http://rochesterrealbeer.com/