On Saturday New York City’s newest brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths, opened to widespread praise. Astoria locals, politicians, and beer geeks gathered in the tap room for a ribbon cutting and the first taste of SingleCut’s beers. Owner Rich Buceta and Queens Councilman Peter Vallone cut the ribbon together while the crowd sampled the 19-33 Lagrrr, an easy-drinking Bohemian Style Lager, and “Dean” PNW Mahogany Ale, a hoppy homage to the Pacific Northwest. The beers were well-liked by the crowd, which seemed evenly split over which beer was their favorite.
In addition to the bar, where you can order samples or get growlers to go, the taproom holds a couple of large tables (without chairs or stools), and a balcony where bands will play. The brewery has very high ceilings which amplify the loudness of a large group, so you may want to visit early or at an off time. The tap room will also be available to rent out for parties. There isn’t food available and the strip mall across the street didn’t seem like it has the best options, so if you want food we suggesting picking some up on your walk through Astoria from the Astoria-Ditmars subway stop.
For a brewery making its first step into the market it is a surprisingly large operation. The 35 bbl brew house should be able to provide a steady supply to local bars and restaurants. In contrast to the majority of the craft beer movement, which has a heavy focus on ales, Singlecut will feature lagers prominently. To do this the brewery has installed two lagering tanks.
The brewery plans to begin as draft only and start by distributing their beer in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.
SingleCut is located at 19-33 37th St. in Astoria. The closest subway stop is the last stop on the N or Q train. The taproom is now open Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m.