Last week Cathy and I had a great time at the Jazz Fest. Thousands of people braved the heat while waiting for upcoming shows however we decided to pass the time somewhere quiet, and more importantly, with air conditioning. We ended up heading over to the Roc Brewing Co. Opening a little over a year ago Roc Brewing Co. is one of Rochester’s newest microbreweries. The jazz fest was definitely cutting into business but the smaller crowd made for a very relaxing atmosphere and we were treated to some conversation with the co-founder/co-owner Chris. We even heard the story of the Roc Brewing Co’s humble beginnings from the co-founder himself.
But what about the beer you ask? The brews on tap were the Golden Pale Ale, Cullinan’s Revival (Irish Red Ale), Dark Mild, Belgian Blonde, and Don’t Fear The RIPA (Rye IPA). Across two visits I tried all but the Rye IPA and enjoyed them all. My favorites were the Dark Mild, Cullinan’s Revival, Belgian Blonde. The Dark Mild has a delicious chocolatey coffee flavor finishing with nutty undertones. At only 4% alcohol it’s a great choice when you’re in the mood for a few beers but can do without the drunken side effects. Cullinan’s Revival features the deep amber hue expected from an Irish Red but starts hoppier than I’ve come to expect. Complemented by a sweet malty finish it’s quite pleasant to drink. The Belgian Blonde features the signature banana/citrus flavoring of the genre and finishes fairly clean. Quite tasty. Just be careful if you stick to the Belgian Blonde — at 7.6% alcohol content it packs a punch!
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend I’d definitely recommend stopping by for a drink or two. After the fiasco with Genesee Brewery and 13 Cataract Street’s demolition I’m glad I have a Rochester, NY brewery I can be proud of again. One with great beer to boot! The only caveat is Roc Breweing Co. does not yet have a bottling/canning line. They do however sell growlers on-site ;-)