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Brewed with Pride in the Finger Lakes

At the edge of the lake, there may be no more water. But there's always more beer.


The story of Young Lion is the story of good friends and great beer. What started out as an idea tossed around a bar in Rochester became a dream we couldn’t shake. At Young Lion Brewing our dedicated team takes PRIDE – in being an award winning, woman owned and managed, community focused brewery on the North shore of Canandaigua Lake. If you’re ever in Canandaigua, pull up a stool and order a pint. Because at the edge of the lake there may be no more water, but there’s always more beer. Crafted and canned in the Finger Lakes.

SPECIAL  STATEMENT 3/15/20

As a preemptive and precautionary measure against Covid-19, and in the interest of safeguarding the wellbeing of our valued employees and patrons, Young Lion Brewing Company will temporarily suspend taproom operations to only TOGO sales with limited hours, effective immediately. Head to our Taproom Page for more info on ordering TOGO. http://younglionbrewing.com/#tap-room
We did not make this decision lightly and we realize this may be an inconvenience to our loyal fans, followers and friends. 

However, as a manufacturing facility we feel it is our responsibility to make the safety of our various publics our primary objective. We appreciate your support as we navigate this developing situation together as a community. Watch our social media outlets and website for further updates. We all look forward to serving you in person soon. Take care of yourselves and each other.

 

Sincerely, YLBC Team

 

Flagship Lineup


Young Lion IPA Can Blue

IPA

ABV 6.5% · IBU's 57 · SRM 5.5

A true to style IPA, this is a hoppy beer with a smooth finish and is a good representation of our approach to the classic beers. There is a reason why it was our first beer off the line.

Young Lion Double IPA Can Red

Double IPA

ABV 8.1% · IBU's 88 · SRM 7

Yep, you might get a hint of papaya in our Double India Pale Ale, but its not too sweet and the bitterness is nicely balanced.

Young Lion Pilsner Can White

Pilsner

ABV 5.2% · IBU's 35 · SRM 6.6

A crisp and refreshing Czech style pilsner, our take on this style is fuller bodied with slightly higher IBUs than you get in a traditional American Pilsner.

Brewery


Young Lion's brewery is located at the north end of Canandaigua Lake in upstate New York.

Once you enter the brewery you’ll smell the specialty malt coming from the mill room, you’ll notice our 3 vessel, 35 barrel brew house amongst a forest of 90 barrel fermenters and you’ll watch our Westfalia centrifuge create magic.

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  • Taproom at YLBC
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  • Bar patrons
  • Head Brewer Phil Platz and CEO Jen Newman
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  • Bourbon Barrel Stout Cans and Pint
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  • YLBC Keg

Team


Meet the people behind Young Lion

Head Brewer Phil Platz

Phil Platz

Head Brewer

 

Phil comes to Young Lion with more than a decade of experience in the beverage industry. A graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania he attended University of California Davis and completed the Master Brewer’s Program in 2005. After graduating he was immediately recruited by MillerCoors, where he worked for over 9 years, brewing and taste-testing some of America’s best known beer brands.

Missing the craft, Phil left Miller to spend a year as the Head Brewer at Trim Tab Brewery (Alabama) where he could get back to his love of the art.

In his role at Young Lion, Platz is the mastermind behind the beer, overseeing all brewing operations from grain to “can”. From delicious IPAs to classic and crisp Pilsners, Phil is responsible for all of Young Lion’s original craft brews.

 

Jennifer Newman CEO

Jennifer Newman

CEO/Co-Owner

With a longstanding passion for craft beers and the craft brewing industry, Newman tried her hand at homebrewing, but quickly realized her taste for the craft didn’t translate into tasty beers. So, at YLBC, Jen leaves the brewing to the masters, but takes the lead from the trenches as head business maven.

Jen joined the Young Lion project in August 2015. In her role as Founder, Newman assumes all operational responsibilities including strategic planning, vendor relations, HR, budgeting, licensing, strategy, sales – and of course, beer tasting.

Before fulfilling her dream to launch a brewery, Newman worked for more than 20 years in business Initially as a business analyst (Price Waterhouse LLP, Scholastic, Cox Communications, and LiDestri Foods) before co-founding three successful start-ups: DbSecure, Application Security and Techrigy.

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Alicia Wolk

Founder

Alicia Wolk, a Rochester native, is not only one of the founders for YLBC, but is also the branding brains behind the business, bringing the concept from ideation to ready-to-pour.

Her experience spans from behind the bar, to the board room, with a passion for marketing and hospitality to match. With a keen eye for aesthetics and form, she’s brought the brewery to life and will continue to help grow the brand for years to come.

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Brian Bremer

Assistant Brewer

This kid has got it! Not a moment goes by while Brian is working that you cannot recognize his natural gift for this industry. A Niagara University graduate in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Brian cemented himself in the field he was meant for. Beginning with Finger Lakes wineries and Buffalo breweries, he’s dedicated himself to the art of brewing and is now an Assistant Brewer at YLBC. Chances are, the beer you’re drinking in the tap room…Brian has something to do with it.

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Tanya Youngman

Event Sales & Marketing Manager

A Rochester native now living in the Finger Lakes, with nearly 15 years of experience in the Food & Beverage Industry. Over the years Tanya’s developed her skill set in event sales, catering/event management and restaurant marketing. Her experience ranges from running the floor as front of house manger, to coordinating small dinner parties and happy hours, to large corporate functions and weddings.

Couple this experience with her education in Graphic Design and Photography, Tanya has a unique perspective on marketing for the food & beverage industry and the importance of building a brand through engaging imagery. 

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Geremy Stowe

Sales Representative

 

Born and raised in Rochester, NY – Geremy, once an accounting major, had an opportunity to try his shot at the craft beer industry and has not looked back since. Geremy has nearly 4 years’ experience in the craft beverage sales and an immense ambition for craft beer. Geremy has joined the team as a Sales Representative and is eager to help get Young Lion products to market.

 

Cody Griffith Taproom Manager

Cody Griffith

Tap Room Manager

 

A Canandaigua native with nearly 10 years of hospitality and service industry experience, this guy has seen it all. Starting out bar backing at busy local establishment’s fresh out of high school, then moving up to bartending at dozens of weddings over the last 4 years.  Cody has been at Young Lion for the last 2 years in a multifaceted capacity including on the production team shadowing our brewers, working in the tap room, private events in the loft and offsite samplings.  Chances are if you have a question about YLBC, he has the answer! Always eager for a new challenge, Cody has landed his role as Tap Room Manager, where he can help lead our tap room staff to new heights.  “So lets raise a glass and always drink local”.

 

John Oflaherty Facilities Manager

John O'Flaherty

Facilities Manager

It’s a satisfying storyline to see a homebrewer graduate from the basement to the brewhouse. John has done exactly that for Young Lion Brewing Company. Here since day one, John does everything from being a brand ambassador – to Taproom beertender – facility maintenance – to official brewer. Add in his constant collaboration with our head brewer and you can expect to see a lot of John O’Flaherty’s creativity on our beer list.

Kregg Schuster

Kregg Schuster

Sales Representative

 

Kregg Schuster, a native of Western New York, now resides in Canandaigua with his wife and three young children.  After graduating from the University at Buffalo, Kregg has spent the past fifteen years in a variety of roles in the beverage industry.  His experience includes working as a merchandiser in Buffalo, wine sales in Florida, and a bar manager in Washington, DC.  He has spent the last five years working as a craft beer sales manager in the Finger Lakes.  Kregg is extremely excited to join the Young Lion team to help share their amazing beers with customers around the region.

 

Tap Room


Our tap room was built with community in mind.

 
We are excited to show you what ingredients
and flavors Phil has been playing with in the brewery.
Come taste what’s new.
We “pride” ourselves in serving other brewery’s beer
because we are proud of our community.
Ask us about our rotating guest beers and cider taps,
as well as our selection of wines. So if you want to talk beer, come in.
If you want to watch the game, come in.
If you just want to stare at the lake, come in.

YLBC is a ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail Member
to find out more about the trail and get your 2020 bev trail passport click here https://www.rocflxcraftbevtrail.com

 

 

We know this is a challenging time for everyone.  Young Lion would like to offer “contact-free” take out of our beer, cider, and wine on Wednesday’s, Friday’s from 4:00 pm to 7:00pm. Saturday’s from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

 

How it works: “Contact Free” Pick Up 

1. Email your orders to  cgriffith@younglionbrewing.com  or call our taproom 585-412-6065 and leave a message
2.Be sure to provide us your name and a phone number.
3.We will call you back to take your order and arrange to pick up.
4.All orders must be paid by credit/debit at the time we call you back.
5.When you get to the brewery, call our taproom at 585-412-6065. 
6.Be ready to show ID before picking up your order. Our staff will leave your order in a clean bag with your name on it in our entryway on a sanitized table.
7. Pick up days Wednesday’s and Friday’s 4-7pm Saturday ‘s 12-5pm

Thinking of our neighbors at this time and grateful for all the support you have shown Young Lion. 
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Y O U N G     L I O N

 

To Go Wine List
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wine list 

If you need a pdf please click the link wine list pdf

 

CROWLERS and 4 PACKS TOGO

 

Hours of Operation

Good Food Collective Pick Up Thursday’s click here for  More info 

Good Food Collective

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SPECIAL HOURS:

As a preemptive and precautionary measure against Covid-19, and in the interest of safeguarding the wellbeing of our valued employees and patrons, Young Lion Brewing Company will temporarily suspend taproom operations to only TOGO sales with limited hours, effective immediately. Head to our Taproom Page for more info on ordering TOGO. did not make this decision lightly and we realize this may be an inconvenience to our loyal fans, followers and friends.

 

 However, as a manufacturing facility we feel it is our responsibility to make the safety of our various publics our primary objective. We appreciate your support as we navigate this developing situation together as a community. Watch our social media outlets and website for further updates. We all look forward to serving you soon.
Take care of yourselves and each other. 

 

Sincerely, YLBC Team

Fall/Winter Hours
Monday:
 Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (TOGO Only)
Thursday: 2pm to 8pm (closed temporarily)
Friday: 4:00 pm to 7:00pm pm (TOGO Only)
Saturday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm (TOGO Only)
Sunday: 12pm to 8 pm (closed temporarily)

Public Parking is available behind the brewery off Booth St. in the Pinnacle North complex as well as 2 hour on street in front on Lakeshore Drive.

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Gift & Donation Requests

Young Lion Brewing is proud to be part of the Finger Lakes region and to serve our community in New York State through commerce, volunteerism, events, and activities. As we approach our three-year anniversary we have been receiving an increasing volume of requests for donations. We have set up the following online form for people or groups to request donations of any kind (beer, gift cards, merchandise, etc.).  As a small business, we are unable to fulfill all requests submitted but they all will be considered. 

Once your application has been submitted it will be reviewed by the Donation Committee and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Please click the Givily.com link to fill out the form, click here https://v3.givily.com/young-lion-brewing/young-lion-brewing/donation-request-form

 

Press

Articles and Podcasts YLBC has been featured in.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2019/01/29/inspiring-trips-to-celebrate-international-womens-day/#7b820767f4ec

http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20170628/young-lion-brewing-co-beckons-craft-beer-aficionados

https://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/finger-lakes-new-york-guide-stay-eat-best-things-to-do/

http://sirrochasays.com/blog/5reasonstofallinlovewiththeflx

http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20180817/eat-drink-and-be-murphy-one-year-down-big-things-to-come-at-young-lion

https://www.rocgirlgang.com/blog/2018/7/22/the-brew-master-meet-jennifer-newman-of-young-lion-brewing-company

https://www.newyorkhotels.org/magazine/breweries-in-the-finger-lakes/

https://newyorkmakers.com/blogs/magazine/curious-researching-women-s-past-and-present-head-to-the-finger-lake

https://matadornetwork.com/read/rochester-craft-beer

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/business/2019/11/01/young-lion-brewing-company-hosting-cornhole-leagues-in-canandaigua

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/the-paul-guglielmo-show-22787589/episode/food-wine-show-5-4-19-31148529/

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/the-paul-guglielmo-show-22787589/episode/food-wine-show-4-27-19-30895524/

https://www.spreaker.com/user/paulygoogs/food-wine-show-7-1-17

https://www.spreaker.com/user/paulygoogs/whamam-707 

https://rbj.net/podcast/jen-newman-talks-on-women-in-the-beer-industry/

https://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/genesee-young-lion-team-up-to-create-valentines-day-chocolate-stout/Content?oid=11316390

 

Press inquiries can be submitted to cheers@younglionbrewing.com