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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!

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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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2012 Flour City Brewer’s Fest

What: 2012 Flour City Brewers Fest – Beer Festival & Tasting Event

When: September, 21, 2012 6-9pm (VIP ticket holders enjoy early admission at 5pm)

Where: Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester, NY, 14608 (map)

Buy Tickets at: http://fcbrewfest.com/tickets.php

FCbrewerfest logoA long-standing part of the Rochester, NY beer community, Rohrbach Brewing Company has been hosting the annual Flour City Brewers Fest since 1995. I spoke with brewery owner, John Urlaub, about the growth of the festival and in the local craft beer community. With more than 20 years in business, Rohrbach Brewing is an O.G.* in the Rochester beer scene. “The craft beer community has exploded in Rochester,” said Urlaub, “we’ve seen more growth in the past 2 years, than we did in the 18 years before that… The local community here really embraces and supports craft beer, and they love to talk about it!  It’s really cool.”

The first brewers fest was held at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY and hosted only a dozen or so breweries.  Since then, the festivities have been moved to Frontier Field in downtown Rochester, and the list of participating breweries has more than tripled in size. Urlaub adds, “Today, people are coming to the Brewers Fest hoping to find their new favorite… Back then, we were just trying to get people to try a flavorful beer!”

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