“At the time I started developing the plans to open this brewery, there were at least 10 fewer breweries in NYC than there are now,” says Rich Buceta, owner of Singlecut Beersmiths. “So back then it was the Wild West; it was wide open.” Buceta had grown disenchanted with working in advertising, and when he took some time to reflect on what would make him happy, the Queens native kept coming back to beer. “My whole life, I was a big American craft beer fan,” he says. A longtime home brewer, Buceta got a job at Greenpoint Beer Works, and after a few years he was ready to open his own brewery in Astoria. Singlecut Beersmiths was operational by December 2012.
“My hunch was correct, because on opening day we had 1,200 people show up. The whole place was packed,” Buceta remembers. “It let us know that Queens had been chomping at the bit for a brewery at the time.” The turnout was so good, that he quickly adapted the space to double as a bar, serving up food, fresh beer and live music.
“The Tap Room has become my favorite part of the job,” Buceta says. “Friday, at the end of a long week, I can hang out in the tap room, take a load off and drink some of our creations. It’s the best feeling.” Because of Singlecut’s location off the beaten path, the space has filled Astoria’s need for a music venue; bands can play loud and late into the night.
And Singlecut – which is named after a style of electric guitar – is fully staffed with music lovers. Employee Adam Steiner of local band The Green Gallows has put together several music events at the brewery. On Saturday, October 11th, Singlecut Beersmiths will host a day of local music and vendors as part of the Astoria Art Festival.
“Astoria was a great choice for us,” says Buceta. “There are parts of Queens where people really don’t go out that much, or they don’t stay local. But Astoria is a real local community.” With over 500 accounts throughout New York City and Long Island, it’s safe to say that Singlecut beers are gaining recognition outside of Astoria as well. “We’re working really hard, that’s for sure, but fortunately people are responding to what we’re doing,” Buceta says. “It’s very satisfying.”
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