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Glendale’s Finback Brewery set to open in May


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The Finback Brewery will finally surface on May 10, the Glendale establishment announced via Twitter Wednesday.

Craft beer makers Kevin Stafford and Basil Lee were planning to open the Queens brewery last November, but construction delayed its debut.

Lee, a Harvard-educated architect, and Stafford, an art designer, were frequent home brewers, but finally decided to take the leap a few years ago to open a full brick-and-beer location.

The name Finback Brewery is a tribute to the Finback whale that washed up on the shores of Breezy Point in 2012.

In the past few months the brewery has been selling its beer in bars around Queens and in the city.

 

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Glendale’s Finback Brewery to launch beer at local bars despite setbacks


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Glendale’s Finback Brewery won’t open for a few more months, but the beer is finally coming to the surface.

The brewery, which was originally supposed to open in November last year, has been delayed by construction issues, but founders Basil Lee and Kevin Stafford are introducing three Finback beers at three bars around the city.

The brewery will have launch events for the beer at The Owl Farm bar in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Jimmy’s No. 43 in Manhattan on Thursday, and Forest Hills Station House in Queens on Jan. 28.

The three beers are Pilot X IPA, a citrusy drink filled with Summit, Chinook and Columbus hops, and hints of pink grapefruit; Puffin Smoked Porter, American porter filled with roast subtle hazelnut aroma and a smoky backbone from cherry wood smoked malt, and hints of chocolate; and Double Sess Wit, brewed with Szechuan peppercorns, ginger and chamomile.

The pair hopes to introduce the beer at other bars in the city, including The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria, and are shooting to open the brewery’s tasting room in late February or March, according to the owners.

“We’re working hard to finish the tasting room and open the brewery for beer and tours,” the owners said in an email. “We wish we could welcome you all to the brewery right now, but alas, NYC contractors have their own way of working, or not working…Rest assured we’re busy making beer and getting it out to our favorite local watering holes. Hopefully we’ll get the tasting room open in the next couple months.”

 

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Glendale brewery set to open next month


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Something’s brewing in Glendale.

Craft beer makers Kevin Stafford and Basil Lee, Brooklyn residents, are building Finback Brewery in the Queens neighborhood and planning to open in November.

Lee, a Harvard-educated architect, and Stafford, an art designer, were frequent home brewers, but finally decided to take the leap a few years ago to open a full brick-and-beer location.

“I like it, because it’s creative. Making beer is like an art,” Stafford said. “There are so many different variables and so many different ingredients that go into the beers. It’s a fun art.”

After deciding to open the brewery they searched for a location throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Finding the large building at 78-01 77th Avenue was akin to the “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” tale, they said.

“One thing or another wouldn’t work, it’s too expensive, it’s too small, the ceiling is too low,” Lee said. “We didn’t know Glendale well, but we loved the space.”

When completed, the brewery, named Finback Brewery in tribute to the finback whale that washed up on the shores of Breezy Point last year, will have a tasting section and catering room for special events. They already have many ideas for favors and some craft beers lined up, including a hops-filled American India Pale Ale, which is citrusy, and “double sess,” which is flavored with ginger and peppercorns. They also hope to barrel age and brew various sour beers.

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The brewery is only now beginning to take shape. The brewing vats are in place and most of the walls have been carved out, but there is quite a lot of work left to be done.

The pair is also hoping to raise $28,000 through the crowd-funding site, Kickstarter. The money is for extra equipment and the pair has already garnered more than $18,000.

The pair will host a grand opening party, with a date to be announced.

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