The story of Swiftwater began with Andy Cook (Owner/ Head Brewer), and a tight-knit group of family and friends volunteering to help. Over time the Swiftwater team has grown to include neighbors, community members and patrons, all of us in some way driven by the premise that it’s the corners of life, the places that aren’t your home and aren’t your work, that make the years that much sweeter for everyone.
When visiting the brewery and tap room you’ll see the heart of Swiftwater in every detail. Kayaks tucked in the walls harkening back to Andy’s days as a whitewater kayak instructor. You’ll see the bar and tables were handmade of rich black walnut, milled from trees grown on Andy’s family’s farm.
The farm also provides close 80% of the barley used in our beer. The grain is then malted less than 8 miles from the brewery by Pioneer Malting. This allows us control over our base malt, including selection of variety and degree of kilning during the malting process. In addition to the local malt, Swiftwater works with several local hop suppliers and other local purveyors to supply any beer additions we may need including, coffee beans and fruit. We strive to use New York State produced ingredients whenever possible and look to work with other businesses who share the same passion and commitment to the Rochester community.
Keeping our suppliers local also helps us in our ongoing efforts to decrease our environmental impact. It is a point of pride at Swiftwater that we often produce less trash than we do recyclables. This is further supported by our extensive composting program and a conscious effort to reduce what materials are brought into the brewery in the first place. The natural environment gives us all of what we need to make beer; it is our job to help nurture the future of this environment!
Our mission is to create high quality, innovative beer while providing an atmosphere for our customers and colleagues that foster camaraderie and acceptance. We love our community and cannot thank it enough for the love we receive from them. We hope you will enjoy our beer as much as we love making it!