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Roc Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Roc Brewing CompanyRoc Brewing Company
Based on:
25 Beers
77 Hads
Place Score: -
Reviews: 3
Visits: 13
Avg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

56 S Union St
Rochester, New York, 14607
United States
phone: (585) 794-9798 | map

Place added by: John on 06-20-2011

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Reviews: 3 | Visits: 13
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Roc Brewing Company is about a 10 minute walk from my apartment, so I've been a few times. A lot of good things about them, lots of potential, but a few problems.

They make pretty decent beer. Their flagship (I think it's their flagship) is a Dark Mild, which is a perfect session beer. Their other everyday offerings, the Golden Pale and the Irish Red, are serviceable but a bit bland/watery/. Their one-offs have been pretty good- I had a couple pints of the Wet Smash harvest ale, which I loved. The Cadejo Negro (a coffee pale ale) was inventive, and very tasty. Lil SIPA was a great session IPA. I have heard that a few of their one offs have been atrocious, though. They will get truly good once they lock in their consistency.

They've got a small, but nice space. About 10 seats at a small bar, with a few tables. They will eventually need more space. They offer one food item per day, usually some sort of pretzel thing, which is good. A full menu would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath. The prices are generally pretty good. I've never gotten a growler fill here, but they do fill both 32 and 64 oz'ers. The prices for pours, growler or pint, are average.

Overall, a good place to stop and relax. The brewers and employees are nice and always up to talk.

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Photo of andrewjeller
2.38/5  rDev -40.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5

Roc Brewing Company

As a craft beer drinker living in Rochester, NY my initial thoughts upon hearing of Roc Brewing Company was excitement and jubilation for both myself and the beer community in the Greater Rochester area. Unfortunately, after having an opportunity to drink a variety of their offerings, disappointment was the only feeling I was left with. The ambiance of the brewery was excellent and the owners/brewers were well averse in the beer culture, but the beer they make can be summed up in one word, bland. The key type of beer the tend to focus on is a "drinkable" beer or the beer's "drinkability" and they do not do anything to elevate these beers beyond their style (or even match the style the beer is supposed to be). I can only hope that they work on the overall balance of their beer offerings and provide some sort of elevation to the styles they offer (differentiate themselves more).

If you enjoy craft beer and live in the Greater Rochester area Roc Brewing Company is a must visit (not worth going out of your way for if you are not local). Try their offerings for yourself and formulate your own opinion. I foresee good things to come for this local Brewery based on both its location and the passion of its owners/brewers.


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Photo of dick783
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

If you haven't been to Roc Brewing yet then you're missing out on a great local spot here in Rochester. The space itself is fantastic, which a giant window for a front wall, rotating artwork on the walls, and a nice wooden bar.

All of the beers I've had have been somewhere between good and great. The IPA is top notch, and the Dark Mild is to me the best beer brewed in New York state. They brew a pretty wide variety and and usually 5-6 beers of theirs are on tap each night, giving you lots of options.

They do have some food, typically one offering a night, but they aren't really trying to be a restaurant. There are also no TVs (not a bad thing for me but you may disagree) and no dart board, which would be nice. But they have live music on occasion and frankly I'm just here for the beer anyway.

All in all it should be a regular trip for locals and a place worth seeking out for visitors to the area.

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Roc Brewing Company in Rochester, NY
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.