Drink Here: Roc Brewing
On Rochester’s South Union Street, there’s a brand new brewery, a collaboration with Rohrbach’s Brewing Company and a pair of hobbiest friends-turned-business men Chris Spinelli and Jon Mervine, who were lounging around Chris’s mom’s house just shy of three years ago with a home-brewing kit.
Thank their studies in economics at RIT and the suds obsession that followed for Roc Brewing, where you can now try their brews by the bottle, draft or flight.
Next door to an architecture firm, the brewery/brewpub is somewhat hidden. Situated in what used to be the architect’s closet, the tasting room is now bright, minimal and modern. Malt bags hang from the ceiling, local art on the walls. The 100-year-old Douglas-fir bar was made locally by Pioneer Woodworks. But behind a garage door is where the magic happens: all of their ten-and-counting beers are created there. (You can make a reservation for a tour right here.)
One recent flight of four: Golden Pale Ale, Cullinan’s Revival (Irish red), Chicory Cherry Porter and IPA. The IPA is an especially easy-pairing brew that leads with citrus and florals, then hints of lavender and honey. The Chicory Cherry Porter, by contrast, is creamy and finishes deep and complexly, like coffee. Bonus: It’s made from locally grown sour cherries from Kirby Farms; the coffee, roasted by nearby Joe Bean Coffee Roasters.
Come December 14th, they’ll already have a new release to add to the roster: Sumatra IPA. And tonight at 5 p.m., the tasting room will turn into a Movember Flash Your ‘Stache Party with special bitter beer called GingaNinja, brewed with fresh ginger. For those who don’t know what Movember is, a little reading.
Roc Brewing Co. (56 S. Union St., Rochester)
Tasting room hours: Thur, Fri: 5-10:30 p.m.; Sat 3-10:30 p.m.