Craft Breweries are hot! Well, actually their hops and some other stuff. According to the Democrat and Chronicle the industry has soared 59% between 2013 and 2014. Remember wine trails? We now have beer trails. It’s all good, but where do you begin with so many choices? We’re glad you asked, it’s turns out that social media and local businesses can help you get started.
This is actually a Facebook Group and not a page. It’s open to the public in terms of finding it, but it’s a closed group so you need to get accepted by an admin. Their definition as stated on the group page:
The group was created on February 4, 2011. We are based in the Rochester, NY area but have members all over the state and country! FCBaa includes beer geeks and people that are new to the craft beer scene along with production brewers and sales reps for these delicious beverages. The hope is that we are a resource to all interested in great beer. We have intelligent conversations about the beers we love without discouraging those that are new to craft beer. We are all here to share our thoughts on old favorites, new and seasonal beer offerings, limited releases, and great beers from outside our distribution area. We encourage our members to have the mind of a student and the heart of a teacher.
Their description: A collection of people from Rochester, NY who love beer and have a great time drinking it together. Whether you still live here or happen to be in another state or country if you were once in Rochester you are still a part of the scene.
Roc Beer is also a closed group, although there wasn’t any pending status to wait through. While some breweries do post their specials and latest flavors on the page, you still get reviews and answers to your questions when you ask. You also get a list of local events and tastings that you can attend to find out what you like.
The deal with craft beers is that they’re unique and that’s awesome. That also means that they’re limited editions. We fell in love with a beautiful grapefruit shandy at the Lilac Festival in May from CB Craft Brewers, only to discover when we visited their tasting room that it was long gone. Fear not, there was a strawberry blonde flavor that floated our boat and we bought a growler.
The truth is even people who aren’t beer people (aka. Wine lovers with potential) can still appreciate beer and you won’t know until you try.
We have some nearby places that support located crafted beer. It’s just a hop, (see what we did there) skip and a jump away!
Loc 32 Brew
10 Schoen Place
To bring you the simple enjoyment of an authentic local brew that embodies the spirit of Rochester, New York.
Lock 32 Brewing Company was established in 2013 by John Clark, Seth Clark, and Casey Dunlavey; three friends born and raised in Upstate NY looking to combine their love for the region with their passion for good craft beer. All three gentlemen currently reside in Rochester and with their families have greatly enjoyed immersing themselves in the rich history and culture of the area. Upon learning that the craft beer industry has deep roots in the Flower City, they felt it only fitting that Rochester lead the way in the east coast craft beer “boom”.
The Pittsford Pub and Grille
They have 24 beers on tap from more than one brewery and you can purchase a flight and growler. They were recently featured in a Seize the Weekday article and if you remember, they also have the NFL ticket!
In the end, the best place to begin is at your own beginning. We are fortunate to have so many options to choose from in our area. And, trying a new brew will not only be a fun time with friends, it will add a boost to small business and the local economy. So will buying a house, and we can help with that too! Contact us today!