In the spring I went to the 2nd annual Rochester Craft Beer Expo. In the early fall I went to SurlyFest. Both were great times, trying great beers, with some great friends. Beer highlight from the expo was 612 Brew's Rated R, a west coast IPA brewed with rye. Indeed Brewing's Day Tripper was an excellent drink. Big Wood brewing had a good line of beer too.
SurlyFest was fun. I always enjoy going to the Surly brewery. Although the selections this year weren't the best. The food vendors were good, and the music was fun. I'm planning to attend again next year.
I haven't been brewing much this year. But the brewery is back up and running. Just bottled a one gallon test batch I.P.A. that will be ready to sample in a couple weeks. Also just bottled a full 5 gallon batch of cider. That was fun. Took five gallons of pasteurized cider with no preservatives, added a pound or so of turbinado sugar, and Wyeast cider yeast - let that sit for a couple weeks, then racked it into a secondary, over about 2 ounces of ginger juice and a couple slices of ginger. Let it sit for a couple of week, then add corn sugar and bottle it up. Should be drinkable by Thanksgiving, but may be best around Christmas.
Hope it turns out well.