It can be overwhelming to consider all of the breweries that call the Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley, Niagara, Southern Tier, and Western New York regions home. So we’ll focus on the ones closest to Rochester—all in Monroe County!
These artisans show off their newest and most popular creations while giving you a food and beverage experience, making for a great day trip.
We’ve also created a Google Map with all of these breweries pinned for your convenience.
- Genesee Brewing Company
- Rohrbach Brewing Company
- Swiftwater Brewing Company
- Roc Brewing Company
- Three Heads Brewing
- Strangebird Brewing
- Iron Tug Brewing
- Sager Beer Works
- Nine Maidens Brewing
- K2 Brothers Brewing
- Knucklehead Craft Brewing
- WhichCraft Brews
- Lock 32 Brewing Company
- Seven Story Brewing
- Triphammer Bierwerks
- Fairport Brewing Company
- Faircraft Brauhaus
- Blue Toad Hard Cider
- Irondequoit Beer Company
- Griffs Brewery
- Brindle Haus Brewing Company
- Stoneyard Brewing Company
- RG Brewery
- Wood Kettle Brewing
- Blue Barn Cider
- Copper Leaf Brewing Company
Breweries in the City of Rochester
1. Genesee Brewing Company
25 Cataract St., Rochester
Our Pilot Brewery contains Newlands steam-fired 20-barrel brewing system. The small batch system allows for brewers to create new recipes and experiment. We offer three different beers that are exclusive to the Genesee Brew House.
The beers change frequently. Guest breweries are sometimes invited to partner in creating new experimental beers. The tasting bar is open Sunday–Wednesday, 11am–9pm and Thursday–Saturday, 11am–10pm, and features a flight of four different beers for $4. You may also purchase growlers to enjoy our beer at home.
2. Rohrbach Brewing Company
97 Railroad St, Rochester
Step into our century-old beer hall and craft brewery located in the heart of the city. Our beer hall features locally sourced ingredients from our neighbor, the Rochester public market, and craft beers tapped right from the brewery–it doesn’t get any fresher.
With our classics always on tap and available for purchase, the beer hall also offers unique one-off brews you can’t find anywhere else.
3. Swiftwater Brewing Company
378 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester
Swiftwater Brewing Company is a farm brewery/brewpub located in the heart of downtown Rochester’s South Wedge neighborhood.
Our mission is to create high quality, innovative beer while providing an atmosphere for our customers and colleagues that foster camaraderie and acceptance. We love our community and cannot thank it enough for the love we receive from them. We hope you will enjoy our beer as much as we love making it!
Food menu includes snacks and small plates.
4. Roc Brewing Company
56 S Union St, Rochester
Located in Downtown Rochester, NY, Roc Brewing Co. is one of Rochester’s original craft breweries. We brew beer in-house just behind our tasting room, where we serve pints, flights and food made to order. We also offer 32oz crowlers to go.
We focus on creating consistent, high-quality beer that uses the best ingredients paired with the highest standards of quality that rivals the greatest breweries around the world.
With indoor and outdoor seating, we’re set up for groups, happy hours, everyday meet-ups. Our Downtown Rochester tasting room is complete with beer, food, parking, good times and amazing views of the beautiful city skyline.
5. Three Heads Brewing
186 Atlantic Ave, Rochester
Come in to try our rotating seasonal craft brew offerings, food and drink specials or to enjoy some weekly live music.
Plus we have a patio that rivals any other breweries in the city.
6. Strangebird Brewery
62 Marshall Street, Rochester
Strangebird is a new craft brewery close to the heart of the city in Rochester, New York. Our beer spans all styles and is found exclusively at our brewery.
7. Iron Tug Brewing
360 W Ridge Rd, Rochester
What truly defines Iron Tug Brewing are the “Nitro Beers”. Providing a creamy texture and more evenly distributed flavors from CO2 Beers.
I have sought out to make the closest beer to a Guinness poured in Ireland. I also make a very good Irish Red ale that will keep you coming back for more.
8. Sager Beer Works
46 Sager Dr, Rochester
After 20 years, brewing craft beer is our greatest passion—and every ale, stout, lager, pilsner and porter are crafted on-site using only the highest quality ingredients.
Sager’s locally-grown, house-made artisan food choices—from Soft Bavarian Pretzels and Burgers to Tijuana Tacos and Charcuterie—will enhance your Sager experience
9. Nine Maidens Brewing
1344 University Ave, Rochester
Nine Maidens was born out of a lot of home experimentation and countless beer tastings. Our aim is to provide the Rochester beer scene with a range of beer styles, from trendy to historical to experimental. As a nano brewery with a batch size of one barrel, we are able to provide a rotating tap list with carefully curated recipes. Small batch size also means limited quantities, so stop in often and get it while it’s fresh!
Kettle corn, charcuterie, soft pretzels, and flatbread pizza prepared by Mullers Cider House. Patrons may also bring outside food in or have food delivered to the taproom.
Breweries in the Surrounding Suburbs
10. K2 Brothers Brewing
1221 Empire Blvd, Penfield
K2 Brothers Brewing is a NYS Farm/Micro Brewery owned and operated by brothers Kyle and Bradley Kennedy. There is a full food menu available.
11. Knucklehead Craft Brewing
426 Ridge Rd, Webster
When you visit our tap room you can always expect someone in the Dummer family right behind the bar. All of our Knucklehead staff is always ready to educate and even become friends with any customer that walks in our doors. We typically have around 6-8 beers on tap, 3 of those taps you can always expect our flagship beers. Our tap room is where over 90% of our beer comes out of, it’s absolutely the place to give our beers a try!
Food menu includes appetizers, sandwiches and panini.
12. WhichCraft Brews
1900 Empire Blvd, Webster
WhichCraft Brews is a craft beer brewery, brewpub with “To-Go” packs, and a restaurant.
We feature 55 taps on draft (including five brewed on premises), an in-house custom “Food Truck” serving our signature sand’WHICHes, and “To-Go” packs & cases.
13. Lock 32 Brewing Company
10 Schoen Pl., Pittsford
We have nine signature Lock 32 beers on tap at all times with a steady rotation of seasonals. To help round out the menu we always have a refreshing 1911 Hard Cider on tap as well some non-alcoholic beverages for the kids and designated drivers of the group.
Our tasting room offers a scenic location on the canal.
14. Seven Story Brewing
604 Pittsford Victor Rd, Pittsford
A new brewing experience on the Erie Canal. Located in historic Bushnell’s Basin.
It is widely believed and written about that all stories and plotlines ever written fall into one (or more) of seven different categories or story archetypes. These are: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, Rebirth.
Each of our beers will gain inspiration and name from a famous (or newly created) story within each category.
15. Triphammer Bierwerks
111 Parce Avenue, Fairport
Set in a 7,800 square foot industrial building with a unique local canning history to it, the brewery offers an open location to enjoy an on-site brewed beer.
16. Fairport Brewing Company
99 South Main Street, Fairport and 1044 University Ave, Rochester
The best place to get the full experience of our hand-crafted beers is enjoying them in our Tap Room – serving tastings, pints, and growlers. There you’ll find the cozy comfort and antique ambiance of a converted auto repair garage.
Or, for three seasons of the year, enjoy a brew and entertainment under the sun and stars of our outdoor patio.
17. Faircraft Brauhaus
25 Parce Ave, Fairport
New to the old American Can Factory, the birth place of the beer can, is Faircraft Brauhaus. Come enjoy a German style beer and select food pairings while surrounding yourself with the work of talented local artists and musicians.
18. Blue Toad Hard Cider
120 Mushroom Blvd, Henrietta
Old-school values, new-world sensibilities. Born in a barn, Blue Toad Hard Cider honors the tradition and legacy of America’s first beverage.
19. Irondequoit Beer Company
765 Titus Ave, Irondequoit
Our story begins with an old hidden treasure within the Town of Irondequoit in Upstate NY. A barn, where generations once farmed their land with grit and sweat, was sitting empty and unseen. We wanted to continue that tradition of taking Nature’s harvest and produce something that we could be proud of. So we brought this little barn back to life and we are honored to give Irondequoit their first brewery.
Nate, our Head Brewer and Irondequoit resident, has chosen ten perfectly crafted beers for you to enjoy on tap. We also offer a menu that will make your visit complete and memorable.
20. Griffs Brewery
324 W Ridge Rd, Spencerport
We are located right outside Spencerport NY where we make all our craft beer for you to enjoy! Come visit us and experience the family atmosphere!
21. Brindle Haus Brewing Company
377 S Union St, Spencerport
Brindle Haus Brewing Co. is Spencerport’s first micro-brewery. We offer a variety of quality craft beer brewed on premise.
22. Stoneyard Brewing Company
48 Merchant St, Brockport
Stoneyard Brewing Company does what we love best – brew beer! With 16 beers on tap and quality food, we’re sure to become your favorite local brewpub.
23. RG Brewery
1360 West Sweden Rd, Brockport
Our beautiful Adirondack style tasting room is the perfect escape close to home. We offer the highest quality wine and beer all produced in house.
24. Wood Kettle Brewing
1192 Manitou Rd, Hilton
Wood Kettle Brewing has developed many different beer recipes over time and this dedication to perfection, rewards you, the customer, with fantastic, flavorful beer every time. From our award winning Local 20 Intro IPA to our dark, roasty Storm Chaser Stout, you should be able to find something you love.
We also serve wine made right here in New York State as well as guest taps of local breweries and hard cider makers.
25. Blue Barn Cider
928 Manitou Road, Hilton
Blue Barn Cidery is licensed as a NY State Farm Winery, which means we certify that all of our products are crafted from 100% homegrown ingredients. That’s why you won’t see “big label” or “imported” cider & beer on our menu.
Every brewery and cidery on our menu carries a Farm License as well. Which means you can enjoy your drink that much more knowing that 100% of the ingredients you’re enjoying were grown right here in New York, supporting local farmers like us.
The remainder of our taps are Guest Feature taps which offer additional rotating selections from other local brewers.
26. Copper Leaf Brewing Company
50 State St, Pittsford
Copper Leaf Brewing offers a variety of hand crafted ales and lagers, along with barrel aged and wild ales, using modern and old world brewing techniques.
Descriptions for breweries are from their websites.
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