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Rochester Real Beer Week: The Women & Beer Symposium

Here in Rochester, it’s not officially Spring  until the lilacs bloom, and Summer kicks off with Rochester Real Beer Week! This year, I am SO happy to announce that I’ll be hosting my own event, The Women & Beer Symposium, at Cure, located in the Rochester Public Market!

Women & Beer Symposium - More info at: http://thecraftbeergirl.comThe event will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014, and will begin with the Womens Industry Beer Dinner at 6pm. The 4 course menu will feature the inspired cuisine Cure is known for, expertly paired with world-class craft beer from across the country. Women participating in all levels of the craft beer industry are encouraged to attend, including those working with breweries, distributors, bars & restaurants, and retail beer stores; as well as beer writers & bloggers. Tickets for the Industry Dinner are $65, and can be purchased online.

After dinner, 8pm – 10pm, Cure will open to the public for a free open house, featuring beer shots, floats and cocktails at the bar. So if you can’t make the dinner, here is your opportunity to come out to meet and mingle with leading female voices in the craft beer world. No tickets are required for the open house.

The goal of the night is to celebrate the increasing contributions women are making to support the craft beer industry, and to provide a space for thoughtful discussion, social connection, and networking. Although women are the focus, men are welcome to attend both the dinner and the open house. So please join me for this very special night, it’s sure to be a treat!

Women & Beer Symposium - More info at: http://thecraftbeergirl.com

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!

All About Bacon | Beer & Bites, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying, and Love Beer & Food Pairings

The following is a guest post, written by a good friend of mine, Ryan Conaughty.  I met Ryan while he was studying for his Masters in Creative Writing at SUNY Brockport.  He’s taught me a lot about craft beer and has been a huge supporter of this site since it’s inception.  If you enjoy his writing, I recommend checking out his bike journal titled,TransAm Blues, wherein he tells the story of the time he rode his bicycle across the whole freaking country, by himself.  He’s a great writer, a great friend, and he knows a whole lot more about beer than I do.  Enjoy!

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In a small room just big enough to fit a stack of menus, a touchscreen cash register, and a pop machine; I try to conduct an interview with Scott Donnelly, owner of Donnelly’s Public House in Fairport, NY. It’s not easy. I have a list of questions that I want to ask him about beer, food, and Rochester, among other things, but we’re having a hard time communicating. People keep interrupting us. They’re shaking Scott’s hand, smiling, and telling him how much they enjoyed the dinner he and his team just presented. Words like “fantastic”, “excellent”, “unbelievable”, and “amazing” are all words they use. My favorite quote came from my girlfriend, as I pointed to her almost-full glass of Dogfish Head’s My Antonia, she smiled, putting her fork down from her Bourbon County Marinated Pork Loin stuffed with weaved bacon, horseradish, and aged 4-year Maple leaf cheddar cheese and said, “Sorry. The food is so good, I forgot I was drinking beer!”

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“That’s our goal,” Scott says, “to ‘WOW’ people.”, when I ask him if he considers this reaction an indication of success for the two-night, sold-out event. “Tonight and every other Beer and Bites, I think, represents my business model: to, in a way, under promise and over deliver. I mean, Tom Willis, our head chef and I talked about the soup for literally two hours just to get it right. My opinion? I think this was the best 5 course beer dinner we’ve ever done.” The smiles on everyone’s faces serve as a testament to the kitchen and wait staff: the meal was prepared, delivered, and paired perfectly.

People trust us. They trust that we’ll do a good job and treat them right. I want them to say ‘Donnelly’s knows their shit’. I mean, this whole beer dinner idea is, from a business standpoint, a failure by design. We don’t make money from this at all. But that’s not the point of hosting them and bringing all these great people together. It’s about the experience that good beer and great food offers. People know that we’re gonna take care of them when they come here, be it a Tuesday for lunch, a Sunday watching the game, or a five course pairing dinner. We’ve got pretty good beer, too.

I’d say that 30 taps of constantly rotating craft beer is better than “pretty good.” I ask him about our city and its rise as a prominent beer scene.

More About Donnelly’s Beer & Bites: All About Bacon…

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy new year! I can hardly believe that this site is almost one year old. As I look back on 2012, I am so grateful for what a wonderful experience starting this blog has been. Craft Beer is about people and community. It’s about growth and creativity and enjoying life. Thank you to all of you that have chosen to join me on this journey. This past year has been amazing and I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store. Cheers!

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The Roaming Pint: Holiday Gift Guide

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I wanted to put together a post about holiday gifts for craft beer lovers… but in my search for the goods, I stumbled upon the Craft Beer Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide, and wouldn’t you know it, Brian and Maria over at The Roaming Pint already did all the work for me!

So if you’ve got a craft beer lover on your list, shop the craft beer lover’s holiday gift guide and help support The Roaming Pint’s website and in turn, small businesses and breweries across the nation. They’ve got you covered with gifts for everyone on your list, from the novice beer lover to certified beer geeks and connoiseaurs!

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See the Craft Beer Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide…

November 8, 2012 is International Stout Day

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It’s coming… Thursday, November 8th is International Stout Day. A day when beer drinkers from across the globe raise a glass in honor of the rich, thick, creamy, roasty, smokey, dark brews that make up this iconic style of beer.

What I like to refer to as “chocolate milk for grown-ups”, the first stouts were produced in the 1730s. The term stout, meaning “strong”, became common in London during the 18th century to describe strong porters, typically with an abv of 7 or 8%. Today, stouts are often considered a style in their own right, separate from porters, and divided into several variations.

More About International Stout Day…

It’s International Beer Day!

International Beer Day is August 5th

August 5th is International Beer Day, a day celebrated by thousands of people all around the world, all rejoicing in the deliciousness that is BEER.  The day was founded in 2007 by a group of friends, Jesse Avshalomov, Evan Hamilton, Aaron Araki, and Richard Hernandez as a celebration of beer and the people who make and serve it.  They call it a “global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and back yards all over the world — It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders, and rejoice in the greatness of beer!”

The idea is simple:

  1. To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.
  2. To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.
  3. To bring the world together under the united banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day. More About International Beer Day…