Something new is brewing in Queens
by Kathleen Lees
Dec 05, 2012 | 2327 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And a new brewery in Astoria will give Queen’s residents a chance to do just that.

Located at 19-33 37th St., SingleCut Beersmiths slated its scheduled opening date early this year after passing the necessary inspections and permits for the facility. “It’s great. We’re basically there and we’re opening on the 8th,” Brian Dwyer, one of Singlecut’s founders, said.

According to the Queens Historical Society, several breweries operated in Ridgewood and College Point before Prohibition. Following that, Burke Brewery opened in Long Island City until its closing in 1954, and Rockaway Brewing Company, a new microbrewery, opened in Hunters Point this past June.

Still, SingleCut Beersmiths will be the largest brewery to grace Queens in decades. “We’ve had the idea for so long,” Dwyer said.

The idea for SingleCut’s has been brewing for a few years now, according to Dwyer. All of its founders met through their love of beer and music. Five years ago, Rich Bucheta, the company’s president and head brewer who had been brewing beer at home, quit his advertising job to work at Greenpoint Beer Works.

As guitarists, Dwyer said they named the store after a specific cut of guitar made by the company Gibson.

“It also goes along with our tag line, ‘mastery knows no short cut,’” Dwyer said, which is proudly painted on the outside of the brewery’s building. SingleCut’s mascot, Rulpsen the robot, German for “belch”, is also painted on the doorway.

Opening during a difficult time for many area businesses hit by Hurricane Sandy, Dwyer said their company is hoping to help other bars and restaurants that might be suffering from beer shortages. “A lot of major food contributors in this area have had trouble because of the storm, and if people are having trouble getting beer, we can help them,” he said.

The brewery will be producing five new beers that will be available year-round – including 19-33 Lagrrr!, Bob Sunburst Finish Lagrrr!, Dean Pacific NW Mahogany Ale, Billy 18-Watt India Pale Ale, and Billy Half-Stack India Pale Ale.

Once open, the public can enjoy the brewery’s tap room every Saturday, according to Dwyer, with tastes of PNW Mahogany Ale and one-liter growlers for saleduring the grand opening.

At the end of the day, though, the company has no current plans for expansion, Dwyer said the staff is content to be brewing. “We’re just happy to be selling beer,” he said.

To find out more about SingleCut Beersmiths, visit their website at

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