The best beer bar in Rochester won’t serve its first beer until August. Currently, it’s an eviscerated shambles.
The old MacGregor’s on Gregory Street is well along in its renovation, but there’s still plenty of work to do. When this place opens, it is not going to be a warmed-over MacGregor’s; the building is getting a complete refurb from the basement to the roof.
“Hey Mark,” you say. “How can this be the best beer bar in Rochester before the place is even built?” I just ask you to trust me. Joe McBane, former cellar manager at The Old Toad, is a wizard at finding excellent, unexpected beers from all over the world. He has poured me too many rare and pleasant surprises to count, and the man knows how to keep his beer fresh and at the proper temperatures.
Oh, and he’s English, so that has to give him SOME beer cred, right?