Rohrbach Brewing Co News

Blood, Sweat, & Beer


On Monday, August 3rd, Rohrbach's Railroad Street Taproom is opening its doors for a very special event.

Blood, Sweat & Beer is a feature documentary about the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start up breweries.

The film follows a trio of 23 year olds as they struggle to start The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. in Braddock, PA. Matt, Asa, and Brandon hope their brewery will help this once prosperous steel town bounce back from decades of neglect, violence, and population loss.

The film also tells the emotional story of Danny Robinson a boardwalk brewery owner and restaurateur whose empire is threatened by an aggressive trademark lawsuit that could leave him penniless. Four entrepreneurs, two brand new breweries, and one ultimate goal: to quench the thirst of the craft-craving masses. Watch the trailer:

The event takes place on Monday, August 3rd at 7pm. Doors open at 6. Admission is $10 and includes one beverage of choice. Tickets can be purchased through the following link.


Addition of new fermentation tanks leads to new capabilities and increased production capacity.

Rohrbach’s has been brewing up a solid line of classic beer styles for 25 years. Rochester natives and frequent visitors know them best for their Scotch Ale, a beer that has become their flagship for more than a decade. Rohrbach’s Director of Brewing, Jim McDermott, assures, “We continue to focus first and foremost on these brands… They are our flagships. We are about to begin canning our Blueberry Ale. But we always want to listen to what our fans are saying, and they’re saying they want to try some new Rohrbach styles.” These advancements are due largely in part to two new fermenters: One 60-barrel tank and one 40-barrel tank, essentially increasing the local brewery’s output by a full third. 

Rohrbach founder, John Urlaub, adds “We wanted to diversify our offering. We are excited to release a brand new line of beers, the Rohrbach Neoteric Series. Neoteric means fresh, new, and up-to-date. This line is going to feature the return of some popular recipes, as well as some new recipes we’ve never touched before.”

“John wanted us to come up with something that was really unique, and really think outside of the box when it comes to these new beers. So we went as far away from the box as possible -- we went to space,” says Bill Greco, Rohrbach’s Marketing Manager. He is referring to the first Neoteric beer release, an India Pale Lager (IPL), appropriately named, Inter-Planetary Lager, developed by Rohrbach brewer, Eric Bishop. “Each one of our brewers is going to have their own recipe to create. In addition to the IPL, we will be introducing an Imperial Pilsner, a Brown Ale, a Belgian Stout, and the return of our famous Citra Double IPA, which will be named “Space Kitty,” each to be released about a month or so apart. Urlaub adds that Rohrbach fans shouldn’t expect all space-related themes. “We didn’t want to corner ourselves into a single theme. We are drawing inspiration from a variety of topics, including space and literature, among others.”

Each new brew will be first introduced at a “Brews & Bites” tapping party at the Railroad Street Taproom, where guests can meet the brewers responsible for the new recipes and get their very first taste of the new brews.  Each Neoteric beer will be packaged in 22oz bottles for retail purchase as well as in kegs to be distributed to local restaurants and taverns. John adds, “We are excited to release these new beers.  They represent a new era for Rohrbach’s.”