Rochester Beer Blog

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”


Drinking Right Now

It was well worth seeking out the last batch of Jack’s Abby Copper Legend!

That Overdue Blog Post

One of the worst things you can do as the creator of a blog is to post the dreaded, “Hey, sorry I haven’t posted anything lately,” and spend more time writing about your procrastination instead of generating fresh and interesting content. I swore I wouldn’t be that guy. And I’m trying hard not to be. Trying. So. Hard. Continue reading “That Overdue Blog Post”

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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Mapping Every Brewery and Brewpub in New York State

New York State has seen an explosion in the number of new breweries and brewpubs opening in just the last five years alone. Sometimes it seems so hard to keep up with them all. For instance, Rochester is about to welcome its SEVENTH brewery within the city limits when Iron Tug opens up in Ridge Road this August. Continue reading “Mapping Every Brewery and Brewpub in New York State”

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”

Puff Puff

You need to stop whatever you are doing right now and drive to Auburn to visit Prison City Brewery and drink as much Puff Puff Shiv as you can. Like, right now.


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