- The city of Rochester has four breweries (three craft breweries), with a fifth planned.
- Monroe County has somewhere along the lines of 10 breweries, not including breweries that utilize contract brewing.
- As of May 2014, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, which extends from Rochester through the Finger Lakes and ends in Syracuse, boasted 69 establishments.
- Local beer stores take their job quite seriously. Per Beer Advocate, Beers of the World is rated as Outstanding (91 out of 100), and AJ's Beer Warehouse is rated as World-Class (100 out of 100.)
Is Rochester like Denver, Portland, OR, or San Diego? No. But it's surprisingly competent.