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31 Craft Breweries in Rochester and Monroe County

Considering all the breweries that call the Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley, Niagara, Southern Tier, and Western New York regions home can be overwhelming. So we’ll focus on the ones closest to Rochester—all in Monroe County!

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Fifth Frame Brewing

155 St. Paul St., Rochester

from their website: An easygoing brewery serving hearty comfort classics alongside coffee, craft beers, burgers, and biscuits. Sop in for dinner or Sunday brunch.

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Rochester Breweries - Genesee Brewery
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Genesee Brewing Company

25 Cataract St., Rochester

from their website: Our Pilot Brewery contains a Newlands steam-fired 20-barrel brewing system. The small batch system allows 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, 11 am–9 pm, and Thursday–Saturday, 11 am–10 pm, 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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High Falls on the Genesee River

High Falls is the name of the waterfall, the neighboring historic district, and the future Rochester High Falls State Park.

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Heroes Brewing Company

543 Atlantic Ave., Rochester

from their website: In 2016, we started the journey to celebrate the everyday hero with great beer. Giving back to one’s community is very important to us. One dollar from every 4-pack of cans sold is donated to a charity in our community.

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George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum is a beautiful tribute to his life & legacy, and is the world’s oldest photography museum with one of the oldest film archives.

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Iron Tug Brewing

371 Park Ave., Rochester

from their website: 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 to make the closest beer to a Guinness poured in Ireland. I also make a very good Irish Red ale that will keep you returning for more.

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Maplewood Park & Rose Garden

Maplewood Park is a linear park that follows the river from Driving Park and the Lower Falls to just north of Route 104, ending at the pedestrian bridge over the Genesee.

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Nine Maidens Brewing

1344 University Ave., Rochester

from their website: 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 or have food delivered to the taproom.

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ARTISANworks

I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, a bombardment on the senses, and a 360° canvas that defies all boundaries.

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Nine Spot Brewing

190 Monroe Ave., Rochester

from their website: Nine Spot Brewing is a unique craft brewery and taproom concept created to celebrate the rich diversity of New York State by highlighting its unique regional flavors and products.

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Museums Around Rochester

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Rohrbach Brewing Company

97 Railroad St, Rochester

from their website: Step into our century-old beer hall and craft brewery 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.

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Rochester Public Market

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Sager Beer Works

46 Sager Dr., Rochester

from their website: After 20 years, brewing craft beer is our greatest passion—and every ale, stout, lager, pilsner, and porter is 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.

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Cobbs Hill + Washington Grove

The peaceful view from Cobbs Hill, along with the friendly people walking and taking it all in, make it a unique Rochester experience.

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Strangebird Brewery

62 Marshall Street, Rochester

from their website: 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.

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Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play boasts the world’s most extensive collection of play-related historical materials.

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Swiftwater Brewing Company

378 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester

from their website: 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 fosters 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! The food menu includes snacks and small plates.

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Highland Park in Rochester

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Three Heads Brewing

186 Atlantic Ave., Rochester

from their website: Try our rotating seasonal craft brews and specials, and enjoy some weekly live music. Plus, we have a patio that rivals other breweries in the city.

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Breweries in Monroe County

Aurora Brewing Co
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Aurora Brewing Company

604 Pittsford Victor Rd., Pittsford

from their website: We are located just outside Rochester and exactly one hour from our original taproom and brewery. Our Pittsford location is the most beautiful place to drink a beer in the area. We are in a beautifully restored farmhouse on the Erie Canal and will feature 10 taps of our freshly brewed draft beer and cans, snacks, wine by the glass, and other libations. Currently, our Rochester location is only serving small snacks for food. We plan on introducing more food items in the coming weeks, but we wanted to get open and pour you all this great beer first before we tackle food. We encourage you to order takeout from a delivery service like Grubhub or from one of our local restaurants.

Blue Park Cidery
Blue Park Cidery

Blue Barn Cidery

928 Manitou Rd., Hilton

from their website: Blue Barn Cidery is licensed as a NY State Farm Winery, so we certify that all 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. This means you can enjoy your drink more, knowing that 100% of the ingredients you enjoy were grown 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.

Blue Toad Cidery flight
Blue Toad Cidery flight

Blue Toad Hard Cider

120 Mushroom Blvd., Henrietta

from their website: Old-school values, new-world sensibilities. Born in a barn, Blue Toad Hard Cider honors the tradition and legacy of America’s first beverage.

Brindle Haus Brewing COmpany
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Brindle Haus Brewing Company

377 S Union St., Spencerport

from their website: Brindle Haus Brewing Co. is Spencerport’s first microbrewery. We offer a variety of quality craft beer brewed on-premises.

Copper Leaf Brrewing
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Copper Leaf Brewing Company

50 State St., Pittsford

from their website: 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.

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Faircraft Brauhaus

25 Parce Ave., Fairport

from their website: New to the old American Can Factory, the birthplace 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. 

Fairport Brewing Co
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Fairport Brewing Company

99 South Main St., Fairport, and 1044 University Ave, Rochester

from their website: The best place to get the full experience of our hand-crafted beers is by 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.

Griffs Brewery
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Griffs Brewery

324 W. Ridge Rd., Spencerport

from their website: We are located near Spencerport, NY, where we make all our craft beer. Come visit us and experience the family-friendly atmosphere.

Breweries - Irondequoit Beer Co
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Irondequoit Beer Company

765 Titus Ave., Irondequoit

from their website: 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 producing something we could be proud of.  So, we brought this little barn back to life and 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.

K2 Brothers Brewing
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K2 Brothers Brewing

1221 Empire Blvd., Penfield

from their website: 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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Knucklehead Craft Brewing

426 Ridge Rd., Webster

from their website: When you visit our tap room, you can always expect someone in the Dummer family right behind the bar. Our Knucklehead staff is always ready to educate and even become friends with customers who enter. 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. It’s absolutely the place to give our beers a try! The Food menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, and panini.

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

10 Schoen Pl., Pittsford

from their website: We always have nine signature Lock 32 beers on tap, with a steady rotation of seasonals. To help round out the menu, we always have a refreshing 1911 Hard Cider on tap and some non-alcoholic beverages for the kids and designated drivers of the group. Our tasting room offers a scenic location on the canal.

Okay Beer Company
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Okay Beer Company

125 W. Main St., Honeoye Falls

From their website: A brewery built within the four walls of an old bowling alley. Located 25 minutes south of Rochester in the Village of Honeoye Falls, NY. Eight house-made beers, craft cocktails, and local wine. Sixteen lanes of bowling, indoor and outdoor dining.

Preservation Beer Company
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Preservation Beer Company

75 N Main St, Fairport

from their website: Some say all things in moderation. We say all things in preservation.

RG Brewery
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RG Brewery

1360 W. Sweden Rd., Brockport

from their website: 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.

Rising Storm Brewing
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Rising Storm Brewery

1880 Blossom Road

from their website: RSBC – The Mill – Located at the former site of the historic Daisy Flour Mill, just minutes from the heart of Rochester. We make exceptional beer, deliver the most memorable craft beer experience, & have fun doing it!  We serve high-quality, approachable, and delicious food daily in our taproom. Our kitchen rotates the menu regularly, and you can always expect an array of options that pair well with our beer. 

Stoneyard Brewing Company
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Stoneyard Brewing Company

85 Clinton St., Brockport

from their website: Stoneyard Brewing Company does what we love best – brew beer! We will become your favorite local brewpub with 16 beers on tap and quality food.

Breweries in Monroe County - Triphammer Bierwerks
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Triphammer Bierwerks

111 Parce Ave., Fairport

from their website: Set in a 7,800-square-foot industrial building with a unique local canning history, the brewery offers an open location to enjoy an on-site brewed beer. 

Wood Kettle Brewing
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Wood Kettle Brewing

1192 Manitou Rd., Hilton

from their website: 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 in New York State and guest taps from local breweries and hard cider makers.

Descriptions for breweries are from their websites.

Places to Try a Variety of Local Brews

Mullers Cider
Muller’s Cider House

Are you looking for a taste of Rochester’s craft beverages but don’t know where to start? Head to Mullers Cider House on University Avenue, “a craft cider bar serving over 100 cider varieties and delicious local and seasonal food.”

Fattey Beer Co
Fattey Beer Co

Or head to Fattey Beer Company in the Neighborhood of Play. Fattey Beer is a dog-friendly bottle shop, tap room, and a craft community experience, with a large selection of craft beers, wine, cider, seltzer, sodas, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, and a world-famous chicken sandwich.

Or check out these events for a taste of Rochester:

Rochester Real Beer Expo in June “features 65 breweries, cideries, kombucha producers, and other craft beverage makers.”

Flour City Brewers Fest in August “is a craft beer festival celebrated in Rochester, NY with local craft breweries, cider, wine, spirits, local foods, and live music.”

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Which are your favorite Rochester and Monroe County craft breweries?

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Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

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  3. 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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