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Fast Start: On the trail

The Rochester region’s craft beverage industry has grown explosively in the last couple of years. This month, legislation was introduced in the New York Legislature to fund signs on highways to promote the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail. The signs would point the way to nearby breweries, brew pubs and distilleries, the way wine trails in the Finger Lakes are marked.

“Our community boasts a long and proud brewing heritage which has been bolstered by the recent growth of local craft breweries and brew pubs,” says Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle. “These breweries are making significant contributions to our local tourism and agriculture economies and exposing locals and tourists alike to some of the best beer in the world.”

“I’m proud to say our region is making some of the best beers, wines and spirits anywhere,” adds Sen. Rich Funke, co-sponsor in the Senate.

New York breweries account for more than $3.5 billion in economic activity. Members of the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail are: Apple Country Spirits, the Barrel Room, Black Button Distilling, Blue Toad Hard Cider, Casa Larga, CB Craft Brewers, Embark Craft Ciderworks, Genesee Brew House, Heron Hill Vineyards, Honeoye Falls Distillery, Iron Smoke Whiskey, Knucklehead Brewing, the Lost Borough Brewing Co., Naked Dove, Nedloh Brewing Co., the O’Begley Distillery, Roc Brewing, Rohrbach Brewing Co., Swiftwater Brewing, 3 Brothers Winery at Eastview Mall, Three Huskies Brewing and the VB Brewery. rocbevtrail.com

2/19/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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