Rochester Beer Blog



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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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.”

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 theĀ  bartenders steered me towards great beers during each visit up and down the tap list. Continue reading “Swiftwater Turns Two”

Iron Tug: Your ship has come in

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.

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Stoneyard comes to the East Side

Stoneyard Brewing Company has enjoyed great success in its Brockport location, where the downstairs pub is the home to a very popular brewery limited only by the capacity of the available space. Ground was broken last year on a new brewery located nearby, and the owners also opened up the Stoneyard Breakfast Company as another extension of their wildly popular food and drink. Following the owners’ guiding principle “We Don’t Do Small,” Stoneyard has made the leap to Rochester’s east side, opening Stoneyard American Craft Beer Hall & Grill on the Penfieldy part of Webster off Empire Boulevard.

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The Summerville Trifecta

“Summerville?” Not everyone knows about this lakeside community located at the end of St. Paul Boulevard in Irondequoit. Pass under the abandoned railroad bridges, and you feel like you’re entering some ancient walled city. The origins of the community can be traced back to the turn of the century, when city dwellers would head up to the lake to cool off during the sweltering summer months. Some families established seasonal residences consisting of a large platform tent and small garden. It was a common arrangement for the wife and children to stay at the lake while the husband would take the trolley back and forth to work in Rochester each day. This community quickly became known as “Summerville,” and the tents gave way to cottages, the cottages to year-round homes. Continue reading “The Summerville Trifecta”

Real Beer Picks

Everyone gets excited for Rochester Real Beer Week (, 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… Continue reading “Real Beer Picks”

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