After months of buzz and anticipation, we were thrilled to join dozens of fellow craft-beer lovers in Astoria for the official grand opening of SingleCut Beersmiths tap room on Saturday, which kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Queens Councilman Peter F. Vallone. We were one of the lucky few who got an early preview of the brewery back in October, but seeing the brand spankin’ new space completed and bustling with patrons sampling the crisp 19-33 Lagrr and deliciously hoppy PNW Mahogany Ale (our fave so far) was proof positive that the borough’s largest post-prohibition era microbrewery (along with Rockaway Brewing Company in Hunter’s Point) is going to be a huge success.
The tap room, which is currently open on Thursdays and Fridays, 5-8pm and Saturdays, 12-6pm, is a stunner. It’s bright, airy and welcoming, but the rustic no-nonsense vibe is what we love most. Sipping on a tasty beer while sitting right next to the big stacked bags of hops varieties (and within feet from the massive lagering tanks!) from which it came is what craft beer is all about and SingleCut does it right in every way. In addition to the communal tables and stools, there’s also a sizable loft area that appears to be set up for live music, which would be stellar.
We spoke to Rich Buceta, SingleCut’s founder, who told us that in addition to tours, they’re already booking private parties and events. We can’t wait to taste SingleCut’s other brews and look forward to the seasonal offerings as well. The tap room is certainly a place we see ourselves visiting for a few pints (and a growler to go) on lazy Saturdays. So swing by the tap room and show SingleCut some love or head over to Queens Kickshaw, which is currently offering the 19-33 Lagrr and Mahogany Ale on tap. Be on the lookout for SingleCut on tap at other local bars, too.