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Get to know a local brewer at the LIC Flea this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Visitors to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend will have the chance to win a free Citi Bike membership while also getting to know more about a local brewery.

The popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be debuting the first event of its “Meet the Maker” series, where visitors will be able to get to know local breweries and speak with the makers behind the product.

This weekend, Finback Brewery will be taking over the LIC Flea Beer Garden and the beer makers, along with the brewery’s owner and founder, will be on hand to share their brewing process and what makes Finback beer unique. Seven different Finback beers will be available to try this weekend.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut, will also now be a place for interactive games. Stop by the beer garden and try your hand at games such as Jenga, Connect Four or even supersized chess.

Citi Bike will also be offering free memberships to some lucky shoppers at the market this weekend as it gets ready to soon make its debut in Queens. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the LIC Flea table and ask about how they can win.

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Long Island City was supposed to be part of the Citi Bike’s initial phase, which debuted in 2013, but was pushed back after equipment damages from Superstorm Sandy caused a delay. Last October, the company announced that both LIC and Astoria would be part of a list of neighborhoods in the city that will be receiving the bike docking stations.

This weekend will also feature live music.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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With a three-day weekend on its way, make sure to take a trip down to the LIC Flea & Food to celebrate the holiday.

The popular Long Island City market, located at the waterfront lot at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be filled with fun events this weekend including music from DJ Johnny Seriuss and a cornhole tournament.

The LIC Flea also offers items from over 80 vendors each day. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

When visitors want to take a break from shopping, they can relax at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is the only venue serving all six Queens-brewed beers from local breweries including Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and SingleCut Beersmiths.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Competitors come out for Ridgewood’s first-ever thumb wrestling event


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BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Locals were all thumbs at Thursday night’s first-ever Ridgewood Thumb Wrestling Competition held at Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar.

Five brave competitors squared off in mini plastic rings in a fight for glory, honor, local pride and a free growler fill courtesy of Finback Brewery in Glendale.

The thumb warriors included The Millionaire, The Russler, Mr. Clean, The Madison Assassin and The Gentrifier. William Reder, co-owner of Julia’s, was the event’s referee. Reder read from the Thumb Wrestling Association’s official rulebook regarding match guidelines, including a strict “elbows on the table at all times” policy.

The winner of each match must also yell, “1, 2, 3, 4 … I have won a thumb war!” in order for the win to be valid.


The first match of the night took place between The Madison Assassin and The Gentrifier. As the only female competitor, The Madison Assassin (a.k.a. Madison Street resident Beata Slazak Zalewski), proved to be a formidable opponent, winning her matches against Mr. Clean (Ridgewood resident Chris Dinon) and The Millionaire, as well as one against The Gentrifier. She donned a dramatic black and red satin cape, gold crown and blue lipstick, as well as one very strong thumb painted to resemble a Luchador mask.

“I just thought that it is the most ridiculous idea and totally fun, plus the fact that costumes were encouraged and that it was being held at Julia’s made it an easy decision for me,” Zalewski said.

She was ultimately, however, no match for The Gentrifier, the neighborhood’s most hated villain, clad in gold brocade and a silver Luchador mask. As he stepped up to the miniature ring, The Gentrifier, played by Cowardly Lot Costumes and Props owner Richard Callender, taunted spectators and his opponent by waving his handkerchief and promising to bring high-end retail to the area. The crowds universally booed the wrestling heel despite his early thumb wrestling victory over the Assassin.

“I thought it would be fun and I like participating in things in the neighborhood,” Callender explained afterward.

The Gentrifier and The Madison Assassin faced off against The Russler in the final rounds of the competition. The mysterious, plaid-clad Russler ultimately took home the championship, with The Gentrifier and The Madison Assassin placing second and third, respectively.

The thumb wrestling competition was held in celebration of Queens Beer Week. Competitors and spectators sipped locally made brews, including Finback’s “Little Buddy” American IPA and offerings from Transmitter and Sixpoint breweries.

Start flexing those thumbs, Ridgewood! Reder hopes the fun will catch on and hinted at the possibility of hosting more thumb wrestling competitions at Julia’s in the future.

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LIC Flea & Food to participate in Queens Beer Week


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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When making it down to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend, make sure to grab a cold glass of what Queens has to offer.

The popular Long Island City market, located at the waterfront lot at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be taking part in the second annual Queens Beer Week this Saturday.

Queens Beer Week, which kicked off on May 8, celebrates nine local breweries at over 70 borough-wide participating bars and restaurants. The nine-day celebration includes brewery tours, home brewing demos, tap takeovers, food and beer pairings, pub crawls, and more.

LIC Flea will join LIC-based breweries such as the LIC Beer Project, Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company and Transmitter Brewing on May 16 in offering tours and beer samples.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden is the only venue where visitors can taste all six Queens brewed beers from local breweries including Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and SingleCut Beersmiths.

Queens Beer Week wraps up on May 17, with the celebration of Finback Brewery’s one-year anniversary.

Along with this one-of-a-kind experience, the LIC Flea also offers items from over 80 vendors each day. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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On the hunt for beer and fun at Ridgewood Hair and Hound


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BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

The streets of Ridgewood played host to the first annual Ridgewood Hair and Hound, part bar crawl and part scavenger hunt, on Saturday as part of Queens Beer Week, the nine-day celebration of local beer and breweries that runs through this Sunday.

The Hair and Hound was a collaborative effort between Ridgewood Beer Society founder Stephen Calebro, William Reder of Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar and Finback Brewery‘s Leah Blair.

“We want to support our neighbors while promoting the beer culture that’s developing right now,” Reder said.

Teams of craft beer enthusiasts were given a special map to the participating bars along the route. Each bartender provided the teams with a secret list of clues. The goal was for the teams to photograph objects in each bar based on the set of clues provided.

Queens Tavern, located at 68-69 Fresh Pond Rd., served as the hunt’s starting point. The bar featured specials on locally brewed beer, including Finback’s Double Session ($7), a floral brew spiked with peppercorn and ginger. They also featured pints of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery’s Twenty-Spot and a Switchblade Coffee Cream Ale ($7) infused with ground coffee for a smooth yet bold flavor.

The groups progressed next door to The Monk, a Belgian beer bar located at 68-67 Fresh Pond Rd. Teams were treated to $1 off drafts of Transmitter Brewery’s Saison S 4 Ale ($7), a white wheat malt brew combined with French Saison yeast for a full-bodied fruity flavor with hints of pepper.

Bleachers 67, a vibrant sport bar and grill located at 67-14 Forest Ave., offered specials on drafts of Queens Brewery‘s Queens Lager. Queens Brewery is currently planning to open their doors in Ridgewood in the fall. Their new locale will include a taproom and beer garden.

Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar, located at 818 Woodward Ave., was the fourth stop on the route. The bar featured $2 off specials on Finback Brewery’s aptly named Buddy System Double IPA, a tropical, hoppy brew with bold citrus notes. The sleeper hit, however, was the Kirsch Gose ($5), a refreshing pink sour cherry beer from Victory Brewing Company. According to Reder, this “salty sour” beer was created in the tradition of the old-world German brewing process.

The teams converged on Onderdonk and Sons (566 Onderdonk Ave. at Menahan Street) for a midday meetup and check-in. The bar featured an all Queens lineup of locally made brews on their taps. The list included SingleCut Brewery’s Pilsner, Braven Brewery’s White IPA, Rockaway Brewing Company’s ESB, Queens Lager, Bridge and Tunnel’s Coffee Cream Ale and Finback’s Double Session and IPA brews. Team members enjoyed the popular Onderdonk burger and fries before resuming their hunt.

The Hair and Hound wrapped up at Bierleichen (582 Seneca Ave.) where patrons enjoyed specials on Finback and SingleCut drafts ($6). The ultimate winners of the hunt were the members of Team Gunther, named after a longtime regular patron of Caskey’s Pub, currently Queens Tavern.

Prizes included T-shirts, tote bags and gift certificates to local breweries, including a free growler fill at Finback Brewery in Glendale. Organizers of the Ridgewood Hair and Hound thanked Bridge and Tunnel Brewery’s Rich Castagna for inspiration, as well as Finback Brewery, Transmitter Brewing Company, Braven Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths for sponsoring the event.

Click here for a full schedule of remaining Queens Beer Week events.

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Ridgewood gets ready to thumb-le at wrestling event


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Photo courtesy of Julia's Beer and Wine Bar

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

A Ridgewood bar has given the thumbs-up to the neighborhood’s first-ever thumb wrestling competition this Thursday night.

With the battle cry, “1, 2, 3, and 4…Prepare those thumbs for war,” the event will take place beginning at 6 p.m. at Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar, located at 818 Woodward Ave.

Competitors will have the chance to square off in miniature plastic thumb wrestling rings complete with mini ropes and sponsored by Finback Brewery. A referee will judge the competition based on the official Thumb Wrestling Association (TWA) rules.

William Reder, bartender, brewer and co-partner of Julia’s, described the “tongue-in-cheek” event as a fun, offbeat way to celebrate Queens Beer Week.

“We encourage costumes and stage names,” he explained. “We want this to be more about having fun than competing.”

Ultimately, a champion will be crowned and will enjoy the “glory” of sporting the championship thumb ring. Other prizes will include beer, gift certificates and more from Finback Brewery and Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar.

Registration for the Ridgewood Thumb Wrestling Competition will be held the night of the event, from 6 to 7 p.m. Competitors must be 21 years of age and older to participate and must produce a valid state ID. Tickets for competitors are available here.

Julia’s will feature beer from Queens-based breweries, including Finback, in honor of Queens Beer Week. They also have an extensive menu of New York State wines sourced from small, family-owned vineyards, as well as a delectable menu of small plates, salads and appetizers.

The event is open to the public and cheering is greatly encouraged.

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Queens Beer Week to kick off second year with over 70 venues


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Image via Instagram/@queensbeerweek

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO AND ANGY ALTAMIRANO

Something is brewing in Queens, and in just two weeks you’ll be able to get a cold glass of what the borough has to offer.

The second annual Queens Beer Week will kick off its nine-day celebration of local breweries on May 8, with the final event on May 17.

According to organizer Daniel Bronson, a beer enthusiast and manager of Crescent and Vine in Astoria, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than the previous year, celebrating nine local breweries at over 70 borough-wide participating bars and restaurants.

The celebration will include brewery tours, home brewing demos, tap takeovers, food and beer pairings, pub crawls, and more.

“Queens has such a rich and diverse beer scene,” Bronson said. “We’re a borough home to some of the best neighborhood bars in the country. And although we have more breweries than any other borough, it was hard getting New Yorkers, even us here in Queens, to appreciate that.”

This year’s Queens Beer Week kicks off on May 8, with the official launch of Queens’ newest brewery, LIC Beer Project, at Crescent and Vine, located at 25-03 Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria.

On May 9, Rich Castagna of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery will host the Ridgewood Beer Bar Scavenger Hunt at various bars throughout Ridgewood. Players will search for clues and hidden items at local hot spots such as Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar, The Monk Ale House, Onderdonk & Sons, Bleachers Sports Bar and Queens Tavern.

The official Queens Beer Week Kick-Off Party, which is already sold out, will be held on May 10 at 4 p.m. at LIC Landing, located at 52-10 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City. The event will feature samples and tastings from all of the Queens breweries, including Queens Beer Week IPA, a special collaboration beer made specifically for Queens Beer Week by SingleCut Beersmiths and Barrier Brewing Company.

On May 14, the film “Blood, Sweat and Beer,” a documentary by filmmaker Chip Hiden chronicling the evolution of two start-up breweries, will premiere at SingleCut Beersmiths, located at 19-33 37th St. in Astoria. In addition to pours of SingleCut beer, viewers will also be treated to beer-inspired popcorn from Ma and Pa Kettle Corn Co.

Long Island City-based breweries such as LIC Beer Project, Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brew Co. and Transmitter Brewing will offer tours and beer samples throughout the day on May 16.

Queens Beer Week 2015 wraps up on May 17, with the celebration of Finback Brewery’s one-year anniversary. Their new Barrel-Aged Plum and Proper, described as “a smoky sour dark ale brewed with fresh plums,” will be available in Finback’s taproom, located at 78-01 77th Ave. in Glendale.

For the latest information and Queens Beer Week schedule, visit www.queensbeerweek.com.

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LIC Flea & Food beer garden offers drinks from six Queens breweries


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As the weather is expected to hit the 70s this weekend, what better way to cool down than with a cold drink from the LIC Flea Beer Garden?

The popular Long Island City flea market celebrated its opening weekend last week, filled with sunshine and visitors from near and far.

LIC Flea & Food is located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, and offers items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The LIC Flea is the only location to carry beer from all six breweries. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines.

LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

Applications from potential vendors for the new season are still being accepted by registering online at www.licflea.com.

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First Ridgewood Artists Coalition exhibit opens Sunday at Glendale brewery


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BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

The Ridgewood Artists Coalition (RAC) will hold its first exhibit, titled “The Ridgewood Artists Spring Showcase,” at Glendale’s Finback Brewery from this Sunday through April 26.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. at the brewery, located at 78-01 77th Ave. Donations collected at the reception will help support the Ridgewood Youth Market, a program that teaches teens and young adults small business lessons through operating farm stands in their neighborhoods.

The Ridgewood Youth Market is part of Grow NYC and is run in partnership with the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District and the Ridgewood Local Development Corporation.

The exhibit, described by its creators as “part survey and part dialogue,” is co-curated by RAC founder Emily Heinz and Finback manager Leah Blair and features local artists who live and work in Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.

“The artists involved emerge from a myriad of different backgrounds, spanning the spectrum of age, ethnicity, formal training and relationship to the area,” Heinz and Blair said in a joint statement. “This diversity is intrinsic to a New York neighborhood, and the spirit of this condition is reflected in the variation of the works, which simultaneously form a single yet multifarious voice informed by the specific perspective of a cross-section of urban life.”

The showcase is just one of many community-oriented events hosted and sponsored by Finback Brewery.

“This collaboration between the Ridgewood Artists Coalition and Finback Brewery is indicative of an emerging art practice that is inclined towards social awareness and local identity, and uses both to organically form a presence of contemporary art and artists who are critically engaged with art making and socially engaged with the community as a whole,” the statement said.

For more information about the Ridgewood Artists Coalition, contact them at RidgewoodArtists@gmail.com.

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Lonely Planet names Queens best place to visit in US next year


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Move over, Manhattan — Queens is the must-see U.S. destination of the coming year, according to a leading travel guidebook company.

The borough has made it to the top of the list of Lonely Planet’s Best in the U.S. 2015. Selected by Lonely Planet’s authors and ranked by its U.S. editors, the list consists of 10 perennial favorites, places with timely reasons to visit and understated destinations that are ready for their time in the spotlight.

“I’ve seen how Queens has transformed from one of the forgotten boroughs to one of the exciting places to visit,” said Regis St. Louis, coordinating author of Lonely Planet’s USA and New York City guidebook.

This year was the first time that Queens made the annual online list, which was released on Wednesday.  The rankings expand on Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2015” guidebook, which came out in October, and chose Washington, D.C., and Rocky Mountain National Park as its top city and regional picks among world destinations.

St. Louis, a 14-year New York City resident, who currently lives in Brooklyn, was one of several authors to nominate Queens for the Best in the U.S. 2015 list.

It was clear from our passion and our feedback about Queens that it should be number one on this list,” he said.

Rounding out the top 10 are Western South Dakota,  New Orleans,  the Colorado River region, North Conway, N.H., Indianapolis, Greenville, S.C., Oakland, Calif., Duluth, Minn., and California’s Mount Shasta region.

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What made Queens stand out among those destinations were reasons obvious to anyone familiar with the borough, such as its diversity, Rockaway Beach and its art institutions.

As St. Louis writes on the Lonely Planet website, Queens is  “New York’s meltiest melting pot,” and that is not only reflected in the number of languages that are spoken there, but also in its culinary offerings.

“It’s something that has always been there, but it’s something that people are just beginning to discover,”  he said about the diversity.

He also highlighted Rockaway Beach’s growing trendiness and the borough’s burgeoning arts scene, noting the Queens Museum’s recent makeover and the newly christened Kaufman Arts District in Astoria.

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“You don’t have to stay in Manahattan anymore. You can come base yourself in Queens now,” St. Louis said.

That sentiment applies to both residents and tourists, as another advantage Queens has to offer is its boutique hotels, which have been growing in number.

Anyone looking for something that is not in the average guidebook should try Queens’ microbrewery scene, said St. Louis.

Microbreweries have exploded around the country, he said, and it’s surprising that so many of them have made their way to Queens.

These small-batch or nanobreweries, such as Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company, are just another example of what stands out in the borough’s food and drink scene, he explained.

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“People are looking for the next thing and there are some really interesting things happening in Queens,” St. Louis said. “There are so many great secrets … you never run out of things to do and see.”

To mark Queens topping the Best in the U.S. 2015, Lonely Planet is giving away the Queens chapter from its recently released New York City guide as a free e-book until Feb. 1, 2015. To get the free download, visit www.lonelyplanet.com/queens-ebook.

Find out more about this year’s list at www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-the-us-2015.

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Sweet time at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Visitors at the LIC Flea & Food were in for a sweet time this past weekend.

The popular Long Island City market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, hosted a Sweets Festival highlighting vendors that hit every visitor’s sweet tooth.

During the festival, LIC Flea vendor Ice & Vice was awarded the judges’ pick, and vendor This Pie Is Nuts! was picked as the visitors’ favorite.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline and outdoor seating, continues to offer beer selections from SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

In addition, visitors will now also be able to enjoy New York-made red and white wines, as well as mimosas made using lemonade from LIC Flea vendor Frittering Away.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year. The LIC Flea Beer Garden is open during the hours of operation of the flea market.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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Home run at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The LIC Flea & Food will hit a home run this weekend with a super sweet lineup.

First, the popular Long Island City market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will continue to celebrate the opening of the LIC Flea Beer Garden.
Beer will be available for $2 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. with an LIC Flea purchase. The beer garden, which offers selections from SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company as well as wine, is set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline and outdoor seating. Beer enthusiasts will also have the ability to meet the owners of the local breweries featured and learn about the beer-making process.

For sports lovers, former Mets player William Hayward “Mookie” Wilson will be at the flea market signing and promoting his book “Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets.”

HGTV will be making its return the LIC Flea to film another episode of its show “Flea Market Flip” with host Lara Spencer, co-anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Each week on the show, contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned.

Finally, to end the weekend on a sweet note, the market will host a Sweets Festival with voting by judges and LIC Flea visitors to name the best sweets vendors. So far, participating vendors include A Spoonful of Brownies, Brookies Cookies, Bibingka-esk, Ice & Vice, Mom & Popsicles, Petalouda Bakery, Sweet Muse and Cassey’s Cookies & Cobblers.
LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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Beer garden coming to LIC Flea & Food


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Visitors will now be able to raise a glass at the LIC Flea & Food.

This Saturday, the popular Long Island City market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will debut the LIC Flea Beer Garden with outdoor seating set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline.

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Only artisanal beer made by Queens breweries will be served, along with wine. The breweries include SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company, which is located just across the street from the LIC Flea.

FINBACK_logo_A2“We are really excited to showcase all that Queens has to offer from amazing vendors to now breweries that are making top-quality beer right here in the borough,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “This fits in with our mission to attract people to Long Island City and Queens.”

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The LIC Flea Beer Garden will be opened every Saturday and Sunday during the hours of the flea market. Astoria Flea & Food has moved to Long Island City through the end of the year.

For beer enthusiasts, owners of the local breweries featured will be on hand to talk about the beer-making process. 

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This weekend, Sept. 13 and 14, beer will be $2 from 4:30 to 5 p.m., while supplies last. 

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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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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