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. So we took our tight knit crew of doers and craft beer lovers and turned that dream into Young Lion Brewing Co. If you’re ever in Canandaigua Lake, 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.

Flagship Lineup

Young Lion 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

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


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.


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.


Meet the people behind Young Lion

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


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.

David Diehl

Taproom Manager

David Diehl is the Taproom Manager at Young Lion Brewing.  He joins us from the famous beer/sports bar 200 Fifth in Brooklyn, NY which he managed for more than 10 years.

With a degree from  Hobart & William Smith Colleges, David is excited to be back in the Finger Lakes Region and bring his expertise in hospitality and management to our brand-new tap room.  To top it off, his down to earth vibe and enthusiasm for beer and culture will have you beaming from first sip to closing time.

Tim Nervina

Sales Manager

Tim Nervina joined the Young Lion Brewing team as Sales Manager in September of 2017. With 8 years of beverage sales experience- first with Manhattan Beer Distributor and then with the supplier, SweetWater Brewery. When it comes to beer, let’s just say he knows his stuff… As a Finger Lakes native, born in Auburn, he has spent the past decade in NYC after graduating from Iona College with a BBA in Marketing. He brings an energetic wit and savvy attitude towards the everyday ins and outs of the craft beer industry.

Alicia Wolk


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.

Brian Bremer

Assistant Brewer

Growing up locally Brian started his career working various job in the hospitality and Finger Lakes wine industries. Brian graduated from Niagara University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  While attending school he worked at multiple breweries throughout Buffalo to learn the Art of brewing.

Kelly Guilfoyle

Sales Representative and Bartender

Homegrown and highly decorated in the industry, Kelly Guilfoyle has joined Young Lion Brewing Company, both as a Sales Representative and influential Beertender on both sides of the bar. 

After a decade in the five boroughs popping corks and designing cocktail programs for esteemed establishments like Yankee Stadium, Barclays Center, and celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster – in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Harlem respectively, Kelly is excited to bring her experience and drive to promoting YLBC and our catalogue both on the road and in the Lion’s Den.

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. 

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.


Currently in the Tap Room…



Y O U N G   L I O N


Draught List

  Flights ­– ……..12   
YLBC Flight……..10
(tax included)




Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 2pm to 8pm
Thursday: 2pm to 8pm
Friday: 12 pm to 10:30 pm
Saturday: 12pm to 10:30 pm
Sunday: 12pm to 8 pm

Public Parking is available behind the brewery off Booth St. in the Pinnacle North complex as well as 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 one-year anniversary we have been receiving an increasing volume of requests for donations. We have set up the following 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. As a guideline, we have established the following requirements which must be met for consideration.
• The group, organization, or event must be in New York State. Preference will be given to those businesses inside the Finger Lakes / Rochester NY Region.

• We welcome requests from any group or organization, however, preference will be given to 501(c) organizations. • All requests must be made at least two months prior to the event. Any request submitted closer to the event will be considered but may be declined.

• Applicants are permitted to request donations once per 12-month period. Multiple donation requests will be considered but may be declined.

• All donations must be picked up at Young Lion Brewing, 24 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. so that appropriate manager can be informed and handle the donation.

• Any donations which include a keg will require a $75 keg deposit. Any donation which involves a hand tap will require a $25 tap deposit. These deposits are 100% non-negotiable. Deposits can be in the form of cash or credit card and will be returned in full upon the safe return of the keg and/or tap.

• We reserve the right to deny any donation request, and a successful donation request one year does not guarantee the same success year after year.

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 print, fill out and mail us the following information to: 
Attn: Gift/Donations
Young Lion Brewing,
24 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424