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.