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Passions for coffee and beer collide at Fifth Frame

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In bowling, the fifth frame is commonly referred to as the beer frame; whoever has the lowest score buys the next round. When Jon Mervine, Wade Reed, and Jarred Foster were looking for a name for a new venture combining their passions for coffee and beer, the name Fifth Frame Brewing Co. seemed like a perfect fit. Mervine and his mother had even made some tables out of an old bowling alley years ago that now have a home in the new space at 155 St. Paul Street.

Mervine was one of the co-founders and brewers at Roc Brewing, and Reed and Foster cut their teeth at Joe Bean. The three had been kicking around the idea for this business — a combination microbrewery and coffee roaster — for a few years, and when Mervine was offered a job opportunity on the West Coast, it was a real "come to Jesus" moment. They decided to go for it.

Reed will be in charge of the roasting, which along with the brewing will be done in an off-site facility about half a mile away from the retail space. The brewery will have a 10-barrel system, and there will definitely be collaborations between the roastery and the brewery. "Don't be surprised if you see a breakfast stout or a coffee and chocolate stout," Mervine says.

When it comes to what other kinds of beer Mervine will be brewing, he doesn't discriminate. "Any and all beers," he says, "we'll be able to do some really fun things and have them go away when they're ready to go and put some new stuff on."

On the food menu, you'll find donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and biscuits — even birthday cake. The Ah, Honey Honey ($3) biscuit is served with honey butter, while the Oh, Sugar Sugar ($3.50) adds cinnamon and sugar. The Momelette Sammie ($5.50) combines mushrooms, onion jam, and egg. The Classic ($6) sandwich has pork sausage, sharp cheddar, and egg.

As for the coffee program: "Espresso and drip is what we want to focus on," says Mervine. "We've invested a lot in the technology to make pour over, quality drip coffee in a batch brew to save the customer time and money. Our espresso machine is amazing, we can do some really cool things that Rochester will appreciate once they actually get to try it." Drip coffee ranges in price from $1.75 to $2.75. Espresso drinks, depending on the espresso to milk ratio, ranges in price from $2.50 to $4.50.

"The three of us met through doing what we are actually now doing in business. It's 100 percent passion driven," Mervine says. "It just so happens that we love and enjoy and aren't that bad at what we do."

Fifth Frame Brewing Co. is located at 155 St. Paul Street, and is open every day, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. fifthframe.co.

Quick bites

Boxcar (127 Railroad Street) will host a Monster Bash on Friday, October 27, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., with Halloween-themed donuts, along with the debut of Boxcar's new bar program and dinner and cocktail specials. Costumes are not required, but encouraged.

Hart's Local Grocers (10 Winthrop Street) and Writers & Books will host an all-ages Halloween Celebration on Saturday, October 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Treats will be passed out from each department, and there will be face painting and a Halloween storybook reading. Costumes are not required, but encouraged.

The Rochester Public Market (280 North Union Street) will host the second annual Halloween Eve celebration on Sunday, October 29, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for kids to test out their costumes and receive treats, and for parents to get information about community programs and services. There will also be hayrides, a "Bat Appreciation Booth," and the Rec on the Move mobile recreation center. More information at cityofrochester.gov/halloweeneve/.

Lost Borough Brewing Co. (543 Atlantic Avenue), along with Rochester A-List and Sip and Savour Rochester, will host a slider and craft beer pairing on Monday, November 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Five local chefs will provide sliders to pair with a selection from Lost Borough's roster of beers. Tickets are $25 and include a flight of five beers paired with sliders. Search for Lost Borough Brewing Co. on eventbrite.com for tickets.

Knucklehead Craft Brewing (426 Ridge Road, Webster) will host a five-course food and beer tasting on Monday, November 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets (only 40 available) are $65 and can be purchased with cash only at the brewery.

Openings

Starla Bake and Brew (125 White Spruce Boulevard, Suite 200), a new coffee shop and bakery, has opened.

Closings

JB's Smokehouse (211 Main Street, East Rochester) has closed, but it will still offer catering services.

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