BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Queens residents will not have to travel over the bridge or through a tunnel to taste the City’s finest beer this April.
The first annual Queens Beer Week has been announced for April 19-27. The nine day series of events are becoming a reality due to organizer Dan Bronson, a beverage consultant, who runs the beer program at Astoria’s Crescent and Vine.
Bronson said the celebration of beer and local breweries is an idea he came up with the owners of Queens Kickshaw and Sunswick, two other craft beer bars in Astoria.
“It’s really a celebration of the most rapidly growing beer scene in Queens,” he said.
The week kicks off with an open invitation party at SingleCut Beersmith, located at 19-33 37th St., Astoria, on April 19 at 8 p.m.
The first event will feature all of the Borough’s breweries, as well as specialty local vendors, with no cover charge.
“All of the Queens breweries will be there, so if you only go to one event, that’s going to be the one,” he said.
The party continues with more than 30 beer-centric events, spread across the Borough, Bronson said. The events will include chocolate and beer pairings, a course on tasting beer and wine, brewery demonstrations, open houses, and a chance to debut some brand new Queens breweries.
QBW is a completely free event, community driven, with no cost to participate for establishments, and totally pay-as-you-go for attendees, Bronson said.
While planning for the series of events, Bronson said “all of the local bars and breweries are relieved that this is finally happening.”
Since he has traveled to many other beer events across the City, such as New York Craft Beer Week, Bronson’s goal in planning QBW was to bring that same energy and fun to the “home turf.”
“Queens is a borough of great hard working people who are a little bit tired of having to leave there home to have a good time,” he said.
A full calendar of events and venues will be announced on April 1. To learn more about QBW, visit http://www.queensbeerweek.com/.
Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.