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Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Three Heads Brewing (186 Atlantic Ave., 14607) have collaborated on a new beer: Rochester PILSharmonic.

“We love this city and everyone who makes it such an amazing place to be. Partnering with the RPO is a no-brainer since it’s been such an institution in this city for as long as we can remember,” says Three Heads Brewing’s Minister of Mayhem Geoff Dale. “We’ve been kicking around this idea for a couple of years and are so honored to have this come to fruition.”

The German-style Pilsner is brewed with Bohemian Pilsner Malt; German Perle, Saphir and Hallertau Tradition Hops; and Traditional Bavarian Yeast. It will make its world premiere this Wednesday, February 9, at 5 p.m. at the brewery, with a celebratory fanfare by RPO trumpeters Herb Smith, Doug Prosser, and Wes Nance, followed by the tapping of the first keg of Rochester PILSharmonic in the Three Heads Tasting Room.

The new beer will be carried by area Wegmans and will also make an appearance in the upcoming digital RPO 2022-23 Season Announcement, which will debut on Wednesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at Music Director Andreas Delfs and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik shot some of the announcement at Three Heads as well.

“I really enjoyed hanging out with Andreas at the brewery and talking about my two favorite subjects: music and the RPO,” says Jeff. “Add to that, a superb new Pilsner to taste and you have a very special morning. YES, I did drink a beer at 10:30 a.m. in the spirit of this special occasion.”

“Jeff and I had a great time chatting about our upcoming season – and sampling the Rochester PILSharmonic – and we invite everyone to see the result in our February 23rd Season Announcement,” adds Andreas.

The official Rochester PILSharmonic launch and tasting event will take place later this month at Three Heads Brewing.

About Three Heads Brewing: Dan Nothnagle, Todd Dirrigl, and Geoff Dale started out brewing beers in their Brighton basement.  That weekend get-together has blossomed into an award-winning, state-of-the-art brewery in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts.  As they enter their second decade of business, they look forward to continuing their passion while highlighting their love for this city.

About the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: The RPO has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its origins in 1922. The RPO presents approximately 150 concerts and broadcasts a year, serving up to 170,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Music Director Andreas Delfs joins the ranks of former notable RPO music directors, including Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman, Mark Elder, and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, now in his 28th season, has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his tenure with the RPO. The RPO reaches more than 15,000 youth through its specific education programs.

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