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.
I started the Rochester Beer Blog a little more than a year ago because I was fascinated by the rapid growth of the craft beer movement, and it seemed like Rochester was an exceptional hotbed of activity. New breweries, transformation of old brands, local bars welcoming local brews into their tap lines, and just a general enthusiasm that seemed to be quickly spreading through the region. As beer enthusiast, it’s been fun watching it all unfold practically at my doorstep.
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.”
A delicious Monk’s Vacation belgian ale (8.0%) at Saltwater Brewery in Boca Raton, Florida! It’s a religious experience…
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”
It was well worth seeking out the last batch of Jack’s Abby Copper Legend!
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”