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Genesee Brewery to relaunch beer from Prohibition days


Brewmaster Dean Jones has developed 80 beers at the Genesee Brew House microbrewery on the west end of the refurbished building at 25 Cataract St. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie)

To mark Repeal Day, Genesee Brew House is launching a beer similar to one that was sampled in the Rochester area prior to Prohibition being repealed.

Prohibition ended Dec. 5, 1933.

Under a special permit, U-219, Genesee reopened the brewery on April 27, 1933, more than eight months before the repeal of the 18th Amendment, which ended Prohibition.

The Genesee Brew House launched U-219 All Malt Prohibition Pilsner. The beer takes its name from the federal permit number that made it possible for Genesee to sell beer again.

Brew house brewmaster Dean Jones said the single malt pilsner is Genesee’s version of the U-219 Liebotschaner, which was the first beer brewed and sold by Genesee in April of 1933.

“We wanted to recreate our history and what better way to do it than through beer,” Jones said. “The U-219 pays homage to the commitment of the Wehle family and the brewery’s hardworking employees who got beer back into Rochester before Prohibition officially ended.”

The brewery has been around since 1878.

 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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