The craft beer industry in Rochester is experiencing a resurgence, and we are eager to contribute to this vibrant brewing community. Already, Steve is experimenting at home — testing new recipes and sampling with friends and neighbors.
Little Thistle Brewing is a 10 barrel (bbl) brewing system. What does that mean? There are 31 gallons in one barrel of beer, which translates to roughly 310 gallons per batch of beer, give or take the angel’s share. There are two 20-barrel fermentation tanks and four 10-barrel fermentation tanks. This system will allow us have the capability to keep our fast-selling, popular beers in supply as well as the flexibility and freedom to brew unique, experimental and seasonal beer styles.
We’ll have the ability to have 18 beers on tap at any one time, including two cask-conditioned ales. We plan on filling growlers and will have pre-filled crowlers available for presale. We don’t have plans to can or bottle for distribution sale, so you’ll have to come directly to the source to try a Little Thistle Brew. Check back for our lineup of fine, locally brewed craft beer!
01. NEW BEER TRENDS
We love trying the latest, greatest thing. We continually follow the trends in the beer industry and incorporate those into our lineup.
02. EXPERIMENTAL BEERS
Brewing beer is a bit of a mad scientist game. A large part of the excitement and creativity of making beers is the experimentation, and our brewers love being able to create these unique offerings.
03. CASK ALES
These types of ales are traditional to the United Kingdom. Rich in flavor and dispensed via a hand pump called a Beer Engine these beers provide a novel way of dispensing beer. These beers are also steeped in the brewing history of Steve Finnie’s home country of Scotland.
04. BARREL AGED BEERS
Aging beer in wood is an amazing thing. We can’t wait to start throwing beer in barrels.
05. LIGHT LAGERS
Not a craft beer person? Not yet! We brew a little something for everyone. These light, crisp, traditional beers will refresh your light beer loving friends.
06. TRADITIONAL BEER STYLES
We will brew traditional style ales such as pale ales, Belgian ales, India pale ales, ambers, brown ales, scotch ales, porters and stouts. Have a favorite? Let us know!
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