Something’s Brewing in Queens at Singlecut

Singlecut Beermsmiths, Queens

Cool facts about Queens, New York:

  • It is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
  • Queens is packed with attractions including Flushing Meadows Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, Silvercup Studios and was established in 1683.
  • On December 8th the first microbrewery to open in Queens since prohibition opened its doors.

Yes, we know – a brewery! Singlecut is housed in 5,000 square feet of awesomeness where fans can find a production facility and tap room as well as a live music stage on the north side of Astoria, near the historic Steinway & Sons factory.

Opened by Queens native, Rich Buceta, the destination has become a hot hangout for locals and from Thursday to Sunday the entire space is open for tours. Beer lovers can also come get a growler, grab a meat pie and listen to some live music. When live bands aren’t on stage one can expect to hear some vinyl and classic rock, befitting an all American beer hall.

What sets Singlecut apart is its focus on lagers. “Most craft beers focus on ales because they are cheaper and easier to make,” explains Rich, “but we wanted to change peoples’ perception on lagers.” He continues, “People think of their grandfathers’ beers when they think of lagers: PBR, Bud, Coors, Miller, but we are making them more full bodied and adding a little excitement to that category.”

The guys bought two horizontal lagering tanks, whereas most buy a vertical tank,  then let the beer mature for a minimum of two weeks. They make hoppy ales too since that is what many people are used to but we suggest going in and sampling what they do best, a full bodied lager. But steady on, don’t be that guy rocking out solo at the end of the bar shouting for Skynyrd.