A railhead is the beginning or the end of the line. For craft brewer Dave Woolever and his partner, Michael McCumiskey, the RailHead Brewing Company is the beginning of a great new adventure.
For craft beer lovers, it's the perfect place to end up if you're looking to experience excellent brews.
When it came time to pursue their dream of opening their own brewery, Dave and Michael could have gone anywhere. After all, Dave was learning his craft at Rohrbachs Brewery and they had both been living in Rochester for a few years.
But both young men grew up in Hornell, raised on stories about the railroad – Hornell had once been the primary maintenance facility for the entire Erie line – and about Hornell Brewing Company which had thrived, in one form or another, for over 55 years.
When it came time to chase their dream, they both knew it was time to bring some tradition back to the Maple City.
And it's no wonder, really, that the name, the dcor, even the location of the new brewery all pay homage to Hornell's rich past. But make no mistake, RailHead Brewing Company has its eyes on the future which is why the most important element of all is crafting great beers.
Stop by for a tasting and discover for yourself why RailHead has been so popular with locals and tourists alike since it first opened its doors. Try a delicious brick-oven pizza – we might suggest the Margherita or Chicken & Arugula; sample tasty brews like the Saison, American Wheat, German-style Altbier, and the popular pub-style Oatmeal Stout; and enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere of a brew pub with a hometown feel.