Sunday, January 12, 2014

SingleCut Beersmiths: A Flight You Need to Take.

5 Beer Sampler at SingleCut Beersmiths
Just a few blocks north of the Astoria/Ditmars subway in Queens, in an unassuming semi-industrial area, stands a relatively new but noteworthy entrant into the New York City beer scene. SingleCut Beersmiths, born on December 8, 2012, is the first micro-brewery to open in Queens, complete with a tap room to showcase the rotating draft beers available. All beers are brewed on site and you might even be able to procure a brewery tour if the tap room isn’t too busy.

An assortment of year-round and seasonal drafts. Ask the bartender to surprise you!
SingleCut Beersmiths creates hoppy ales and lagers, or “lagrrrs!”, as they call them. Try a flight of any 5 beers, in 5 oz tasting glasses, for only $10, served on a tray with an informative insert, like a box of chocolates. Some of the beers really focus on piquant savor, such as the dark stout, “Eric! More Cowbell Milk Stout,” with a sharply sweet chocolate taste, or the “Pacific NW Dean Mahogany Ale,” featuring caramel and toffee flavors. Give these darker beers a few tries if you’re not used to the style. The Mahogany Ale especially surprised me as it began somewhat bitter, but became more pleasing with each sip. Having tried ten out of twelve available drafts, the most solid options for the avid beer drinker seemed to be the golden “Billy” IPA varieties — an “18 Watt,” “Half-Stack,” or “Full-Stack,” with varying levels of hops and ranging in alcohol volumes from 5% to 8.6%, and the robust signature lagrrr, “19-33 Queens Lagrrr!” Find your favorite flavor and take it home in a 32 oz Growlrrr!

The softest pretzel you'll find in New York City, at SingleCut Beersmiths.
There is also a small variety of bar food available to accompany your beer. WGINY recommends the soft pretzel, one of the softest you’ll find in NYC. Try dipping the pretzel in mustard before your next sip, and watch the beer flavor instantly merge with the aftertaste of the spicy yellow mustard. Some of the other food choices available include Shepard’s Pie, bratwurst, and a cheese plate.

SingleCut Beersmiths is located at 19-33 37th Street, Astoria, NY, 11105. The tap room is open Thursdays from 4pm-11pm, Fridays from 4pm-1am, Saturdays from 1pm-1am, and Sundays 1pm-8pm. Brewery tours, when available, are Saturdays at 3pm and 7pm and Sundays at 4pm. Inquire within for private parties.

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