Flour City Brewing Co.
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Reviews by John:
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Flour City Brewing is located in the heavily traversed area just south of Rochester in the town of Brighton. FC is the newest brewpub/microbrewery on the local scene having opened in early June 2004. I must admit being a bit remiss in reviewing as Ive been busy enjoying FC instead.
The brewery is housed in a renovated restaurant/bar, formerly Jack Astors, a chain similar to TGI Fridays I guess. Thankfully gone with Jack Astors is the chain restaurant culture.
Upon entry, you are greeted by the open brewhouse just to the right. You and the bright copper clad tanks of the 10 barrel system are separated only by a ~ 4 ft. brick wall, pretty cool as it sort of invites one to wander along it staring curiously. Straight ahead of the entrance is the dining room. The area is neatly appointed with wooden tables and chairs and crisp looking table linens. There is additional dining space in another room toward the back and in the front atrium area that may perhaps be a little more private if thats what you're after. To the far left (and a somewhat awkward walk past some tables in the spread out dining area) is the bar. Once you make your way here, the long wooden L shaped, copper topped bar is comfortable and inviting. There are 2 small flat screen televisions above the bar and a huge, rather out of place, projection screen TV to the left. In my experience these have been kept at reasonable volumes, if audible at all. A generous number of tasty and fresh house brews are available, usually 8 or so, in addition to a guest draught and some very good guest bottles like Stone, Victory, Anchor and more. Greg Smith (some may remember from Empire Brewing in Roc) is the head brewer and does a fine job. The beers really seem to have evolved nicely after a short acclimation period. Growlers are filled to go and hopefully bottling will be up and running soon. Flour City also has several off-premise accounts so their brews are also available at select bars and restaurants around town. Have not had dinner entrees here yet. We always seem to prefer nibbling at a few apps while imbibing at the bar, leaves more room for beer! Service and quality are very good. Recommended.
Drink local beer! Now to motivate my lazy ass to review some of FC's fine brews. Need another visit soon with pen in hand.
11-29-2004 20:21:33 | More by John
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4.44/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Of the 2 brewpubs I hit in the city of Rochester, this one really stands out as the new local champion. The atmosphere is not killer, but it is nice. A big open room with a very long wooden bar, and again a mountain lodge sort of feel that is very common in North-Western New Yawk, so it seems. The quality of the beers sampled was very good. Of the 8 beers on tap, I got to sample four of them (a great stout, a nice porter, a wonderful IPA, and a truly wonderful double IPA) Huge points for having an IPA and a double IPA on tap at the same time! The service was excellent as well. We chatted beer with our hostess for quite a while and she told us about their chefs, their brewers, their beers, and how they are really trying to get their name out there. She seemed really interested in the idea of beeradvocate.com as well. She even gave us our beers on the house. That called for a big tip :-) Selection, as noted, was great with 8 house brews, and a few other local micros (and some macros WHY!?) in the bottle as well. A great brewpub in the greater Rochester area. Recommended.
02-07-2005 16:59:31 | More by francisweizen
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This relatively new restaurant/brewery is fairly standard looking for the strip mall variety. The place is capacious and fairly open though there are discreet partitions separating the bar area from the more formal dining area, which is spotted with round booths and clusters of small tables, all in full view of three or four large vats. The lighting is offset, adding to a fairly reserved atmosphere.
The service was quite good, and the selection worthy. In addition to their own products, there are maybe 20 bottled microbrewed ales (Southern Tier and Brooklyn most prominent), an equal number of imported and domestic macros, and a couple of guest taps. We started with the six-beer Flour City sampler, which offered a 4 oz glass of the various ales brewed on site, ranging from the stout to the blonde. Of course, the 44 Magnum (double IPA) was my first choice, but there were some good competitors.
We had mostly salads and thus cannot rate sufficiently the range of dinner offerings, but what we had was fine: well-presented and substantial.
The Four City offers another spot in pub-rich Rochester, and I had the good pleasure of running into a couple of fellow BAs that night..
11-28-2004 18:03:49 | More by longpondbeerman
4.9/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Cheers: Everything about Flour City is beyond exceptional. The food, the beer, the service, the decor, it all rocks. I drive from Buffalo twice a month to get my Flour City on. Atmosphere nets a 4.0 due to the lack of fellow drunken wierdos. I really hope that this factor improves. I know that it will.
Jeers: Bathroom is located to far away from the bar. Must walk past restaurant patrons and hostess without staggering. TV's behind bar are too small. Big screen needs to be a plasma instead of a projection. They need a beer board. Don't get a growler of the Stout. It will die.
I'm being picky, I know it.
11-10-2004 05:09:18 | More by wailingwench
4.14/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Had a meeting in Rochester on a Monday night and decided to make the trip "worth while" by picking up a growler. Ended up having a pint of Black Magic Stout and took a growler of 44 Magnum with me. The interior was fairly upscale mixed with that rustic converted warehouse look. Three dining areas all open to on another, one looked outside, another contained the bar, and the third had a two story class ceiling and held the brewing equipment. Speaking of which, they must brew before opening since the only thing seperating the brewing equipment from the dining room is a two foot brick wall, definitely adds a little charm. The bar top was copper, which was pretty cool. There were a few small flat panel tv's behind the bar and a projector off to the side playing monday night football. There were 8 of their own brews on tap plus two guests: one from Custom Brewcrafters and another from Rohrbach. Bumped up the selection score for the bonus taps. The usual suspects in bottles (Newcastle, Heneiken, Sam Adams) plus some nice micros like Stone and Sierra Nevada. I think they had liquor and I know they had a bit of wine. The place was pretty dead by the time I got there (10:00pm), just a few tables finishing dinner and a guy at the bar. The bar tender was friendly and quick. I didn't have enough time to quiz anyone so I don't know how knowledgeable they are, but the general feel I got was that they take the beer pretty seriously. I've only been here once for about 15 minutes so take my review for what it is. I haven't been to Bru so I can't recomend one over the other, but the beer I had was solid, the food looked good, and the place was pretty fancy.
11-10-2004 01:03:05 | More by HappyHourHero
3.88/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
A classy and beautiful 10 week old place. An interesting unoffensive location not too far from most shopping and even the interstate. Roomy though not enormous as Bru. Well lit. Not a huge staff to client ratio. Very many guest brews, some exceptional home and guests, and a mature attitude to beer drinking. Fellow BA's would feel most welcome here and would be remiss in not making the effort. Both conventional and some special dishes. Not too far from Brews of the World for a worthwhile double play hour or so into the city from the 90.
08-05-2004 03:23:28 | More by Sammy
4.74/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
In the old Jack Astor's on East Hennrietta Rd. is the newest addition to the Rochester brewing scene. Flour City Brewing Co. is here to stay.
Walking in you see a neat and orderly brewpub. Mash tuns and fermentors line the walls and are kept super clean and all around beautiful. The bar is lined with tons of white taps with all but 2 drafts their own. They also have a great bottle selection that includes Stone, Brooklyn, Anchor and others.
The staff is friendly and courtious. I was very happy that I could talk to the staff about their beers and the knew what the were talking about.
A classy place. I would recomend it to even the most discriminating beer geek.
06-26-2004 16:46:32 | More by CBFanWish
3.8/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Newest kid on the block as it were. Finally got a chance to check the place out on a brief trip back to Rochester.
The look is very similar to most modern brew pubs with the kinda plastic looking wood everywhere and real ultra clean look. All the copper kettles and steel fermentors were in plain view and not even behind any glass. Kitchen was way in the back but still in view. The place was very large, spacious, high ceilinged and bright. most of the place was seating for dinner while the bar occupied a space on the left.
Food and service were quite fine. Tasty fried spring rolls and the waitress was quite friendly.
To the beer. I had the British Attack IPA and the Hoppy Accident. Both were relatively good (hoppy accident was better), but there was some strange off flavor almost as if a belgian yeast was used. Very strange. Still they were tasty beers and served well especially with the Eastern flair in my meal. They also have a stout, porter, amber and 2 guest taps from other local brewpubs. They also had a very descent bottle selection with Anchor, Stone and Victory on the list.
All in all a good place to get a bite and a brew. If they straighten out their brews and perhaps try a few new things; a barley-wine would be great seeing as this is Rochester.
06-04-2004 21:31:26 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Flour City Brewing Co. in Rochester, NY
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.