I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz by now. The wait is over and Forager Brewing Co. & Kutzky Market have officially opened their doors for business and have been slingin’ za and brews for about a week. But yes, I have to gush with more buzz because it’s that good. Their menu options, craft beer offerings, curated atheistic and attention to detail are second to none in Rochester. It brings an upscale vibe to a city that’s far too comfortable with fast food and chain restaurants, yet it boasts a relaxed atmosphere and fun staff.
The market and tap room adds to what Rochester is missing. It fills a hole and it’s definitely an overachiever. The building used to be the Good Food Co-Op so they had plenty of space to fill. Think coffee shop, brewery, wood fire pizzeria, pop-up restaurant, market and awesome outdoor space all in one location. On paper it sounds like one of those days where I swear I have ADHD and can’t make up my mind, but fear not, it’s done well.
Every detail was perfectly thought out. Much of the decor is “foraged” from elsewhere; even better, most of it re purposed from something local (i.e. reclaimed wood, a stove from the Mayo Bros, the DIY penny-topped tap room tables, and windows to name a few). It exudes a comfy vintage, yet trendy chic vibe. It’s suitable for studying, dates and happy hours alike. I personally could spend all day there. Liiiiike maybe someday they’ll tack on daycare to their offerings and I really could hang out there 24/7? I can only dream.
Upon first walking in you’ll notice the bright yellow, fancy espresso machine with matching retro refrigerator against a tiled back splash. After ordering your preferred method of joe, you’ll turn around to see a hanging display of mismatched tea cups above a cozy seating area with old Rochester postcards blown up and imposed on the table tops. The bay window ledge has old windows and succulents in old coffee tins. You barely notice the less-than-ideal view of Kwik Trip across the way. A vintage couch and hutch flank the area with accents like kitschy water glasses to make the space all sorts of homey.
Moving onward in the space tour, before you enter into the main tap room and restaurant, you’ll notice a little library cove. Think a moody space with an entire wall of books, plush seating, lots to look at and again, every detail thought out. I kinda felt like I was in Hogwarts studying for my spells exam or something. It’s that magical and there are gems on the wall.
The main restaurant space is my favorite. It’s broken up into two areas. A sunken in area with leather couches and fireplaces, lots of plants and spaces to put your feet up. The tap room consists of rows of tables where the tops are made of old pennies (diy-ed mind you) and a huge industrial chandelier. The bar is long and skinny with focal points of a giant taxidermy moose head and their brew offerings on lumber pieces. Off in the background and around the corner is the kitchen and wood fireplace where the za is fired to perfection, surrounded by shiny subway tile and chalkboards explaining their fare.
Menu wise, they’ve managed to capture all the hot food trends and put them into one cohesive menu. I can only speak on the duck nachos and the breakfast pizza; both which were terrific. The duck nachos were especially wonderful with the picked corn and pork topped with goat cheese and chimichurri- workable combinations I’ve rarely had elsewhere. One fair warning, this is not an Applebee’s. You’re not going to get servings the size of your small child. Ingredients are locally sourced and portions modest, but delicious none the less. The brews are nothing out of this world, but still pair well with their fantastic menu- ask which beers pair well with which items on the menu. It’s also unique in that they’re brewed in house with locally made ingredients. Also be sure to try their sour beer, the Preserved Gose, which is a unique offering to Forager.
If you’re not there already, GET THERE, get therreee, get therrree (old RCTC commercial anyone?). Ha. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Not only does it offer a fun space, outdoor seating, a unique menu and brews, it promises future pop up restaurant opportunities and a market where local creators can sell their goods. With their plentiful offerings, every experience will seem different. I’m so excited to see what’s next on tap (see what I did there?).