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Building a Brewery From Scratch

“People want to see hard work, they don’t want to see a new brewery show up. They want to see something that grew from a seed,” says Rich Castagna, founder, owner and brewer of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery in Queens. This philosophy could not be more true in his case. Castagna and his family have…

Good Beer Seal #BeerAdventure Recap

Comment on this post with your favorite Good Beer Seal bar and why (from now until August 7)! You’ll enter into a giveaway to win a Family Meal for up to 8 people (drinks not included) at Beer Table, worth $200. Please leave us a way to contact you (website, email, etc.). We will choose one person at random to receive this awesome giveaway! So we visited all 41 Good Beer Seal bars in one month. You’ve already read our advice if you’d like to do it yourself and what we learned along the way. It was a lot of…

Sunswick 35/35, Astoria

The only Queens bar that holds the Good Beer Seal is Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria. Sunswick 35/35 oozes neighborhood bar feel. It’s small, with a handful of tables and a long bar. Locals of all ages order and chat about craft beers. When you visit you may even get a chance to chat with Tom, the man behind the beer selection, who talks to customers and seems to have his fingers on the pulse of the craft beer movement. He knows how to keep his regulars happy and bring in new customers with events – like tap takeovers – that feature…

Alewife, Long Island City

We understand, we really do. When you see “Queens,” and you live in Manhattan or Brooklyn, you think it’s too far. And some places in Queens are just too far. But Alewife is less than a five minute walk from the first stop in Queens (after Grand Central) on the 7 train. So it could easily take you only 15 minutes to get there from Manhattan. The space is cavernous with high ceilings downstairs, a sizeable upstairs and patio. The menu is comprised of gastro-pub fare: burgers, pizza salad, and garlicky fries that don’t need any ketchup to be  delicious.…

BeerUnion Takes on the Good Beer Seal Bars

One of the best ways to get to know the beer scene in NYC is to visit the Good Beer Seal bars. As we’ve previously mentioned, the seal recognizes independently owned bars that have a focus on bringing craft beer and quality imports to the community. Since starting four years ago, the bars have organized July as Good Beer Month to promote each other and to hold special events. We’ve decided to take on the challenge of going to each of the bars (there are now 40) by the end of July. We will use the next couple of weeks…

Pick of the Weekend: Czech and Slovak Festival

Despite the recent weather, Memorial Day is still the unofficial start of summer, a great time for enjoying beer gardens (the actual number of real beer gardens in the city is up for debate. See Brew York, New York’s explanation). The Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria is one of the true beer gardens and will be hosting its Czech and Slovak Festival Saturday and Sunday to celebrate all things Czech and Slovakian. This includes some great traditional beers to wash down the delicious sausage and dumplings.