Craft beer: What lies ahead in 2018? – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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We saw insane growth in the upstate beer scene in 2017. This coming year promises to bring more of the same. It’s a truly exciting time to be a local beer nerd.

We have nine breweries in the city of Rochester (with at least two more coming) and 25 breweries in Monroe County (with at least three more slated to open in 2018). Ontario County now has 13 breweries. Livingston County will soon boast as many as five breweries. There are rumblings of one coming to Wayne County and two are scheduled to open this year in Batavia, Genesee County.

I reached out to all of the craft beverage contacts in my phone and asked them a simple question: What do think will happen in the craft beer industry in 2018 — whether it be at your brewery or in this region?

Here’s what they said:

Zach Clicquennoi, Tap and Mallet general manager Buy Photo

Tap and Mallet, a pub in Rochester’s South Wedge neighborhood (Photo: 2013 file photo)

More great beer is being produced in this state right now. That has allowed us to shift our focus. If you look at the market here, there is such a huge contingent of people who are willing to travel to breweries to pick up cans. For us, if we can go and buy those beers and put them on draft here, then why not? It’s what people are looking to get. That will continue

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