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Hogan’s Hideaway is hosting the first annual Three Heads Brewing Music Festival during the Park Ave. Fest on August 6th and 7th. There will be five beers on tap, two from TJ Sheehans and all three of Three Heads IPA’s. This is a free event and I can’t think of better way enjoy one of Rochester’s best Summer Festivals. There will be a tent for some relief from the sun and bathroom facilities. You can also check out Hogan’s Hideways new remodeled bar. Hogan’s Hideway is located at 197 Park Avenue near Goodman Street. Check out the great lineup of bands scheduled for both days!


12:00pm – 1:00pm
http://www.reverbnation.co m/441theband

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday in America
http://www.reverbnation.co m/fridayinamerica

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Extended Family
http://ex-fam.com/default. aspx

5:00 – 7:00
Moho Collective
http://themohocollective.c om/


12:00pm – 2:00pm
The Filthy McNastys
http://thefilthymcnastys.c om/

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Audio Influx

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Roots Collider
http://RootsColliderMusic. com/


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poster by Daron McKee

Check out the 3rd Annual 12 Horse Chapter – Spring Brewery Collectible Show coming up on Saturday April 30th. Need a new beer item to decorate your home bar?- or just come to browse all the neat stuff and talk about collecting. Admission is free. There will be a plethora of brewery collectibles to check out and there’s always a bargain to be found. A fun time for a new or seasoned collector. Hope to see you there!

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OK so I had a little fun with the logos.


Victory Brewing Company is taking over every tap at the Tap & Mallet, there will also be guest speakers from the brewery throughout the day along with Victory Beer specials til 6pm. To top it off the Tap & Mallet will also be roasting a whole pig to serve at dinner. It’s sure to be a Victory beer lovers dream! Being a big fan of Victory myself it will be a great opportunity try some of their less common beers. It takes place on November 6th starting at 11:30 am. For more info see the Tap and Mallet’s website. Highlights include: Uncle Teddy’s Bitter (On Cask), Saison du Buff (Dogfish/Stone collaboration), Summer Love , Abbey 5, Pursuit Pale Ale series  and Braumeister Pils.

Here’s a preview list I was sent from Victory.*

1. ½ Hop Devil
2. ½ Golden Monkey
3. ½ Prima Pilsner
4. ½ Victory Lager
5. ½ Storm King
6. ½ Whirlwind Wit
7. ½ Festbier
8. ½ Hop Wallop
9. ½ Old Horizontal
10. ½ Mad King Weiss
11. ½ Donnybrook stout *NITRO
12. ½ Helios
13. V-12
14. Baltic thunder
15. Scarlett Sunset
16. Harvest Pils
17. Harvest Ale
18. Moonglow
19. Wild Devil
20. Zeltbier
21. Yakima Glory
22. Pursuit Simcoe/Citra
23. Vista Farms Harvest Ale
24. Irish Pub Lager
25. Summer Love Ale
26. Scarlett Fire
27. Gassy Jack Bitter
1. Pursuit Citra/Simco Firkin
*(actual beer list may be subject to change)

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Foliage just starting to turn, apples being picked, grape pies being baked by the hundreds in mom and pop kitchens to be sold roadside, these are just a few of the offerings you’ll find on a beautiful drive about an hour south from Rochester to the Naples, NY and it’s annual Grape Festival. The family packed into the Subaru and we headed down to Naples for the highly anticipated Grape Fest, fantasizing along the way about what it would be like to give up suburban life for life in the country, nestled into beautiful tree and vineyard covered hills of the Finger Lakes region. I don’t get to explore the Finger Lakes nearly enough as I’d like to, so the Grape Fest is always a great excuse to take in some fresh air and a nice country drive. We saw deer and a few wild turkeys on our journey along with some red tailed hawks swooping overhead. You know you’re getting close once you see the roadside yard sale style stands offering homemade grape pies and sometimes even cookies and tarts along some other varieties including loganberry and the occasional apple pie. Once we got to the festival I didn’t see nearly as much grape stuff as I expected but more of a diverse sample of local products and wares. We did see Arbor Hill Winery’s many varieties of wine jellies, Naples brand and Nunda brand mustard (one my favs) along with many craft and artist booths selling there wares. We also enjoyed watching my 2 year get down to the reggae-ified jam tunes of the always excellent Buddahood band. There was also a wine tent beside the music tent which I didn’t remember from previous festivals. This festival is a great way to welcome fall and enjoy all the wonderful things fall offers in the Upstate. Our last stop of the trip before heading back to Rochester was the highly recommended Joseph’s Wayside Market at south end of Main Street. There you’ll find a wonderful bounty of local flowers, fruit, vegetables, local cheeses along with fresh baked goods and other miscellaneous items and gifts.

Joseph's Wayside Market

Joseph's Wayside Market

The dutch apple pie we picked up from Joseph’s to go along with our grape pie from the festival was still warm and both pies were some of the best we’ve had. My personal favorite is Joseph’s Extra Sharp NY Cheddar a standout as compared to what you’ll usually bring home from the grocery store. (What I consider to be an authentic New York extra sharp cheddar.) In addition we also brought home some mums, a bushel of honey crisp apples along with a jug of cider. So don’t let the changing of the seasons deter you from getting out and exploring or you’ll be missing out on some of the best things Upstate NY has to offer.

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NYbrewtrlThere is top notch article on Craft Breweries in NY/ Empire State Beer trail over at the Syracuse New Times. A must for any NY craft brewing enthusiast.
Check it out here.
There is also a link to the official State beer trail site at the end of this post.

I’m also looking forward to upcoming Middle Ages Brewing Co. Beer Social at the Tap & Mallet on Wednesday Aug. 26th. Shame on you if you haven’t hit one of these beer socials yet at the Tap & Mallet, I would strongly recommend attending but buy your tickets early because they always sell out. They are a lot of fun and the beer social format is fun and relaxed way to enjoy and learn about a specific breweries brews.

I’ve also heard that  Goose Island‘s beers hailing from Chicago Il. are now being distributed in the Rochester area, not sure where exactly other than hearing the Tap & Mallet has one or two on tap (if the kegs aren’t kicked yet). I’m looking forward to giving them a try. I also finally got my hands on Genesee Cream Ale and regular Genesee tall boy cans or “Pounders” as we call them in south central PA. I walked into work Monday and they were sitting on my desk courtesy of a co-worker. It’s funny how certain beer evoke memories of the last time you’ve enjoyed them even if it’s been a decade or more. The tallboy cans for instance reminded me of the days stumbling along the alleys and streets of Oakland-Pittsburgh, Pa when I was in college sipping on of all things Blatz Pounders. I haven’t had or seen a “Blatz” since then. The Genesee tall boys are available at Aman’s Farm Market in Irondequoit at 2458 East Ridge Road and from what I’ve heard they have a good beer selection over there… So check them out if your in the neighborhood.

More information and maps on the Empire State Beer Trail can be found here.

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What else can say but that I am thoroughly impressed and excited about what North American Breweries is doing with the Genesee Brewing Co. In particular restoring the sign on the roof of brewery is a great symbolic move of breathing new life and pride into the brewery. The sign will be officially turned on at an event on Friday, July 17 at 9:30 p.m. at the Pont de Rennes Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls. More info here.

I also here that there’s a new Genny Light radio commercial that is hitting the airwaves, a 30 second spot running in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Columbus, Cleveland, Erie, and Pittsburgh. Now if they could just bring back Jenny! (and NOT a new modern Jenny)

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Check out the Chinchillas CD release party
Thursday July 9th at 8:30pm
at Abilene Bar & Lounge located at
153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY
Cost: FREE

For all of you unfamiliar with the Chinchillas sound its somewhat hard to pin down it runs the gamut from 80’s mod-punk to bluesy rock along with americana rock-n-twang that you can really get down and boogie too. The overall ingredient is definitely fun! There songs cover various subjects from Taco Bell to the great anthem “Genesee Beer”. Check out their tunes for yourself on their myspace page. Perhaps they sum up their sound the best themselves, sounds like: “The thud you hear when the animal in the road disappears from your view.”

I also can’t go without mentioning the great selection of bottled beer over at Abilene! So hunker on down there, grab a Pork Slap and enjoy the Chinchillas on the deck.

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