Genesee Brew House, Rochester
Categories: Breweries, Food & Drink
Once a century-old packaging center, the Genesee Brew House has transformed the 9,200 square-foot space into a beer destination, featuring interactive exhibits, multimedia content, gift shop, pilot brewery and pub-style restaurantFor Genesee Brew House and beyond, use our Rochester holiday planner to get the most from your Rochester vacation.
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View of the falls is nice and access to the walkway is nice. Nice menu and good food for a good price and free parking. Did the tasting room which was only $3 for four large samples but the beers were... read more »
Went with a friend for lunch and it was a nice place to visit. It was interesting looking back through the years in the museum and remembering actually owning some of the trays. It was very crowded bu... read more »
Out of towner, was looking for a place to sample some upstate beers. They were solid, but I was more impressed with the food. Fried pickles were spears which I prefer. Pub sprouts were mustard-mayo Br... read more »
As a Rochester native, this has become one of my trademark places to take people coming in from out of town. Great view, atmosphere, and history while still serving up great food at great prices. Pretzels and buffalo chicken Pierogis are delicious, burgers never disappoint, even the veggie ones. Can be busy at times of course, but service has never disappointed in the many times I've been there.
Lunch with at the Genesee Brew House was my second visit. Three of us enjoyed ourselves. The History of Rochester Beer display on the ground floor is an interesting walk through. The first floor tasting bar is a bargain It is located in the back by the brew and fermentation area of the brew house. Upstairs on the second floor is the comfortable pub /dining area. Also, there is an outdoor patio area, as well as an outdoor deck on the 2nd floor and rooftop. It was Ginny's first visit. The burgers and wings were delicious. Ginny enjoyed a tasty lager. I had one standout in my "flight" -the Orange Honey Cream Ale. However, there was a bit of a downer in their lack of accepting "Discover" credit card for payment. That particular weak point will limit my future patronage. Finally, I was a bit disappointed with the IPA's, -plenty of IBU's but not enough hop aroma, and too much residual sweetness. The Genesee Brewmeister could benefit from a consultation with 3 brew heads down the road who are achieving their perfection of an IPA style beer.
Hopefully this will stay a landmark worthy of forever. Great beer, great food and an extraordinary history. Check out the tasting room, museum and gift shop on the first floor or have a wonderful lunch upstairs with a beautiful view of the High Falls. Definitely worth the time to check it out.
The ambiance is great, large gift shop supporting the oldest brewery in NY. Located with a great view of High falls and 3 outdoor patio sections to choose from. They had a live band that was very talented, mixed covers. Quite a few beers on tap which were tasty. However, the food was pretty much your typical bar food, yet with flair. We ordered chicken wing, comparable to Anchor bar or any other, average. I got the fish tacos which were cod, it came good sized pieces, plump and juicy, descent flavoring, and not over cooked. It was served in white flour tortillas filled with cole slaw which was very messy, I opted for the sauce to compliment the dish on the side, and the avocado was clearly previously frozen. They were accompanied by plain white rice and black beans, rather tasteless, and lacking flavor. We ordered macaroni and cheese to split which was a medium sized (unable to half) portion with a large price of $12. It was listed as having gruyère cheese, so would be worth that if was as advertised. The pasta was bland, the cheese was processed, shiny, and smooth, the flavor overall was very unremarkable for the cost. This isn't a hard dish to mess up and yet the quality was lacking and left us very disappointed..
Excellent bar food, great fun atmosphere with views overlooking the falls and a first floor working brewpub and museum. Must visit when in Rochester.
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