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Our story

Founded in 1991 by John and Patty Urlaub, Rohrbach Brewing Co. is Rochester’s first craft brewery. The brewing company takes its name from Rohrbach, Germany, a small town that inspired its founder to bring craft beer to Rochester. The company first originated in the German House on Gregory Street, then grew into the two locations existing today–the production brewery on Railroad St. and Buffalo Rd. brewpub. Though the company has grown over the past 25 years, Rohrbachs has stayed true to its roots. You can only find Rohrbach beer in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and their surrounding Upstate NY areas. 

With the recent craft beer boom in Upstate New York, we take pride in our region and cherish the loyalty we’ve built in our community. We are always looking for new ways to give back; which you can read about below.

Rohrbachs believes in brewing timeless beers; we strive to stay true to ourselves as craft beer trends come and go. We can’t wait to see what comes next...

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the brewery crew

 John Urlaub | Owner & Founder

John Urlaub | Owner & Founder

 Jim McDermott | Director of Brewing

Jim McDermott | Director of Brewing

 Eric Bishop | Lead Brewer

Eric Bishop | Lead Brewer

 Nicki Forster | Brewer

Nicki Forster | Brewer

 Zach Porrey | High Priest of Yeast

Zach Porrey | High Priest of Yeast

 Steve 'Braski' Haag | Master of Packaging

Steve 'Braski' Haag | Master of Packaging

 Brandon Whalen | Brewer

Brandon Whalen | Brewer

 Danny Agne | Distribution

Danny Agne | Distribution

 Patrick Zachmeyer | Brewer

Patrick Zachmeyer | Brewer

 Kevin Hall | Distribution

Kevin Hall | Distribution

 Joel Will | Brewer

Joel Will | Brewer

 Jason Smith | Distribution

Jason Smith | Distribution

sales & marketing

  Chris Cole  | Sales Manager

Chris Cole | Sales Manager

  Sean Fitzpatrick  | Regional Sales & Marketing

Sean Fitzpatrick | Regional Sales & Marketing

  Steve Palermo  | Account Manager

Steve Palermo | Account Manager

  Sharon Dix  | Office Manager

Sharon Dix | Office Manager

  Peter Quinn  | Regional Manager

Peter Quinn | Regional Manager

  Brittany Statt  | Marketing Director

Brittany Statt | Marketing Director

food & beverage services

 Dina Cieslinski | General Manager

Dina Cieslinski | General Manager

 Beth Argenbright | Manager, Brewpub

Beth Argenbright | Manager, Brewpub

 Steve Frank | Executive Chef

Steve Frank | Executive Chef

 Emily Hoyt | Manager, Beer Hall

Emily Hoyt | Manager, Beer Hall

 Courtney Wyckoff | Assistant Manager, Beer Hall

Courtney Wyckoff | Assistant Manager, Beer Hall

A Commitment to Our
Local Community

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giving back

As a small local business, Rohrbach Brewing Co. has the community to thank for its growing success. Without you, we wouldn't be where we are today–and that's why we're always growing our efforts to give back. Rohrbachs donates roughly 15% of its profits annually. We have a  strong relationship with Holiday Outreach, hosting many annual fundraisers and donating a large portion of our Brewer's Fest profits to their organization.

local partnerships

Rohrbachs sources as much as possible from local vendors. Many of our food items are locally produced, from partners including Amazing Grains, Lively Run cheese, Pittsford Farms Dairy, The Peroige Guy, and sourcing ingredients right from our brewery's neighbor, the Public Market.

We often partner with local businesses for our beers as well, whether it's locally sourcing hops or partnering with businesses like Java's and Kettle Ridge Farm for coffee stouts and maple wheat ales. The brewery donates its spent grain to local farmers, along with our neighbor Black Button Distilling

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sustainability

Part of our dedication to our community is to remain as sustainable as possible. Many decisions are made with this in mind–one of the biggest being the shift from growlers to cans. Aluminum cans have a far smaller carbon footprint and are easier to recycle. The snap-on 4-pack caps are also recyclable and better for the environment. Rohrbachs even grows its own small batch of hops behind the brewpub. 

awards & press

 
 
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