5 Real Beer Week Events Not to Miss

Real Beer Week is Rochester’s ultimate week for craft beer. It’s the one week of the year truly dedicated to craft beer with events throughout the week for every type of beer drinker. We chose 5 events we’ll most definitely make time for this week.

In no particular order and not counting the must-attend Rochester Real Beer expo, here are a few events to watch out for:

Sunday 6/11 – Joe Bean Coffee Roasters is hosting a Beermosa/Empanada Brunch

Sunday 6/11 – Go Nutz for Donutz at the Playhouse // Swillburger

Tuesday 6/13 – AJ’s Beer Warehouse presents Extreme Beer Tasting

Tuesday 6/13 – Stoneyard Brewing will have a Tap it NY event at their Webster Beer Hall

Wednesday 6/14 – The Craft Beer Girl, TRATA and Beer Gals (that’s us!) will host a #Beertography event at TRATA. Come for tips on taking the best snapshot and taste some Troegs beers along the way.

Bonus: The Basin Pub will host a tasting event, featuring Bell’s Black Note stout. The flight will deconstruct Bell’s Black Note stout to really get those #flavaflaves. Comment here for other events we shouldn’t miss.

West Edge & Stoneyard Beer Dinner


20 gals gathered in the cozy candlelit atmosphere of West Edge Restaurant on a chilly February evening. We were all there to experience the elevation of flavors that occurs when beer and food get together.

The experience didn’t stop at the 4 course meal we enjoyed. There was the experience of hearing straight from the makers why the all of the flavors worked together and inspiration to bring these flavors home. Of course there was also the story of the brewers themselves and how they got to where they are now. And finally, there was the element of camaraderie and contentedness that comes from connecting with your fellow beer gal – elbow to elbow, smiling and laughing, comparing notes on beers you liked and didn’t. These are the gals to enjoy a pint with.

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We’re so stoked that the Rochester Beer Gals event, Ales & Oms, was highlighted in the D&C DO IT activities section. Thanks for including us!

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See you at the next one!

The Beer Gals Gift Guide


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Get that beer-loving friend the goods they need to elevate their enjoyment of beer. From trendy bottle openers to brew kits, the Beer Gals gift guide will inspire your inner beer geek. Enjoy.

1.Beer truffles? Yep, it’s a thing. These flavorful chocolates pack some impressive flavors that come from the well known beers they’re made with. Share them with friends or eat them all yourself. Start munching here.

2. This company is no joke and they’re saving the world from lukewarm beverages one insulated water bottle at a time. Their growler is no different and will keep your beer cold for up to 24 hours so no matter where you head you’ll be able to sip a cold one when you get there. Plus, you’ll feel good about your purchase with their 5% back program. Buy yours here.

3. BrewBracket is a beer tasting party in a box (that comes directly from their website, there’s really no better way to phrase it.) These blind tasting kits include the full set up for a tasting at home with friends. If all goes well you could end up finding your perfect pint. Taste here.

4. The number of NY breweries is growing by leaps and bounds. Track your progress with this beer cap map. It’s conspicuous presence on your wall also acts as a conversation starter. Get going here.

5. It’s toward the end of the night and you’re friends convince you to open that special beer you’ve been saving. Of course you can’t finish it and all of your waiting is for nothing…or is it? With this little gadget, your open beers will stay fresh for dayz. Save them here.

6. The Mighty Magnetic Bottle Opener will be your next party’s best friend. Watch your guest’s amazement as they open their beers and the mighty magnet catches each cap. As one reviewer said, “It does exactly what you’d expect it too.” I’m in, thanks for that solid review. Start opening here.

7. You love your beer and it’s time to take a crack at brewing up your own? Love2Brew has got you covered. They have a wide variety of options so if you’re feeling Belgian triple you’re all set and if you’re inner hop is calling, you’re covered with several IPA options as well. Get Brewing.

Babes & Beertaining | November 2015

We partnered up with Abode, a South Wedge home decor shop, and our Local Yelp gal, Breanna, to present some fresh holiday entertaining ideas…with beer, obviously. It was a huge success! We had such fun talking about beers to pair with holiday food, chatting and meeting new ladies, tasting some beer and snacking on some light fare. Here are some excellent photos by Lauren Mclaughlin that nicely recap the event. Thanks to everyone who attended!




















Cheers. See you next time!

April Meeting | Beer x Cheese

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Last week we gathered at the Rochester Brainery to talk about the incredible food marriage of beer and cheese. We partnered with The Little Bleu Cheese shop and brought to the table some excellent flavors. We talked and tasted our way through five pairings. Beginning on the lighter end with a wit and a coriander cheddar–which melds well with the coriander typical of a wit–we moved to stronger flavors finishing with a scotch ale and smokey blue–which, by the way, was out. of. this. world.

Beer and cheese are natural friends and the tastes that we enjoyed displayed that perfectly. Each product is elevated by the presence of the other and flavors that might be missed are instead made more bold. There was a lavender honey goat cheese paired with a light saison, the sweetness of the goat cheese blended with the slight peppery, fruity flavors of the saison, creating an ahhmazing match. Several ladies said that blue cheese was not usually their first pick, but when paired with an IPA or scotch ale, the were completely surprised by how much the loved them.

We tried to challenge our taste buds without throwing anyone overboard. The night was a total success not to mention the fact that we got to experience some flavors that were un.real. I foresee many more of these types of tastings on the horizon.

Oh, and if you want to pick up some of these cheeses or beers, then you’d better hit up The Little bleu Cheese Shop in the South Wedge and AJ’s Beer Warehouse.

With this lovely spring weather beginning to creep into upstate New York, I’m itching for some summer suds. West coast IPAs and easy sipping wits, we’re coming atchya. We’re almost to patio season and porch sits. Grab a cold one and hit the park. I’ll see you all in May.


The Pairings

Cascadita with Coriander | Shiner Wit

Lavender Honey Fromage Blanc | Ommegang Hennepin Saison

Clothbound Cheddar | Troegs Cultivator Helles Bock

 Bohemian Blue | CB Craft Brewers Caged Alpha Monkey

Rogue Creamery Smoky Blue | CB Craft Brewers MacBubba Scotch Ale

February Meeting | Tröegs Beer Social

It is absolutely freezing cold out, I mean, I really can’t get over it and yet I have to, because I’ve chosen to live in upstate NY, which recently entered an ice age if you hadn’t heard. I exaggerate slightly, but you get the gist. So, instead of complaining we’ve got to create diversions and spending an evening at a beer social is certainly a diversion.

We were really pleased to be invited to Tap & Mallet this past week for their Tröegs Beer Social. What a way to brighten a Wednesday night. We had an excellent turn out and a few new beer gal faces. Our host, Amy Ellsworth, is an established gal in the local beer industry. What began as a hobby blog grew into career when she began a blog, called the Craft Beer Girl, and ultimately she pursued a position as the regional rep for Tröegs Brewing Company. It’s always awesome to see a rad gal repping the females in a mostly male industry. Below are the beers we tasted with Amy. They’re all worth trying. Cheers!

  • Dream Weaver Hefeweizen
  • Scratch 170 – Helles Lager
  • Scratch 167 – ESB
  • Perpetual IPA
  • Nugget Nectar – cask and keg versions
  • Java Head Stout – oatmeal stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for 1 year

January Meeting | Winter Warmers

We were excited to be invited to Rohrbach Brewing’s Brewtopia event for our Jan meeting.  The theme of the night was “Winter Warmers,” which was a perfect focus for these freezing cold days that we can’t seem to shake in here Rochester. Rohrbach brewer, Zach Porrey, walked us through several different dark malty beers.

These beers were big and bold, highlighting the malts they were brewed with and they were boozy; most of them coming in a 9% ABV. Personally, I couldn’t get enough of the Dubhe Black IPA by Uinta Brewing out in Utah or Old Rasputin – an imperial stout-brewed by North Coast brewing in CA. The warm atmosphere and the flavorful beer kept us chatting well into the evening. These are the beers you should be reaching for on cold evenings throughout the winter months.

Beers Enjoyed:

  • Imperial Scotch Ale – Rohrbach Brewing
  • Dry Patch Porter – Rohrbach Brewing
  • Old Rasputin – North Coast Brewing
  • Dubhe Black IPA – Uinta Brewing