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“The one thing that really separates us is that webrew our own beer,” says Don Cotter, co-ounderand co-owner. “We are a ully operationalbrewery and with Dave’s background we havetremendous success.”That would be Dave Schlosser, co-ounder andbrewmaster at Naked Dove, who has held headbrewmaster positions at Rohrbachs, CustomBrewcraters and High Falls Brewing Company(Genesee.) Together with Cotter, he developedthe Dundee line o crat beers. Schlosser alsoholds and MBA rom the Simon School at theUniversity o Rochester.Schlosser and Cotter, along with Schlosser’scousin Ken Higgins o New Jersey, got togetherand ormed Naked Dove in 2008, then workedtogether to create this 15-barrel brewhousethat opened in Canandaigua in 2010. It’s beennothing but un or the team who has ullycommitted to both the art and science o brewing great beer.“Dave is always brewing up something special,”says Cotter. “In addition to the year-roundoerings, his beer ranges rom a Helles Lageron the lighter side to a Belgian Double, usingtraditional Belgian Trappist yeast, to manystyles in between.”This all, Naked Dove is brewing a traditionalOctoberest, but also a highly anticipated beerusing local hops rom Pederson Farms in SenecaCastle. The Harvest Ale, also known as a wet hopor resh hop beer, is brewed within 24 hours o harvesting the hops.“Pederson Farms has dedicated about 10 acreso the 1,000 acre arm to the production o hops,” says Cotter. “Having the arm 8 milesrom the brewery allows the hops to literally begoing rom vine to kettle within a ew hours o harvest.”Last year Schlosser made a double batch,assuming this would last a month. But accordingto Cotter, it only lasted about two weeks.“People loved the unique avor o this beer andembraced the concept o a local brewery using
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Te guys at Naked Dove Brewery make phenomenal beer. It’s that simple.But their passion to create world class beers and how they do that is what makes them special.With an extensive background in business and a long history in the beer and wine industry, the team at Naked Dove is able to ofer the absolute best beers using local ingredients brewed rom talent and sensibility.
local hops. This year, we’re making our timesthe normal brew size,” says Cotter.The oerings at Naked Dove are growing,both in what they brew and their distribution.Currently the brewery provides their beer to70 bars and restaurants in the area. They pridethemselves on sel-distribution, along witha ew other actors that makes them standapart.Their tasting room, according to Cotter, has aloyal ollowing o regular customers, “regularswho fll their growlers because they love thebeer,” says Cotter.They also welcome the newcomers, locals ortourists, who love the beer and experienceo being at a ully-operational brewery asopposed to a contract-brewery.Finally, Cotter says he and his crew just lovebeing part o the grandeur o the Finger Lakesregion.“People on their journey, tourists, or localsstopping in, it’s just a great place to be,” hesays.Both Cotter and Schlosser mean that, althoughneither are rom the area. Schlosser hailed inrom Massachusetts, and Cotter rom Caliorniawhere he held positions at Gallo Wine, andeventually Canandaigua Wine Company(Constellation Brands,) and High Falls BrewingCompany (Genesee.)Also a stop on the Canandaigua Wine Trail,Naked Dove oers our beer styles year-round: Windblown Amber Ale, Starkers IPA,45 Fathoms Porter and Berry Naked BlackRaspberry Ale, and special seasonal brewsall using the best ingredients meeting strictquality standards.“My partner makes outstanding beer,” saysCotter. “But people totally embrace localbusiness using local ingredients with localguys, it’s all wrapped up together.” [Courtesyo Don Cotter, owner, Naked Dove BrewingCompany]
“The Naked Dove Brewing Company joined the Canandaigua Wine Trail in 2011.Dave Schlosser and team produce world-class beers and we are delighted to have them,” says Cathy Fabretti, president,Canandaigua Wine Trail. “Dave and Don are assets not only to the Trail but to the region, they are strong championsof the wines and beers produced here.”