Queens Beer Week celebrates local craft brewers
by Chase Collum
Apr 30, 2014 | 1905 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To celebrate the growing number of craft breweries in Queens, several bars and tap rooms opened their venues to the inaugural Queens Beer Week, a 10-day slosh fest that turned out to be a smashing success.

Bringing together established local breweries like the Beyond Kambucha, SingleCut Beersmiiths, Big Alice and Rockaway with fledgling operations like Bridge and Tunnel, Finback and Terminal, the week-long brouhaha stayed mostly in Astoria, but also made it as far out as the Barrier brewing company’s Ocean City location and a loft party in the Rockaways.

On Fri., April 17, the cozy and cabin-esque Crescent and Vine kicked off the week of events by debuting four beers from the brand new Transmitter Brewery,

“We were really excited to be debuting our beers for Beer Week,” said Transmitter co-founder Anthony Accardi. “It’s been a lot of work getting ready for this but it has been worth it.”

In total, more than 60 bars and restaurants participated in the event. Daniel Bronson, the event organizer, hosted several toasts to the brewers throughout the week, and at the end, he couldn’t have been happier with the way things turned out.

“The inaugural Queens Beer Week was a success beyond our highest expectation," Bronson said. "The community was so supportive of all the local bars, restaurants, and breweries who participated. It was a great experience getting to see the whole borough raising a glass together and supporting their neighborhood. We're already in planning for 2015, and we'll be making a big push for more participation in Eastern and Southern Queens. But first, I think I think I need a nap and a glass of wine."

Bringing the week to a close, Finback Brewery opened its enormous new tap room in Glendale to the public for the first time, serving several of their own brews as well as a lineup of beers from Queens Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel, SingleCut, Beyond Kambucha and Big Alice.

“We moved into this space in June last year, and we look forward to having the tasting room open three to four days a week soon,” said Basil Lee, Finback’s co-founder and brewer. “Just like all these other guys out here, we got into this because we just had a passion for beer and for searching out new and interesting things. I think that is why you have so many great beers being made in Queens right now.”

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