Genesee Brew House

Genesee Brew HouseGenesee Brew House

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

25 Cataract St
Rochester, New York, 14605
United States

(585) 263-9200 | map

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Added by John on 09-06-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 24
Photo of BillRoth
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Wow. What a pleasant surprise. Re purposed building turned into very cool multi reason to stop place. GBH is a first rate beer pub. Dining with plenty of tables and a great long bar on second floor.Great eclectic menu from beer snack food to substantial appetizers, Great sandwiches to entrée plated food. Second floor balcony adds the outdoors touch and nice switch with small tables and fun. First floor Tap room/tasting room has tasters, pints, growlers and crowlers. Also plenty of good conversation. Also on first floor is an excellent history of Rochester beer/museum like area with lots of nostalgia items; interactive displays; tons of photos; some dating back to 19th century, and a fully loaded gift shop. Crowd was a great mix of hipsters, beer geeks, young and old; singles and families. Beers ranged from Genesee standards to plenty of craft styles and one offs. Definitely worth a stop if in Rochester.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Gone here a few times for tastings at the pilot brewery and pints in the restaurant. You can do a flight of tastings of Brew House exclusives/Dundee beers/the core Genesee lineup. Genny Cream tastes a lot better at the source. The restaurant upstairs is nice- the food is serviceable, not great, but the beer is fresh and tasty. There's a bit of a Rochester beer museum downstairs too. Definitely worth a trip if you're in High Falls or Rochester in general.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Growing up in Rochester, NY I became a big fan of the Genesee Brewing Company. While I moved away to be in the service, I was still quite saddened as they worked through some rough times. I never thought the day would come that I would visit the place and be served high quality microbrew.

The Genesee Brew House has three main areas, a museum/gift shop, a restaurant and the pilot brewery/tasting area. Although I wasn't able to sample the restaurant, the place was quite busy and the menu looked good. There are a large number of displays in the museum/gift shop area about the history of the Genesee Brewery - I would allow about 15-20 minutes to check the place out. Naturally the gift shop is well stocked with Genesee themed merchandise as well as beers. You can take a short (15-20 minute) tour of the pilot brewery. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the entire brewing process. The tasting area overlooks the pilot brewery and makes for a decent atmosphere. My wife and I shared a four beer flight ($2.00) and took a growler of English Ale to go. In addition to Genesee and Dundee beers, they also had "Brew House" Blonde, Oatmeal Stout and Pilsner on tap (which we sampled in the flight alone with the Dundee English style ale).

Overall I would highly recommend any beer lover who is in the area to stop by. There is a huge parking lot and it is easy to find.

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Photo of 1BadblueSS
4.13/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Went to the Genny brew house and loved it. The beer is so fresh since the brewery is right next door. The Pilot brewery is really cool too. They experiment with different styles of beer and come up with some really nice brew. The food is really good too. The Genesee beer museum is really neat too. They just opened a new party patio. If you from out of town and like a nice spot to go to for a few beers this is the place for you.

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Photo of Dogzbone
4.05/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Both the food and beer are good but not spectacular. Friendly wait staff. No waiting for a table the day I went. The museum on the history of beer and Genesee in Rochester was pretty cool. Pricing on the merchandise in the museum is better than the pricing on beer and food. It was a pretty enjoyable experience and I'll be back.

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Photo of decaff
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ordered the Ruben came w/ homemade potato chips , the meal was excellent. Had ordered deep fried pretzel appetizer that came w/ spicy grain mustard and a side of creamy melty cheese. Four pretzels was enough for the table to share. Tried the sausage platter, came with three different zweigles sausages, enough for take home leftovers. Side order of Mac salad was actually a bowl and quite tasty.
Overall my review is two thumbs up. I suggest ordering a flight which by the way are eight ounce pours, and be sure to stay for a meal.

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Photo of RyanTeeter
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

This establishment has it all; museum, microbrewery, tasting room, huge bar area with knowledgeable staff, restaurant with top quality food, retail section, soon to be stage/outdoor concert venue, walking distance to baseball stadium, and most importantly - A VIEW.

Definitely a neat place to try out and become a regular at - staff do a great job at getting to know their customers.

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Photo of ejh06752
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Genesee Brew House is a total package. You walk into this place and you immediately are in a well-done historical exhibit highlighting Rochester brewing and the history of the Genesee brewing company.There is a nice gift shop that offers build your own 6-packs of Dundee craft brews and sweet posters/t-shirts. There is a pilot brewery that offers some great beers and $2 flights of 4 tastings. A great value. $8-$10 growler fills is perfect. The upstairs is more of a restaurant with a nice beer bar, tables, and open kitchen. $3 pints of cream ale and a great veranda view of high falls really makes the experience complete. Food is satisfactory but not the focus. Its all about Rochester beer. Be sure to check this out if you are in the area, you will not be disappointed.

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Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY
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