After about six years of homebrewing at an extremely high level and competing on a statewide level, Andy Cook, a longtime South Wedge resident (a resurgent Rochester, NY neighborhood), decided to strike out on his own skipping the usual progression of homebrewer, commercial brewing apprentice then pro brewer to jump right into brewery ownership in his very own neighborhood.
If you've never been to his place you've seen it this summer with the glass garage door up with people seating on the outside patio with gleaming stainless steel vats inside behind them. If you're a beer fan that's new to the city of Rochester over the last six months, even if you have very few connections here, Chances are high that you've heard talk about Swiftwater Brewing.
Andy was gracious enough to sit down with me and share what he's doing this early in the craft beer game. You are seeing a lot of his beers pop up in many of the local craft beer bars around town as well as quite a long list of collaberative projects with other breweries which you can find inside his brewery.
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