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”
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.
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.
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”
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.”
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”
Rochester’s seventh craft brewery is located in an old firehouse on busy Route 104 in the shadow of the Kodak Park manufacturing complex, a stark reminder of how this city is constantly renewing itself in the face of adversity. Twenty-eight year old Keith Owens is the founder of Iron Tug Brewing, taking his interest in home-brewing to the next level.