A few weeks back we told you that a new cheese shop in Astoria is opening up on Broadway, next to Astoria Wine & Spirits. Finally! This has been one of the things that Astorians have been craving. DNAinfo talked to Yang Gao, owner of both the wine shop and the impending cheese shop, and reported on their beer and cheese plans, called “Bier and Cheese.”
Beer. They hope to serve over 160 kinds of bottled beers (hopefully by Oktoberfest) and 10 beers on tap (so there will be a bar). Since they are opening up in early fall, expect to see seasonal beers (keyword: pumpkin). They also plan to sell beer from Astoria’s own Singlecut Brewsmiths, Brooklyn Brewery, and a variety of other craft beer from around the country as well as imports. Growlers will be available, too. Gao also wants to charge “Queens prices” – that means, on the average, $5/pint, $2.50/bottle, $10.99/six-pack.
Cheese. They expect to sell 40 different kinds of cheeses made from cow, goat, and sheep milks. Both domestic – a good portion should be locally made, too, as well as some from VT – and imported cheeses from countries like France, Spain, and Switzerland will be available. They hope to carry both pasteurized and raw cheeses.
Their soft opening will be on Saturday, September 29 and they will open up that day around 11am. Their grand opening will happen sometime in October.
One wonders if this is the start of something like Bierkraft in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Is charcuterie and chocolate not far away? We look forward to checking this place out and satisfying our curiosity and craving for quality beer and cheese.