Thanks to the architectural restorative creativity and the craftsmanship by the construction crew, the Genesee Brew House is truly one of Rochester’s very coolest spaces.
Every element within the 116-year-old red brick building exudes care and attention to detail, from the high ceilings to the reclaimed lumber, from the sheen of the tanks of the pilot brewery to the second-floor bar built from old wooden beer barrels.
Then mix in a splash of locale — the Genesee Brew House sits just off the east bank of the Genesee River — and visitors can enjoy views of the gorge, mist rising from High Falls and the Rochester skyline while sipping on a cold Genny.
The downstairs of the 9,000-square-foot building features a gift shop, Genny artifacts and a tasting bar at the pilot brewery. The bar and restaurant occupy the second floor, and there’s an outdoor patio as well as a rooftop deck.
Oh, and for the holidays there’s the ever-growing Christmas tree of kegs, which last year stood 27 feet tall and took 520 barrels to construct.
Just as Genny boasts its homegrown heritage, a whole lot of Rochester firms provided their expertise to the rehabilitation project, including The Pike Company (general contractor), Herrick-Saylor Engineers, Hanlon Architects, Schuler-Haas Electric Corp., Crosby-Brownlie Inc., Postler & Jaeckle Corp. and Rochester Colonial Manufacturing.