Archive for June, 2009

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Proposed Increase of Federal Excise Tax a Serious Threat to Small Brewers and Your Beer Choice – Contact Your Senators Now. Small brewers are facing an imminent and extremely serious threat to their businesses. The consequences of remaining silent have the very real potential of reducing your choice of beer and dramatically increasing the price of any beer that you purchase.

The Senate Finance Committee in Washington, DC is currently considering a proposal to increase and equalize the excise tax for alcohol beverages as part of healthcare reform deliberations. This proposal would triple the excise tax for 4.5% ABV beer and impose even higher excise tax rates for higher ABV beers.

We need you to speak out now. Today or tomorrow at the latest.
More info at the link below including a link to contact your senator.


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Summer is almost upon us and as we all know Rochester explodes with fun things to do. I think the beer scene is definitely getting better around here with numerous tastings, beer dinners, tours and fests now happening monthly if not weekly, if only I could get out to more of them! Speaking of that Victory Brewing Co. Beer Festival at Monty’s Krown is this Saturday the 6th and it sounds like a great time, they will be featuring an array of draught and cask Victory beers. Time: 4 p.m. – close. There is no admission fee* for early entry. Pay as you go – Pints will be $2.50 (what a deal.) There will be live music starting at 10pm from BML, Grime Time and Electric Noodle. *There will cover charge of $3 for those hanging out/coming later for the music.

There will also be Rochester Beer Advocate Pub Crawl, Saturday – July 18, 2009 at 4pm it ends at 11pm the Pub Crawl will hit the  Beer Bars In East End and on Monroe Avenue.


I was sorry to hear the Hartmanns Old World Sausage is leaving Rochester for Canandaigua, OK to be honest I was pissed they were leaving Rochester behind for Canandiagua until I heard that they indeed planned on keeping the their original location on N. Clinton Ave.open until they were broken into!- Then they decided to close it. Thank god we still have Swan Market to get our German food and sausage fix. I was fortunate to enjoy one of the last glasses of Rohrbach Alt a few weeks during my lunch at Swan Market brewed by the talented Bruce Lish, unfortunately there will no more of Alt or any other of Bruce’s Rohrbach brews since he is no longer working for Rohrbach, I hope he pops up somewhere else in town because I know I’m not the only one that will be missing his brews. Bruce, if you need a drinking buddy or someone to sample some of you homebrew let me know and I’ll send you my references?


I cannot thank Salvatore Fantauzzo and his partners in business enough for purchasing the historic Donuts Delite building in Rochester on Culver Road at Empire Blvd. & Clifford Ave. As big fans of mid-century architecture my wife and me have been fearful of this Rochester landmark being knocked down or turned into a Walgreens ever since it closed in 2005. It makes me very happy to hear that this awesome building will be restored and turned into Salvatore’s Pizzerias flagship location. They plan on opening by July 4th, 2009 and is inviting past owners and staff to the historic re-opening. They plan on now offering breakfast and donut’s of course along with Salvatore’s usual menu. I also heard rumor of getting some of the original owners familly donut recipes. Sound like a great plan!

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