Trio of Rochester Breweries Collaborate to Celebrate Eclipse

Rohrbach Brewing, Three Heads Brewing, and Strangebird Brewing have announced that the three Rochester, New York breweries will team up to create a trio of unique specialty beers to commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime total eclipse over the region on Monday, April 8.

Each beer will represent one of three phases of a total eclipse: The Lighter Side, The Darker Side, and Totality. The beers will be released in unison on Monday, March 11, and will be available in cans at local retailers, as well as on tap at local bars and restaurants.

Special events will abound throughout the city of Rochester and surrounding areas on the day of the Eclipse. For a full list of events, visit​.”

“Not only are we thrilled that the Eclipse’s Path of Totality is heading through our fair city, but we are also pumped to join forces with two other terrific craft breweries to offer some unique beers,” said Three Heads​’ Dan Nothnagle.To celebrate and represent The Darker Side of the Eclipse, ​Three Heads is reviving a classic American Style​; Steam Beer​. ​Fans can enjoy this crushable Amber Lager with its notes of caramel and baked bread​.

The Lighter Side Helles Lager ​from Strangebird will bring back ​the brewery’s practiced art of oak barrel lagering for a soft, balanced, and golden celebration of the brighter edges of this momentous occasion. ​In addition, Strangebird will be opening its parking lot for a viewing party from 1-4​ p​.m​. ​that day.

​”The parking lot is southwestern facing so it will be an ideal place to experience this lunar phenomenon​,” said Micah Krichinsky​ of Strangebird. ​”Eclipse shades, family friendly activities, BBQ, and special commemorative glassware will be available on this historic day.​”

Rohrbachs​ will represent the Totality, when the moon will completely block out the sun. To embody the ​3:38 of darkness that will overtake Rochester, ​they chose to brew a Black Lager​, explained John Urlaub. ​

“The name and style for Totality Black Lager was developed by all the employees at Rohrbach Brewing Company​,” he said. “Back in September 2022, we began the process of brainstorming ideas, recipes, and names. ​”This culminated in August 2023 with the name chosen, the artwork designed, and a small pilot batch brewed. Totality Black Lager has aromatic notes of caramel, sweet bread, and milk chocolate, while cold lager fermentation creates a crisp and clean finish making the beer surprisingly sessionable.”

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