Thirsty pub-goers all over Western New York can agree - local, craft beer is the best. 

Craft beer, aka beer produced by a smaller, independent brewery, is one of Western New York’s best exports. When you sip on a cold, local craft beer, you’re not just impressing your palate with unique flavor combinations that came from the mind of a local brewer. Some nutritionists even say that craft beer can even be healthier for you than a traditional, domestic one!

The best reason for ordering a local craft beer at happy hour, though, is the boost you’re giving to Western New York’s economy. By buying local, you’re putting money directly into the pocket of those who made it.

Buffalo is a booming town for craft beer, but you can also find some special brews you’ve never tried before right down the 90 in Rochester, New York. If you’re a fan of local beer looking for something new (and maybe some good food, too!), try one of these great breweries and brewpubs about an hour away from Buffalo.

 

12 Breweries and Brewpubs In Rochester, New York

Swiftwater Brewing

378 Mount Hope Ave Rochester, NY

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Try:  Ukrainian Imperial Stout

Three Heads Brewing

186 Atlantic Ave Rochester, NY

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Try: The Kind IPA 

 

Roc Brewing Co.

56 S Union St Rochester, NY

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Try: Sassypants Saison

 

Strangebird

62 Marshall St Rochester, NY

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Try: Bird Light Yuzu

 

Genesee Brewhouse

25 Cataract St Rochester NY

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Try: Ruby Red Kolsh 

 

Sager Beer Works

46 Sager Dr Rochester, NY

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Try: Paulo’s Limoncello

 

Iron Tug Brewing

371 Park Ave Rochester, NY

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Try: Shore Leave Cherry Cobbler Sour

 

Irondequoit Beer Company

765 Titus Ave Rochester, NY

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Try: Vanilla Cream Ale

 

Heroes Brewing Company

543 Atlantic Ave Ste 1 Rochester, NY

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Try: Storybook Stout

 

Rohrbach Beer Hall & Brewery

97 Railroad St Rochester, NY

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Try: Scotch Ale

 

Nine Maidens Brewing Company

1344 University Ave Rochester, NY

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Try: Pinot Grigio Tripel

 

K2 Brothers Brewing

1221 Empire Blvd Rochester, NY

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Try: Blood Orange Wit

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