Monday, June 11, 2012
Singlecut Beersmiths Coming Soon
Last week, Meg and I had the pleasure to attend a great blogger pre-launch party for Singlecut Beersmiths, Astoria's very own brewery that's coming to North Western Astoria this fall. Everyone's been getting excited for their big launch, so it was really nice to get over there, meet the guys behind the beer and to hear more about what we can expect out of their venture.
The event was hosted at 5 Napkin Burger, which was the monthly meeting place of Singlecut's brewers for quite some time (via BrewAstoria), even when Singlecut was still a loose concept. Rich, the brewery's President and Head Brewer gave us a bit of history behind this new establishment and we got to observe first hand just how enthusiastic the folks behind this venture really are about beer. They live, breathe, and of course drink it. They are beer!
Hosted in the 5 Napkin Burger main dining room as well as in the private entertaining space in the back of the restaurant, the event was a lot of fun, simply because of how communal and social it was. Conducive to meeting new folks and reuniting with old friends, we mixed and mingled in the main tasting room (that's where all the Singlecut beer was poured) as well in the main dining room before and after Rich's presentation.
I loved seeing friends from the neighborhood such as Ben and Jen from the Queens Kickshaw, as well as fellow blogger and Twitter friends such as Astoria Haiku, nyc8675309 and others, which made the event feel like a true community affair. We enjoyed "unveiling" our identities to each other, chatting, eating and exchanging our experiences.
I had two tastes of Singlecut beer, including the Queens Lager as well as one of their IPAs. The former was my favorite, light in color but really intense in taste and alcohol level. It had a pleasantly bitter quality that had an almost buttery finish at the end of each gulp. I also really loved it because it does a great job of elevating Queens (through its namesake) and showcasing its richness.
If you didn't make it out to this event but are still interested in checking out Singlecut before they officially open, check them out on June 29th at the Socrates Sculpture park 25th Anniversary shin-dig.
Singlecut Beersmiths - 19-33 37th Street, Astoria NY 11105
N/Q Train to Ditmars Blvd