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Finally, Something to go with Fruit Cake: Kacey’s Kristmas Ale

Rohrbachs Kaceys Kristmas AleA stop at Rohrbach’s Railroad Street Brewery is just one of many during our busy Saturday morning at the Rochester Public Market. Market goers filter in and out to fill up their growlers, try a sample, and tour the brewery. My husband and I lean against the bar and sip from our tasting glasses; Kacey’s Kristmas Ale, Rohrbach’s winter seasonal, a brown ale flavored with cherries. A strong cherry aroma hits you first, a departure from the spicy flavors so often found in winter seasonals. Lively carbonation creates an effervescent mouth feel that reminds me of cherry soda. “Mmm, this is different than I expected, but I like it!” I say to my husband, “What would you pair it with?” After a brief pause, he replies, “Fruit cake.” And I hate to admit it, but he’s right! Toasty malt flavors mix with tart cherry to create the perfect companion for the notorious holiday loaf… and at 4.5% ABV, you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself at the family Christmas party!

Visit Rohrbach Brewing at the Public Market every Saturday from 9am-3pm for tastings, growler fills, and tours on the hour!

*This review was featured in the Winter Edition of Rochester A-List’s Best Dish List. Check out Rochester A-List for things to do in Rochester, NY, including insider information, exclusive perks, invitations and VIP options for restaurants, fashion, beauty, events and entertainment!

Craft Beer Jobs: Brooklyn Brewery

Looking for a job in the craft beer industry? Brooklyn Brewery is hiring! Check out their Job Opportunities page for more details and learn how to apply for the following craft beer jobs:

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EVENTS AMBASSADOR

This part-time job is responsible for executing a variety of promotional events in bars, restaurants and stores. Promoting Brooklyn Brewery as a spokesperson for our beers and forging relationships on The Brewery’s behalf are all primary obligations.  The brewery is looking for enthusiastic ambassadors in the following cities/areas: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans,  Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa, Twin Cities, and Washington D.C.

Event Ambassadors will represent The Brewery on average 4 times a month while also accommodating periods of increased activity due to The Brewery’s Mash programming.

JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Apply to be an in-house Junior Graphic Designer/Production Artist in Brooklyn, NY. Create promotional assets for various projects, from POS to t-shirts to web graphics, the position will always have something new to do. Brooklyn Brewery has a well-established brand and thorough style guide, created by our designer, Milton Glaser. While Mr. Glaser will continue to design all of our new branding and packaging from his office in Manhattan, the new hire will be expected to work within the style guide for whatever job is assigned.

As with every member of the marketing unit, the brewery is looking for someone with a passion for beer & food that is connected to the many creative communities of Brooklyn. The right candidate will have an exhaustive command of pop culture comprehension.

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Help execute Brooklyn Brewery’s national network of events and promotions from their office in New York City. Introduce the Brooklyn brand to new customers and have meaningful engagement with those already familiar with the lineup. The Marketing Coordinator is in charge of the Donations Program and management of Brewery Sales Reps’ market programming.

A passion for beer & food, deep knowledge of pop culture and high aptitude for social media are all needed to do this job well. A good handle on the Brooklyn brand and appreciation for where Brooklyn Brewery sits in the increasingly interesting and crowded craft beer landscape are also positive attributes. The Brewery seeks a candidate who is well connected to Brooklyn’s various creative communities.

EXPORT COORDINATOR

Brooklyn Brewery is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated & capable individual to assist the Export Manager in international marketing and sales. This is a full-time position, based in Brooklyn, NY. The right candidate will already be a member of the city or region’s nightlife scene with existing relationships that can help position the Brooklyn brand. A familiarity with food trends, contemporary music, film, comedy and international culture are big pluses.

Visit the Brooklyn Brewery Jobs Page for more details…

Bloggers Offline: Beer & Cheese Pairing

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Craft Beer + Artisan Cheese Pairing

What: craft beer and artisan cheese pairings, $15 includes 3 pairings.

Where:The Tap & Table, 284 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY 14608 tel: 585-319-3388

When: Oct. 10, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Bloggers Offline is an initiative of the Rochester Blogger Network, featuring events designed to highlight the best of our city, showcasing local bloggers, their knowledge and expertise. I am super excited to be the featured blogger this month, and hope that all of you in the Rochester area will stop out on Thursday night to sample the following beer & cheese pairings, selected especially for this event.

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Meeting Jim Koch

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I’m at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston this weekend. Last night, we visited the Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams, in Jamaica Plains. After an introduction by Julia Herz of the Brewers Association, and a Keynote Speech by Jim Koch, we had the opportunity to visit the barrel room and drink Sam Adams Utopias with the man, himself.

You can file that under memorable moments in the life of the Craft Beer Girl…

Craft Beer Jobs: Taproom Manager, Penrose Brewing Company

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Penrose Brewing Company, an independently owned microbrewery expected to open this Fall in Geneva, IL, is looking for a Taproom Manager to manage day-to-day operations in the taproom, as well as assist with community development, event management, and brewing operations. This will be a full-time, salaried position, scheduled to begin in September 2013. Salary will be based on experience.

The pursuit of balance inspires effort to bring order to random. Our lives are enriched by personal experience, some more common than others, but each as unique as the next. The collective becomes who we are, what we do, and how we remember. We liken our beers to these experiences.

Owners, Tom Korder and Eric Hobbs, come from Goose Island Beer Company, both working for years before the brewery was bought by AB-InBev in 2011. Together, with a shared obsession for skillfully brewed beer and a deep commitment to the art and science of craft brewing, Tom and Eric look forward to fostering a culture of positive, forward thinkers at Penrose Brewing. The 40 barrel brew house, located about an hour outside of Chicago, will focus on Belgian inspired session ales, oak barrel-aging, and alternative fermentation. I spoke with Eric this afternoon about the neighborhood. “It’s a river town,” he says, “The downtown area is full of small, independently owned businesses, boutique shopping, and great restaurants. The slow-food movement is taking off here, an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and a burgeoning craft beer market make Geneva a great place to be.” So, you think you’re Taproom Manager material? The job description points to “an industrious individual, intent on growing with the young brewery. Endless opportunity–meaning when you come on board you take a lead role and control your own destiny.” Click the link below for the complete job description and how to apply.

Taproom Manager Job Description

Application Deadline is Friday, August 2, 2013.

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The Spirit of Rochester, NY

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This post is not entirely beer-related. However, to appreciate one’s city, celebrate its history, champion hard work and the spirit of service… that’s totally craft beer. So, in the spirit of craft beer, I bring you the spirit of Rochester, NY—my city.

Every so often I hear someone rag on Rochester; usually they say there’s nothing to do here. It seems to come mostly from people that grew up here, living in the suburbs, outside the vibrant life of the city. If you’re one of those people, I invite you to read the following text and reconsider Rochester, NY. Come to our city, experience it, and come to understand what many of us already know—The “get together” spirit is strong here. It’s in our neighborhoods, like The South Wedge and the Neighborhood of the Arts. It’s at The Public Market on Saturday mornings. It’s in our bars and restaurants, seen in the thoughtfully prepared menu’s full of quality, local ingredients. And it’s in our beer scene, close knit and accepting…. full of variety and quality, creativity and collaboration.

I recently stumbled upon The Book of Industrial Rochester, published for the Allied Trade Commissions of Great Britain, France, Italy and Belgium, on the occasion of their visit to Rochester, NY in November, 1919, under the auspices of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. In reading the introductory statements, which I’ve copied below, I found myself filled with emotion—an overwhelming sense of pride for the city I’ve come to call my home. Feelings of social contentedness and a sense of community, strengthened by words written nearly 100 years ago.

The Spirit of Rochester

To obtain recognition in these strenuous times one must carry his pedestal with him.
The meek and lowly may inherit the earth—later.

So said a commercial cynic recently. Rochester doesn’t need a pedestal in order to obtain recognition. It is a city that in the eyes of the knowing part of the world is set on a hill. Neither does Rochester desire to inherit the earth. It wants the earth to inherit Rochester.

Rochester is a young city. It was only a hundred years ago that a handful of pioneers settled in this beautiful valley of the Genesee at the brink of a great waterfall, and set up the beginnings of what is now the City of Rochester, the twenty-fifth city of the United States in size. The story of Rochester’s growth is not unlike the story of the growth of many other American cities. It is a story of enterprise and thrift coupled with an intense desire for advancement in education and the things which make life more worth while.

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Craft Beer Jobs: Regional Sales Manager, Terrapin Beer Co.

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Working in the craft beer industry is a dream for many beer lovers, but how do you land a job in such a sought-after industry? First, you have to know where to look. Now, just look here for posts marked Craft Beer Jobs. These sponsored posts are part of a new project I’m working on, that will connect beer lovers with jobs in the craft beer industry!

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Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Beer Company, located in Athens, Georgia, is dedicated to creating unique experiences through the passionate brewing of the finest-quality craft beers. The brewery was founded in 2002, by John Cochran & Brian “Spike” Buckowski, who met while working together at a microbrewery in Atlanta. These days John and Spike are enjoying Terrapin’s 40,000 square foot brewing facilities, including a new 100 BBL brewhouse. The year round line-up now includes Rye Pale Ale, Golden Ale (only in Georgia), Hopsecutioner, Tree Hugger, and RecreationAle. Visit the Terrapin Beer Co website for a full list of year round and seasonal offerings, as well as side projects and collaboration beers.

Craft Beer Jobs at Terrapin

Terrapin Beer Co. is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic craft beer sales manager to oversee the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. This is a full time position based out of Philadelphia. The Regional Sales Manager position is responsible for achieving key sales objectives through the managing of multiple distributors and aggressively growing new accounts. The position is responsible for managing the growth and development of the Terrapin Beer Company LLC product mix and brand value in a defined market area. The Regional Sales Manager must ensure that the Terrapin brand integrity and business model of ethical fair dealings with existing and targeted accounts is never compromised. The incumbent will report directly to the applicable Area Sales Director. Please see the link below for a full job description and required qualifications.

Regional Sales Manager Job Description

Application Deadline: Posting closes at 5 pm July 12, 2013.

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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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