Over 1,200 people packed into a small warehouse in Astoria this past weekend to celebrate the grand opening of SingleCut Beersmiths.
Those in attendance were given an interesting drinking experience, as they made their way from the bar with its guitar-shaped taps to the brewery where the beer was made.
“I think this is cooler than the Brooklyn Brewery,” said Brooklyn transplant and Sunnyside resident Darin Roberts, noting the inviting feel the large table gave the tap room, noting that SingleCut, located at 19-33 37th Street, has “more of a raw feeling.”
This tap room will be open to the public every Thursday and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m.
However, the ambiance isn't what drew Roberts to the event, it was the beer. He said that if he saw any of the beers made by the SingleCut brewery in a bar, which he will soon, he will absolutely buy a pint.
The brewery has announced five new beers that will be produced in house. These include 19-33 Lagrrr!, Bob Sunburst Finish Lagrrr!, Dean Pacific NW Mahogany Ale, Billy 18-Watt India Pale Ale, and Billy Half-Stack India Pale ale.
Mark Muecke, head of sales at Singlecut, was holding a beer in each hand as he made his way through the crowded warehouse. It was three years ago that he decided to change his career path and began working as an intern at Greenpoint Beer Works.
There he met Rich Burke, who was working as a brewer at the time, and had the ambition to start a brewery in Queens.
The two hit it off and Burke asked Muecke if he would be head of sales at a brewery he would one day open. Thinking about the past Muecke laughed, and said that the question was a “no-brainer.”
Muecke said that being part of a start-up has been a great experience.
“Because we're a small company there is no bureaucracy,” he said. “There is no one cracking the whip, you do your job and you do it well.” Muecke called the hand-picked group of workers a small family he trusts with his life.
He said that bars and restaurants in Queens are excited about SingleCut because they want to be involved with a local brewery. Muecke said that bars and restaurant in Queens have already agreed to sell their products.
One restaurant, Queens Kickshaw of Astoria, started pouring the beer the same night as the grand opening. Employees even came to pick up the kegs from the SingleCut warehouse during the event.
Likewise, bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan have agreed to stock the new beer. When asked what he sees for the future of the growing brewery, Muecke said, “lots of beer, lots of parties, and lots of hangovers.