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Bountiful brewpubs

Crafts, drafts, and the meals made to complement them

If you’re anything like me, a pint of beer induces hunger pangs. Brewpubs offer the best of both worlds: local craft beers mixed with mouthwatering menu items. Find your hoppy place in one of these Western New York brewpubs.


Swiftwater Brewing, 378 Mt. Hope Ave., 530-3471, 

“The slate of beers changes every few weeks as new varieties and flavors are launched…The food menu changes almost daily, depending on what can be sourced locally. The founders of Swiftwater have their roots in farming, so bringing fresh, wholesome, and homemade food to the table is very important.” —Otto V

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Stoneyard American Craft Beer Hall & Grill,
1 S. Main St., Brockport, 637-3390, and 1517 Empire Blvd., Webster, 347-4450,

“A variety of amazing beers on tap (even [Dogfish Head’s] 120 Minute)… Anything we ordered was fantastic, but most notably was the poutine and Cuban!” —Joe B

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Hopshire Farm & Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd., Freeville, (607) 279-1243,

“Like a lot of farm breweries, it started out as a place to get a tasting or fill a growler of their beers. They started adding things like live music, cooking events, BBQ trucks, and a lot more. Pretty much any time you go out to Hopshire, there is something going on that gives you a reason to stay for a while.” —Andy G


Bee Hive Brew Pub, 20 Pleasant St., Canandaigua, 919-2471, 

“A very broad selection of available brews, a good number of brews for each variety/style of beer, averaging four to six brands for IPAs, porters, stouts, wheats, etc….the menu has several unique offerings that go beyond traditional bar food.” —Christopher B


Knucklehead Brewing,
426 Ridge Rd., Webster, 347-6236,

“It’s a neighborhood bar where the emphasis is on beer, pub food, and conversation. I am a big fan of their Day Da Day IPA….New soups every week, panini, and summer grilling of hamburgers are great complements to the beers.” —Mike R

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The Wildflower Cafe & The Crooked Rooster Brewpub, 223-301
N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen,
(607) 535-9797,

“I had lunch here with my wife and some friends after a long motorcycle ride around the lake. We all had a great meal and the beer selection is very good…most notably is the Summer Sky Hefeweizen, which has a peculiar banana taste to it. Worth a try for the adventuresome.” —Rudolph B

Photo Credit: Sari Marissa G


Rohrbach Buffalo Road Brewpub, 3859 Buffalo Rd., 594-9800,

“I usually drink the Scotch Ale….What I really like about Rohrbach’s is that they pair your food with your drinks. It’s a wonderful experience….As for the wings, they were crispy, and the sauce was on point!”
—Klein L

Photo Credit: Trisha G 


Breanna Banford, Yelp Rochester community director, compiled this brewpub list thanks to the varied recommendations of the local-loving community of Yelpers in Rochester.

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