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24 Craft Breweries in Rochester and Monroe County

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.

Breweries in the City of Rochester

Rochester Breweries - Genesee Brewery
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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.

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Rochester Breweries - Rohrbach Brewing Company
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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.

Nearby

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Rochester Breweries - Swiftwater Brewing
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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.

Nearby

Highland Park in Rochester

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Rochester Breweries - Roc City Brewing
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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.

Nearby

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Rochester Breweries - Three Heads Brewing
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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.

Nearby

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Rochester Breweries - Iron Tug Brewing
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6. 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.

Nearby

Maplewood Park

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Rochester Breweries - Sager Beer Works
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7. 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

Nearby

Cobbs Hill + Washington Grove

The view from Cobbs Hill, the quiet, the breeze, the friendly nature of people walking and taking it all in—there’s nothing quite like it in Rochester.

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Rochester Breweries - Nine Maidens Brewing
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8. 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.

Nearby

ARTISANworks

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Breweries in the Surrounding Suburbs

K2 Brothers Brewing
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9. 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.

Breweries in Monroe County - Knucklehead Craft Brewing
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10. 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.

WhichCraft Brews
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11. 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.

Breweries in Monroe County - Lock 32 Brewing Company
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12. 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.

Nearby

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Seven Story Brewing
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13. 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.

Breweries in Monroe County - Triphammer Bierwerks
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14. 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. 

Fairport Brewing Co
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15. 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.

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16. 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. 

Craft Breweries in Monroe County - Blue Toad Hard Cider
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17. 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.

Breweries - Irondequoit Beer Co
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18. 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.

Griffs Brewery
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19. 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!

Brindle Haus Brewing COmpany
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20. 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.

Stoneyard Brewing Company
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21. 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.

RG Brewery
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22. 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.

Wood Kettle Brewing
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23. 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.

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24. 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.

Descriptions for breweries are from their websites.

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Which are your favorite Monroe County craft breweries?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!

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2 thoughts on “24 Craft Breweries in Rochester and Monroe County”

  1. Visit the Blue Barn Cidery: https://www.bluebarncidery.com/

    I love it because it uses it’s own local fruit to brew cider and pairs up with other local breweries and wineries to present their products as well, has tons of classes and fun events. It has even paired up with our local library for events. It’s set on a gorgeous farm and has a new venue for weddings and other events. Check it out! Find it on Facebook too.

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