A ‘stoutstanding’ plan to brew up business

CANANDAIGUA — Photograph massive white fluffy snowflakes slipping from the sky.  © Image Supplied David…

CANANDAIGUA — Photograph massive white fluffy snowflakes slipping from the sky. 



a man standing in front of a sign: David D'Allesandro, owner of Frequentem Brewing Co. in Canandaigua, came up with Stout Month as a business pick-me-up during a normally slow time of year.


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David D’Allesandro, owner of Frequentem Brewing Co. in Canandaigua, arrived up with Stout Month as a business pick-me-up during a commonly sluggish time of 12 months.

Although cold, it is not that deep-in-the-bones stay-in-the-house-below-the-addresses-right up until-May perhaps frigid chilly that a heat coat, hat and gloves (or probably the mittens in the Bernie Sanders inauguration memes that are producing the rounds so hysterically on social media) will not cure.

But it allows to be sipping a huge-bodied stout by a firepit to support minimize the bite of winter’s chilly. 

Stouts, in accordance to David D’Allesandro, who with wife Meagan owns Frequentem Brewery in Canandaigua, are a definitely awesome style for these months.

“In the wintertime, folks want huge purple wines, they want bourbon or whiskey to heat them up,” D’Allesandro reported. “And the huge roasty character of stouts l consider lends itself seriously nicely to colder months.”

And, so considerably this January, domestically designed stouts are proving to be excellent for the beer small business in the course of a typically sluggish time of calendar year. 

January is Stout Month in Canandaigua, and Frequentem and fellow craft brewers at Peacemaker, Naked Dove, Sq. Knot, A few Huskies and Twisted Rail are showcasing their stouts all thirty day period prolonged.



Those who try Canandaigua's stouts fill out a passport card and earn a free glass at the end.


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Individuals who consider Canandaigua’s stouts fill out a passport card and gain a cost-free glass at the conclude.

Here’s how it operates. Clients get a stamp on a passport card after making an attempt a stout at the participating breweries. At the previous halt, you are specified a commemorative glass — a unique item engraved with the logos of every single of the collaborating breweries.

D’Allesandro strike on the idea as a way to drum up organization during a gradual winter season month while at the exact same time recognizing the regional craft beer local community, which embraced the idea.

“I really don’t see why this couldn’t work here, and pull persons down from the town, from Buffalo, from Syracuse and south of right here, and get persons in the doorway and maintain January busy,” D’Allesandro stated.

A few months in, and the response appears to be to be almost nothing brief of “stoutstanding.”

D’Allesandro has been releasing a little batch stout just about every Friday — this weekend, it is a vanilla almond imperial stout — to go with a more substantial batch of maple pecan stout, which he most likely will have readily available by way of February. The initially, an Italian breakfast stout, marketed out.



a man standing in front of a barrel: Nate Crane, head brewer at Square Knot Brewing Co., toasts stouts during Stout Month in Canandaigua.


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Nate Crane, head brewer at Square Knot Brewing Co., toasts stouts for the duration of Stout Thirty day period in Canandaigua.

Around at Square Knot Brewing, head brewer Nate Crane is presenting a vanilla fudge imperial stout that will be obtainable all month. But hold on, there’s additional, in the way of peppermint hot chocolate and maple hazelnut coffee stouts, the latter designed with Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, to shut out the exclusive month.

“There’s actually nothing at all greater on a chilly working day than warming up with a stout. I feel the entertaining element is there are so several distinct issues you can do with it,” Crane stated. “If you seem from brewery to brewery, we all have a thing different going on.”



a man holding a glass of wine: Todd Reardon, owner of Peacemaker Brewing Co., is a participant in Stout Month in Canandaigua.


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Todd Reardon, owner of Peacemaker Brewing Co., is a participant in Stout Thirty day period in Canandaigua.

Stout Month provides men and women one thing to do at a time throughout a downtime for breweries, stated Kim Porter, of Naked Dove Brewing Co., which is providing a top secret and strong stash of its 2019 Russian imperial stout.

Porter has noticed website visitors from Buffalo strike each and every of the Canandaigua breweries during their weekends away from dwelling. She’s seen couples steal absent on small date evenings during peaceful times during the week, and just one few on staycation informed her they hit a brewery just about every working day of the week.

“I enjoy that it’s bringing people out,” Porter reported. “It’s bringing people today out in a time when it really is important we all aid every single other. This is a perfect example of that.”

Peacemaker Brewing owner Todd Reardon, who is giving chocolate peanut butter and chocolate salted caramel stouts this month, said the team is also on the lookout at doing other collaborative beer month events, featuring IPAs, sours or some other designs.

Denise Chaapel, manager of the downtown Business enterprise Advancement District and operator of Sweet Expressions, reported the thought has likely.

At her chocolate store, Chaapel explained she sees folks from Pennsylvania, Buffalo, and Ohio consistently, a lot of of whom are coming to the place for craft beer trails. It made use of to be only wine trails.

“People are coming and they are being overnight and carrying out different trails,” Chaapel stated. “Canandaigua is certainly getting to be a spot for breweries.”

D’Allesandro explained Canandaigua definitely has a little something specific brewing in this article.

“If you want to go to Seneca for wine tours, you want to occur to Canandaigua for beer,” D’Allesandro reported. “That’s what we’re trying to market place.”

The moment January transitions to February and wintertime segues into spring and then summer months, you really do not have to neglect about stouts.

“I appear to like them far better in the colder weather conditions, while I’m not fearful to drink a stout in the center of summertime,” Reardon explained.

The place they are

This is wherever to discover the collaborating craft breweries in Stout Month in Canandaigua.

Frequentem Brewing Co. is at 254 S. Most important St.

Dobbers Athletics Bar & Grill and 3 Huskies Brewing is at 401 Lakeshore Travel.

Peacemaker Brewing Co. is at 39 Mentor St.

Square Knot Brewing Co. is at 20 Pleasant St. 

Twisted Rail Brewing Co. is at 169 Lakeshore Generate.

Bare Dove Brewing Co. is at 4048 state Routes 5 and 20.



a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Mike Murphy


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