Blog Post Type: Summary of a City
First came wine lovers, and now there are lovers of beer. Rochester has plenty to keep beer fans happy, including an entire week dedicated to great beer. Usually known for the region’s wines, Rochester is developing a reputation for brewers and their craft. Brewed from hops, barley malt or wheat, Rochester craft brews will give you plenty to explore and enjoy.
Real Beer Week and Expo
The Rochester Real Beer Week in June around Father’s Day features an amazing series of craft beer events for every palate. There are beer launches, happy hours, tastings, pairings, pig roasts, clam bakes, concerts, games, tap takeovers, Father’s Day specials, and a burlesque show.
The anchor event of the week is the “Rochester Beer Expo,” an annual craft beer tasting event. Local business owners from the South Wedge neighborhood joined forces to bring you a street party with over 80 different craft beers. Along with craft beers you can find ciders, locally made cheeses, and local eats such as Cajun BBQ, fresh pizza, poutine, German and Italian sausage, wraps and sandwiches.
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Stay On the Cheap to Stay the Whole Week
Because you will want to stay in Rochester for the entire week, you will want to find cheap hotels or vacation rentals. Here are a few options to get you started.
Stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, where you’ll be near the airport and the University of Rochester. Enjoy the complimentary, hot “Be Our Guest Breakfast” buffet each morning and an evening hospitality reception on Tuesdays and Thursdays with complimentary cocktails and snacks.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Rochester South sits in the business district and is convenient to Sports Centre at MCC and the university. The hotel does not have the evening receptions like the Country Inn & Suites, but it has a complimentary continental breakfast.
If you really want to stretch your cash, this Airbnb listing could be what you are looking for in the “South Wedge” of Rochester. The description states that it is clean, spacious, and quiet in an amazing neighborhood. According to the photos, it looks like a small one-bedroom bungalow. At $45 a night, it doesn’t get much cheaper.
Explore the South Wedge
Even though there will be plenty to do at Real Beer week, you may want to spend some time exploring The South Wedge area. Rich with history, the area is home to two National Historic districts, with two local Preservation districts within the boundaries of the neighborhood. Keep yourself sober with a historic walking tour of the area, or explore many long-established specialty businesses. Some of those businesses are Cheesy Eddie’s, Premier Pastry, Lux Lounge, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, Boulder Coffee, Thread, Open Face Sandwich Eatery, Mise En Place Market, Solera Wine Bar, and several others.
Rochester is one of the most creative cities in the nation. Be ready for delectable surprises when it comes to the food and drink at Real Beer Week. Get planning so you can get packing.
Jamie Lynn Morgan is a blogger from Northern Idaho with an interest in tourism, dining, beverage, and bicycling. She now contributes to Hipmunk’s new Hipmunk City Love Project.