Queens’ first big brewery since prohibition, SingleCut, experimented with matzo and peppercorns in the spirit of the holidays.
On Christmas Eve the second annual Woks and Lox nosh party and dinner was hosted at the Queens Kickshaw, a restaurant in Astoria.
In addition to feasting on a menu created by Chichi Wang, a food writer and recipe developer who knows her way around a kitchen, there was mahjong playing, “Bar Mitzvah-esque partying” and yes — beer drinking.
SingleCut tweaked its limited edition Jan Olympic White Lagrrr!, named for guitarist Jan Ackermanof the band Focus, for the party. The brewing team crafted 50 kegs of it, but in the spirit of Woks and Lox they added some extra ingredients.
“The matzo represents the lox and adds some mouthfeel to the beer, and the peppercorns represent the woks, adding a slight spiciness and a sweet aroma,” Assistant Brewer Brian Dwyer said. “The Queens Kickshaw was the first place interested in SingleCut, so when they came to us with the event, it was a no brainer.”
The Jan was the brewery’s most popular offering in a recent tasting, Dwyer said.
“I had reservations about if these flavors would work together, but then I tasted it. It had some interesting notes and I really enjoyed it,” said Veronica Chan, a freelance product marketer and content manager for food websites.
Chan coproduced the second annual Woks and Lox party with Jeff Orlick, a Jackson Heights food connoisseur who has helped create festivals such as Viva la Comida, the Flushing Mall Grazing Experience and Trick or Eat Elmhurst.
The Queens Kickshaw has served everything the brewery has fermented so far, the Pacific NW Dean Mahogany Ale and the 19-33 Lagrrr!. The restaurant never repeats a beer — so when it’s gone, it’s gone.
SingleCut opened to the public for the first time on Dec. 8, with more than 1,200 people showing up for the first sips.