2020 is the year of cancellations and you can add the annual Genesee Keg Tree to the list.

The Genesee Brewery in Rochester has been putting up a Keg Tree since 2013. The tradition of building a tree from 500 empty kegs and 25,000 lights won't happen due to the coronavirus pandemic this year.

Photo Credit - John Kucko
Photo Credit - John Kucko

“With safety as our top priority, we made the decision to forgo the Genesee Keg Tree this season,” Inga Grote-Ebbs, Genesee brand director, said in a news release. “While we will miss the big party and our favorite seasonal spectacle, we’re excited to celebrate in a different way, by sharing two new seasonal beers for fans to enjoy at home.”

The Genesee Brewery it will release two seasonally beers instead this year: A re-release of its Reisky & Spies bourbon barrel-aged old ale and a new cranberry orange cream ale. Both will be released Friday, December 4th but you can pre-order at Geneseebeer.com.

This year we'll just have to enjoy the lighting of the Genesee Keg Tree from 2019 and wait for the 2021 holiday season when it will return.

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