RocCity Brewfest Review Part 1

by Daniel on February 19, 2012

RocCity Brewfest

Inside the Main Street Armory, Rochester NY

The RocCity Brewfest ran for the second time in Rochester, NY yesterday, with two sessions: 1-4pm & 6-9pm.  I worked extra-hard for you to review as many beers as I could while there, and wound up with 35 tastings in total–it’s hard work, but somebody’s got to do it!  Overall, the brewfest in itself was somewhat disappointing.  Let me quickly note that the beers were pretty good–it wasn’t that.  There were two main reasons for my being disappointed:

  1. The beer was almost entirely served by volunteers that, to no fault of their own, knew very little about the beers they were serving (though very friendly).  Of the 28 or so breweries represented at the event, Sierra Nevada was the only one to have a representative to talk about their beer.  I got to speak with the rep from Sierra Nevada who was more than happy to talk not only about the beers they served there, but also some exciting beers that will be released later this year.  It would have been nice to see a few more breweries with someone representing their beer who’s brain we could all pick.
  2. There were definitely some local players obviously missing from the festival.  I understand that there are political reasons for this, so instead of finding them at the festival I will seek them out at their locations:  Rohrbach Brewing Co. & Roc Brewing Co. from Rochester, and Naked Dove Brewing Co. from Canandaigua.

That being said: the beer and the people were enjoyable, the Mardi Gras theme a little silly, and overall I can’t say I didn’t have a good time.  However, it seemed that this festival was more tailored to people wanting to drink lots of beer, rather than really appreciating the many different kinds available to them, particularly locally.

To see my reviews of the beers, go here.


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