Queens’ first big brewery since prohibition will open on Saturday, Dec. 8.
SingleCut Brewery, at 19-33 37 St. in Astoria, named after a type of guitar and run by a band of beer brewing guitarists, will be grinding, fermenting, perfecting and distributing at least five beers in the coming weeks.
“Some breweries brew some parts outside the brewery, especially in New York City,” Assistant Brewer Brian Dwyer said. “We brew everything right here.”
In addition to brewing in house, SingleCut will be permitted to distribute its own product because of its not too big, not too small size.
The brewery will serve five beers from guitar-neck taps in its tasting room and from kegs: 19-33 Lagrrr!, named for the establishment’s address with the unique Queens-centric dash and also coincidently the year prohibition ended; Bob Sunburst Finish Lagrrr!; Dean Mahogany Ale; Billy 18-Watt IPA; and Billy Half-Stack IPA. They will add to these core five with a host of seasonal and limited recipes they will make from time to time.
The beers are either aggressively hoppy or a unique spin on a lager, which the brewers made a point to spell with “a little grrr,” Dwyer said, as in the 19-33 Lagrrr!
“They are unique lagers, not just yellow fizzy beers,” he added.
To make their special lager, SingleCut Brewery houses two horizontal lager tanks — unique to a brewery of its size. In these type-specific containers the brewers will create “Lagrrr!s” that have more malt on the whole, and experiment with a range of variations from spicy to dark.
As for the names, they pay tribute for the most part to the brewers’ favorite bands. For example the Dean Mahogany Ale is named after Dean DeLeo of the Stone Temple Pilots, a favorite band of SingleCut’s owner, Richard Buceta.
Buceta and Dwyer met several years ago when they both worked for Greenpoint Beer Works. Since leaving, Buceta, an Astoria native who now lives in Manhattan, devoted his efforts to opening SingleCut and Dwyer spent some time as a sales representative for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Both are home brewers — Dwyer with four years under his belt and Buceta clocking in about 10.
For the first two years the brewery will mostly sell kegs — not bottles. However, those not in the market for a full keg can purchase 32-ounce and 64-ounce growlers for about $8 and $15, depending on the beer. Both will be available at Saturday’s opening — or guests can bring their own jug.
Pints cannot be served in the tasting room, for now, but all samples will be free during December and then will go for a nominal price, Dwyer said.
SingleCut will open for free tours on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. A record player will fill the 5,000-square-foot space with the brewers’ favorite bands and on some nights Queens-based groups will perform on the brewery’s lofted stage. The steel and wood venue is also available for private parties — in fact a wedding reception will take over an hour after the opening, which will run during regular Saturday tasting room hours from noon to 6 p.m., on Dec. 8.
A microbrewery called Rockaway Brewing Company opened nearby in Hunters Point in June.