Rochester Real Beer Expo 2014

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The anchor event of the Rochester Real Beer Week is the “Rochester Beer Expo”, Rochester’s premier annual craft beer tasting event.

Local business owners from the award-winning South Wedge neighborhood have joined forces through the Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) to bring you a street party with over 80 of the most exciting craft beers currently available.  The event will be held on tree-lined Gregory Street in the South Wedge, from Whalin Street to Bond Street. Along with a world-class collection of craft beers we will be serving up ciders, locally made cheeses, and locavore eats including Cajun BBQ, fresh pizza, poutine, German & Italian sausage, wraps and sandwiches, hand rolled cigars, and more. All against the backdrop of live local musicians. Plus a few new surprise twists that will be sure to delight and amaze you.

We love our neighborhood and we love good beer. We will bring to you a beer festival that captures what is exciting in the ever-changing craft beer community. Too often we have found ourselves at beer festivals that simply offer all the same beers commonly available at any event. We aim to shake things up and present you with the type of beer event that we would like to attend. When you go to a tasting event you should hope and expect to have your eyes opened to new experiences. We can certainly promise you that. Our neighborhood thrives on its creativity and diversity and we will bring you an experience that reflects that.

Beers that will be available for tasting at the 2014 Rochester Real Beer Expo:

Harpoon - Maple Tap / Citra Victoria / Big Squeeze

Sam Adams - Latitude 48 / East Kent Golding / Hallertau / Zeus / Mosaic / Simcoe / 1 BTL UTOPIA VIP

Saranac - Clouded Dream / Single Malt /

Lake Placid - Leaping Cow

Captain Lawrence - Pilot Stout / Belgian Ale

Sierra Nevada - Knitro Stout / Nooner IPA CASK

Ithaca - Oaked White Gold / Luminous / Cruiser

Firestone Walker - Velvet Merkin / Sucaba / 17th Anniversary / Agrestic

Bruery - 6 Geese / Trade Wind Triple

Ballast Point - Piper Down / Thai Wahoo Wheat

Empire - Deep Purple / Kubal

North Coast - Old Rasputin CASE / Le Merle / Pranqster

Bells - Bourbon Barrel Kalamazoo / Roundhouse / Lager of the Lakes

Peak Organic - Weiss Principal / Ginger Saison / Cirus Saison

Allagash - White / Saison

Dogfish Head 120 Minute / World Wide Stout / Immortal / Festina Peche

Anderson Valley - Horse Tongue / Holy Gose / Boont Barl / Mowkeef Saison

Sly Fox - Grisette / Black Raspberry Reserve

Middle Ages - Late Knight IPA / Jester

Left Hand - Smoke Jumper / Widdershins / St. Vrain

Smuttynose - Noonan / Imperial Stout / Barley Wine / Hugs and Rainbows

Lagunitas - Night Time / Hop Stoopid

Maine - Peeper / Weez / Lunch / Mo

Blackbird Cider Works - Kentucky Blue Grass / Red Barn Farm Style

Ace Cider - Honey / Pear

Uinta - Birthday Suit Baba Black Lager

Victory - CBC Alt / Liberty Bell Ringer

Goose Island - Endless IPA / Bourbon County Stout / Sophie

1911 Spirits - Orginal / Blueberry

Southern Tier - 2X1 / Pumking

Founders - Barrel Aged Red Rye / Dirty Bastard / All Day

Brooklyn - Silver Anniversay Lager / Hammarby Syndrome

Ommegang - Cooperstown Ale / Fleur deHoublon

Long Trail - Berliner Weisse / Mostly Cloudy

Great Lakes - Steinbock / Wright Pils

21st Amendment - Hell or High Watermelon / Bitter American

ROC Brewing - Berliner / Dark Mild / Saison de'Ron

Rohrbachs - Citra Double IPA / South Wedge Summer Wheat

Naked Dove -Berliner Weisse / Dunkel / Flemish Red / Roy Boyds Double Pale

Three Heads - Rye Dye / Moho / Rye Dye CASK

CB Craft Brewers - Dry Hopped Monkey CASK / Brandel Weiss / Georgia Peach

Rogers - Belgian Brown / Boxer

Unity Kombucha - Ginger / Raspberry

Dark Horse - Crooked Tree / Smells Like a Safety Meeting

Grimm - BFF / With Love From Grimm

Jacks Abby - Hoponius / Leisure Time Lager

Global Beer - Petrus Aged Pale / Monks Café

Westbrook - IPA / One Claw

Beau's - Lug Tread / Tom Green Beer

Upstate Brewing - Common Sense / IPW

Fairport -Brown / Double IPA

Horseheads -IPA / Hot Jala Heim

B Nektar Meadery -Zombie Killer / Dudes Rug

Shiner -Black Lager / White

Hamburg -No Lux / Small Town

Great food and merch from these vendors:

  • Le Petite Poutine
  • Little Venice Pizza
  • Swan Market
  • The Beale
  • Santiago Cigar

Check out these great musicians at the 2014 Rochester Real Beer Expo:

  • Ruckus Jug Juice Stompers
  • Krypton 88
  • Natalie B and the Fabulous Swamp Brothers

Sleep it off at on of these great establishments. Special rates to Beer Expo available include shuttle service to and from the Expo:

Parking is available on South Avenue, South Clinton, and neighborhood streets throughout the neighborhood. Please be considerate and do not block driveways.


  • You will receive 20 tasting tickets for use at the beer & wine tents, but you may come back for 10 more tickets at no additional fee. Security will conduct a sobriety evaluation prior to giving out additional tickets.
  • General Admission gates open at 6:00. VIP/Early admission gates open at 5:00.
  • Admission is festival area is open to ages 21 and over only.
  • No pets are allowed in festival area.
  • No carry-in food or beverages are allowed in the festival.
  • Re-entry is allowed with a valid wristband.
  • Event ends promptly at 10:00 PM and guests must leave the festival site by 10:15.
  • Restrooms are located at each end of the festival.
  • Intoxicated or disruptive individuals will be removed from the festival and are not eligible for re-entry.
  • Event Tickets are non-refundable.
  • First Aid is available at the Vendor Tent in the Entry Gate area.
  • Designated Drivers will not receive a tasting glass and are not permitted to sample beers. Anyone with a Designated Driver wristband who is seen sampling beers will be removed from the festival.
  • Ticket upgrades: Designated Driver tickets may be upgraded to General Admission tickets at the entry gate, day of event.
  • Let us call you a ride: Volunteers at the Entry Tent will call you a cab at the end of the event. Proceed there when you are ready to leave and ask anyone there to call one for you.