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A Quick Q&A With Roc Brewing Co.

January 27, 2017

As their website says, Roc Brewing Co. started with a couple of guys and a home brewing kit, which quickly evolved into a full-fledged business, creating one of the first craft breweries located in Rochester, NY. We sat down and chatted with Chris Spinelli, owner of Roc Brewing Co., to get a little more insight into their beloved brews.

Roc Brewing Co.
Q: If someone hasn’t heard of Roc Brewing Co., how would you describe your brewery to them?
A: Roc Brewing Co. is a mcirobrewery located in the heart of Rochester working to make the best craft beer in town. We push to build and promote the best craft beer culture in Rochester.

Q: What prompted you to start Roc Brewing Co.?
A: Starting Roc Brewing Co. came out of a passion and love of brewing craft beer. I wanted to start my own business and brewing beer was a true passion for me. I love this industry and it’s great to be a part of it.

Q:  Let’s talk ingredients.
A: We occasionally source local ingredients but we use ingredients from all over the world. We do our best to use the best possible ingredients to make the best possible beer.

Roc Brewing Co. Pouring Beer

Q: Is there anything you strive for, or try to stay away from, while brewing?
A: Nick and Josh (the brewers) are always open to trying a new beer or style. For them it is about making the highest quality beer possible and doing what they love. As long as it tastes great, we go for it.

Q: You’re less than a 10 minute walk from our store, neighbor! What’s your favorite thing about your location?
A: We love the downtown feel and walkability of our neighborhood. As the inner loop project continues the new neighborhood will be amazing and the place to be in Rochester.

Q: When did you make the decision to start selling your beer in stores?
A: We have always wanted to make a retail package for our beer but it wasn’t until 2016 that we were finally able to make that jump to canning.

Chris Spinelli, Owner of Roc Brewing Co.

Q: What is your personal favorite go-to brew?
A: My go-to brew is our Lagerithm Lager or Smash Pills. I love lagers so when ours is out I want it.

Q: How have your goals changed from the time you opened to today?
A: Over the past few years our goals have changed so much: from being a small, local, Rochester-only brewery

Q: What’s new that we should keep our eyes out for in 2017?
A: We are working hard to grow our canning reach this year so look for more to come.

Roc Brewing Co. IPA

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p.s. Stop into Hart’s to pick up Roc Brewing Co.’s IPA in a can, or have it delivered to your door with our grocery delivery service. 

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