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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

514 51st Ave
Queens, New York, 11101-5879
United States

(718) 937-7494 | map

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Added by slander on 10-05-2011

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of MKanaga
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have been to Alewife Queens multiple times since it opened last month, and it has now become my regular beer bar. The service and selection of beers is top flight - all of the staff (bartenders, waiters, and barbacks) are extraordinarily knowledgeable about the beers they serve and are good sources for recommendations for "what to try next". The selection is really balanced across styles and geographies. The place has 28 draft lines which are being rotated at a fairly quick pace (a new beer comes online almost every day) and the cask ale selections have been good too. They also have a "Mug Club" which provides a good roadmap to trying beers from across the spectrum.

The atmosphere here is good, although it is a fairly large space and it hasn't quite picked up enough to justify all the room yet. There's always a good group drinking at the bar, though. The food is also very good, with high quality ingredients and some inventive dishes. The desserts are especially good. They just started brunch last weekend as well, which is excellent.

This place was a much needed addition to the Western Queens, NY area and provides a great alternative to the Manhattan mainstays. Also, the selection of international beers far outstrips many of those Manhattan bars, making this my go-to beer bar of choice.

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Photo of AlvinLin
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

18 beers on tap. Offers beer flights. Tons of bottles available as well. Friendly service. Camille and Roz are great. They also host the Hunters Point Community Service Agriculture (CSA) and offer 10% off for CSA members.

Check out the beer list on BeerMenu.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.61/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jaymo18
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sunofneurot
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Cath
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JoeMans
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of EdrickCS
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If you're in LIC and making the rounds to different breweries, a visit here is wise. The food is slamming and the beer selection is always on point. Rarities aren't so rare here. The taplist is very well-curated and has something for every taste and for the beer noob and the beer snob.

The tvs and sports games are appreciated as is the proper glassware and friendly service. A great spot.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Witz and Ben are off the hook on this Sunday lunching as, well, you know how they can be. Punks, yes, but I’ll catch up with them in the ‘burg in a bit, anyway. Last time out, they were all snacked up before I arrived and I was left sad, like the clown. Solo, me, early in and Queensbound for a beer(s) and bite. Parked up the block in that ‘don’t sweat Sunday’ island piece and walked it...

Kind of cavernous place opening upward to the rear for second floor action (we’ll get to that). Red painted walls with random arty prints probably not so random over black wood panel lowers and trims. Paneled windows to both sides of the front door, plank wood floorings, and exposed rafter ceilings with blended duct work, spinnys, and recessed spots.

I dropped barside; a straight stainless steel sheet topped job which morphs from bar to bar counter space towards the front, with a crazy corrugated base and piping foot rail, seating for nearly a dozen and a half. 28 taps on a looong row on the barback, with a horizontal 4x8 mirror angled above. Vertical shelving units to both sides of the taps and off the corner holding booze, glassware & bottled selections displayed. Mugs tucked below the tap row, and more glassware shelved beneath the bar, with glass front bottle coolers to both sides showing their wares. Stemmed glassware rack lined with colored holiday lighting dangles over the bar, and drop filament bulb lighting overhead. A single TV at the end of the bar. Yeah, we can put the Knicks game on. A 9L Temptation bottle sits down at the end of the bar; would not suck having that (Full).

Maybe a dozen fat wood tables; high tops mostly running front to back along the far wall and some banquets just off the bar, with drop bulbage over some of them. Upstairs, 2 dozen mostly low tables, with a lounge area to the rear, and a seasonal patio the neighbors must hate. Fireplace, freaky family portraits, and a large chandelier over the stairwell.

So, 28 taps in all. ¾ of them are American craft beer, with a 2 to 1 ratio of other time zone (North Coast Old Rasputin, Left Hand Milk Stout, Bear Republic Black Bear Stout, Bruery/Stone/Elysian La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado collaboration, 21st Amendment Bitter American, Ballast Point Sculpin, Oskar Blues Deviant Dales Pale Ale, Founders Dirty Bastard & Double Trouble, Stone Levitation, Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Ruination IPA, & 15th Anniversary), to local/regional (Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter, Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter, Blue Point Spring Fling Ale, Sixpoint Ich Bin Kein Berliner Weisse, Allagash White & Tripel, Victory Headwaters Pale Ale, Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA), and the other ¼ imports (Mikkeller Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA, and 6 beers from Evil Twin; Hop Flood, Christmas Eve at a NYC Hotel Room, Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados, Yin Imperial Stout, Sonderho Hipster Ale, & Nurse Pepper Porter, on the heels of an event).

Wanted the Evil Twin Nurse Pepper Porter having tasted a pinch, but it then kicked (naturally), so I settled in on the Mikkeller Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA. It was good but it wasn’t as good as the one from the other side of the Pulaski Bridge. And another. Hey, if I could get a pinch of the Sixpoint Ich Bin Kein Berliner Weisse, please; tasty but not what I’m looking for just now. Chose instead for the Evil Twin Hipster Ale, which then kicked (sure), so no, I won’t (Hmmm, 2 Evil Twin beers kick out from under me; trying to think what I could’ve done to have been cursed by a gypsy brewer). Um, I guess the 21st Amendment Bitter American, tasty tasty.

And bottles; 54 in all. 2/5 of them are American craft beer, another 1/5 of them some nice Belgians, and the remainder some Danish play, Germs, English, etc. It’s a well thought out list.

Foodings; had been on the fence and almost soup and (grilled cheese) sandwiched, but brunch hours & lunch hours both deal the dry aged burger, 10oz dry aged short rib & brisket blend, with tickler cheddar, on a brioche bun for $15. I added grilled thick cut house cured bacon for $2, and the side salad for another $4. Coulda fritted for $3 but opted not. Salad was a small plate of Bibb (?) lettuce with a little OO, and then the burger arrived on a baby wood board papered. It stood tall, real tall, but I was determined to knock it down (Actually, I got an elbow up on it and smoooshed it down so I could get my jaw around it). It was a burger of awesome. Serious awesome.

Comfortable place. Music was all right, although someone did something unforgivably “For what it’s worth”esque (Who does that to a good Stephen song?) Good food and good drink; beer is fresh & clean, but pricey. Drafts are $7-$9 on average (2/3 of them are running $8), with a single $6 entry (Blue Point Spring Fling); steep for this boro and even the next. And I don’t love the pre-set samplers, I want to choose my own beers, D. They do promos, events, beer dinners, etc. Easily, the best tap list in Queens...

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Photo of unclejazz
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I really felt that the prices reflected the quality of selection. It was nice to have the option of beer flights. The food selection was impressive and they have great french fries to go with the Belgian style beers. I am glad this is on the outskirts of my neighborhood. Good bar for winter. Some of the bottled beer was really expensive, but this means they have options for a special occasion including quads, lambics, barrel-aged small batch stuff. Also they had some great international micro-brews from Sweden and Denmark.(bonus points!!)

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Nothing but good things to say about this place. Arrived on a Friday at 4pm and we were the first people inside. Sat down at a high-top table. There is an upstairs area which I did not check out. Vibe is laid back with some TVs scattered around, but high enough on the wall that they are not distracting. Great selection of tap beers with about 25-30 total choices. I had a Rodenbach Grand Cru and a Troegs Cultivator and each were served with care and in proper glassware. For food, I split mussels and spicy sriracha peas, both of which were delicious. Service was great. A tad on the expensive side, but that is NYC. I'd go back again anytime.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Definitely worth stopping in Alewife if you are bar-hopping in NYC. Just a short ride on the G train from Torst and has a great draft selection (28 taps, I think) and the grilled cheese is excellent.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm surprised this place hasn't gotten more love yet. It's a great to see a place like this open in Queens. It's comfortable, friendly service, well designed, tasty food, and has a great beer list. My only complaint, and this is sort of personal, is that I'd rather see more NY beers on tap and fewer expensive Scandinavian craft beers. Yes, they're pretty good brews, but they're not cheap and they're not typically much more amazing than what's brewed in and around NYC.

It's near the 7 & G trains, just a couple blocks north of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. If the weather's nice, it's also just off the East River bike path/lane. You might even consider is a great pit stop between the Brooklyn Brewery and the Beer Gardens in Astoria.

Possibly the best craft beer bar in Queens. It could go back and forth with MexiQ over the best draft list, but Alewife easily wins on atmosphere. Check it out.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Vibe: This bar is located a short walk from the Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave. subway station on the No. 7 train, one stop away from Manhattan. The main room had a bar on one side with high and low wooden tables on the other side and towards the back. I counted three TVs plus one large TV projected onto a screen on the lower level. A staircase leads to seating on the upper level.

Quality: Beers were served at the proposer temperature using a variety of glassware, including chalices and snifter glasses.

Service: I came here early on a Sunday afternoon and found service to be rather prompt, despite there being one waitress working the entire restaurant.

Selection: With 28 taps, this bar has the best selection of beers in Queens and rivals some of the top bars in Manhattan. I came here the day after Zwanze Day and was treated to a nice selection of other hard-to-find sour beers.

Food: I came for brunch and tried the Irish Breakfast, which was pretty good and set a good foundation for the beers that I consumed.

Value: I found the prices to be a little higher compared to other bars in the area, but reasonable when compared to comparable places in Manhattan. They did offer a $25 all you can drink plus one entrée brunch special, but only a couple of draft beers were included.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Off the beaten path location (understatement)

Large room with high cielings in the main room, staircase leading up to an upstairs area. Warm and cozy athmosphere. Red paint theme. Tight bar area to the left as you enter. Multiple quality options on tap and bottles, easily one of the best lists in Queens, NY. They do ongoing events and tastings here. They were just post a Stone verticle Epic verticle tasting event when I visited.

Dont expect a "Queens pricing discount", prices relect the upscale nature of the immediate neighborhood and a Midtown NYC mindset and attitude.

Expect quality beer and food, appropriate glassware and regular rotation of the quality and interesting tap options available in the NYC area....all in Queens. Beer Advocacy in full effect at this urban outpost.

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Photo of smithj4
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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