Archive | June, 2013

Crushing the Myths: Craft Cans

craft beer cansFor years, glass bottles were the package of choice for craft brewers. But recently, you may have noticed a growing number of canned beer on the shelves at your local beer store. Canning seems to have become a hot trend in the craft beer market, with more and more brands adding the alternative packaging to their lineup. So what’s with the cans? Read on as we debunk some common myths about canned beer.

Only cheap beer comes in cans.

No longer a sign of “cheap beer”, craft breweries all over the country are embracing cans. In fact, from a list of the countries top 50 craft breweries*, nearly half are canning in some capacity. Even Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams, who had previously sworn never to put their beer in cans, has changed his mind. “The debate over bottles vs. cans has been a sticking point for brewers in the craft beer community for years,” Koch said in a recent interview with Forbes. “In the past, I had my doubts about putting Sam Adams in a can because I wasn’t convinced that Boston Lager would taste as good as it does from a bottle. But cans have changed. And I believe we’ve designed a can that provides a slight but noticeably better drinking experience than the standard beer can.”

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Rochester Real Beer Week 2013

rochester real beer weekIt’s that time of year again! Friday, June 14th is the official start of Rochester Real Beer Week. Much like beer weeks held in other cities across the country, Real Beer Week starts with the Rochester Real Beer Expo and continues with a week long series of craft beer related events including tastings, food and beer pairings and dinners, socials, concerts, and craft beer launches. I love beer week as both a celebration of great craft beer, but also a celebration of Rochester’s eclectic neighborhoods, local businesses and all the great people that live here!

If you attended any of the events last year, you know that Rochester Real Beer Week is a seriously good time. This year, it promises to be even better… Tonight, the party has already begun over at Tap & Table for ROCkin’ on the River, the RRBW Official Kickoff Concert. Head down from 4-9pm for an outdoor show on Tap & Table’s riverside patio with a local beer focused draft list,  guest bartenders from local breweries, and a “Nose to Tail” Pig menu. Chef Brendon Clar will be creating dishes for the evening using a whole Berkshire hog. Note: T&T will not be offering their normal menu for the evening, but a vegetarian and vegan option will be available.

beer pouringThe big event is tomorrow’s Real Beer Expo. The Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA), along with neighborhood business owners, bring you a kick-ass street party with over 80 of the most exciting craft beers currently available.  The third annual Rochester Real Beer Expo will be held tomorrow, Saturday June 15th from 6-10pm with a pre-event VIP/Preview hour from 5-6. The party takes place on tree-lined Gregory Street in the South Wedge, right outside Tap & Mallet. Along with a world-class collection of craft beers they’ll be serving up ciders, locally made cheeses, and local eats including Cajun BBQ, fresh pizza, poutine, German & Italian sausage, wraps and sandwiches, hand rolled cigars, and more. All against the backdrop of live local musicians.

Beer will be flowing from breweries including Anderson Valley, Ballast Point, Brooklyn Brewery, Captain Lawrence, Custom Brewcrafters, Dogfish Head, Evil Twin, Founders, Great Lakes, Green Flash, Ithaca, Left Hand, Naked Dove, New England, ROC Brewing, Rohrbachs, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Stillwater, Stone, Three Heads, Uinta, Unity Kombucha, and SO many more! This is not just a bunch of breweries pouring their regular line-up of beers… I just saw the beer list for this event and you DO NOT want to miss out on this selection!

There are still tickets available but they are going quick so get in on this while you can!

Check back for updates about more events happening all week long as Rochester Real Beer Week continues!

John Urlaub, Rohrbach Brewing Company

john urlaub rohrbach brewingMeet John Urlaub, owner of Rohrbach Brewing Company. I recently caught up with John at Rohrbach’s Production Brewery & Tasting Room to learn more about one of the city’s first craft breweries. A Rochester native and graduate of St. Bonaventure University, he worked for Kodak before starting the brewery. His Kodak career included several relocations, including LA – where he tried his first craft beer, Anchor Steam; New York City – where he discovered Manhattan Brewing Company and fell in love with the brewpub concept; and eventually to Rohrbach, Germany – after which, he named the brewery.

Rohrbach Brewing Company, established in 1991, officially opened their doors in 1992 at the German House in Rochester’s South Wedge neighborhood. John laughs as he tells me that the toughest part of starting the brewery was getting his brewers license. But he didn’t have trouble getting approval… it was actually finding the application. “There were so few breweries in NY at that time, no one at the State Liquor Authority could find an application!”

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