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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.


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.”


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. 


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.


Queens Brewery wants to bring back borough

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Nelson Rockefeller/Queens Brewery

Nelson Rockefeller is making sure no one forgets the borough after tasting his Queens Lager.

Coming from a family of barley wheat farmers, Rockefeller — no relation to the former governor — was always surrounded by one of the top ingredients that would take him to starting his own business.

Growing up north of Seattle, Washington, Rockefeller would wake up early to work on the farm and by 10 or 11 a.m. was looking for food and something cold to drink. And what’s better than an ice cold beer?

“That’s where we got the beer culture from,” he said.

Yet his love for beer continued to brew even as he attended Washington State University as a classical pianist major. In his junior year he decided to change his major to fine arts and in 2002 came to New York to finish his senior year at Stony Brook University, where he made the decision to stay in Queens. He currently lives in Maspeth.

His love for beer and the borough continued and he came up with the idea to start his own micro- brewery with the help of a team of business partners.

Queens Lager, which is the first line of beer from Queens Brewery, made its first public pour during the New York City Craft Beer Festival on July 20 at Webster Hall in Manhattan.

In the beginning of August, the first distribution of the beer began and Queens Lager can now be found in almost 40 bars around Queens, including the Courtyard Alehouse in Sunnyside.

“It’s like giving birth,” said the father of three. “It’s one of the best feelings in the world.”

At the moment, although Queens Brewery is headquartered in Long Island City, brewing and packaging takes place in Saratoga Springs. But Rockefeller is looking for a place in the borough to call home.

As for their future facility, Rockefeller would like to work with 5Pointz artists to decorate the indoor and outdoor walls while curating pieces as well. He said he would also like to work with Edwin Safarian, a professional arm wrestler, and the New York Arm Wrestling Association.

Although Queens Lager is the only beer Queens Brewery is currently distributing, Rockefeller is constantly experimenting with brew recioes to come up with new additions.

Queens Brewery is sticking to selling Queens Lager throughout the borough but hopes to expand its distribution to other cities in the future.

“You take care of home base first,” he said. “Queens is forgotten. We’re bringing back Queens.”

Looking to make Queens Lager a household name, Rockefeller has written a song for the beer that will be printed on their pint glasses. A video for the song, directed by Marcin Stawarz, can be found on the Queens Brewery website at www.queensbrewery.com and will feature a new artist every month.

“It’s one of the best songs I’ve ever written,” Rockefeller said.

Rockefeller says the big advice he gives people looking to have a nice cold drink is to try something new by ordering half glasses and samples.

And what better way, he said, than by sipping some Queens Lager.