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A Brewery to Open in Sunnyside, Neighborhood’s First

Keir Hamilton, co founder of Alewife Brewing Company

April 12, 2019 By Alexa Beyer

A brewery is coming to Sunnyside this summer.

Alewife Brewing Company, a Long Island City-based brewpub, will be opening Sunnyside’s first-ever brewery in a 7,500-square foot warehouse on 39th Street and Skillman Avenue, reports Edible Manhattan.

Alewife, which originally opened as a bar in 2011, began producing small batches of brand originals at its Long Island City establishment like “Death to Ego”, “Meadowmaker”, and “Thousand Stars” about a year ago. The Sunnyside locale will be Alewife’s first fully-fledged brewery.

Patrick Donagher, the founder of Alewife Brewing Company along with Keir Hamilton, has been working toward opening the brewery for years. The brewing company is an offshoot of the bar.

The pair recently took to the company’s Instagram page to share their excitement about the Sunnyside debut, posting a picture where he stood on a delivery truck next to his newly-delivered beer tank:

“beyond excited to breakground very soon, THANKS to everyone for the support, we’ll deliver the goods soon. Much Love and watch this space…..”

Donagher also runs Alewife, the bar, and three other pubs with his wife, Roz Donagher, in Manhattan: Fools Gold, The Jeffrey, and The Rochard.

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35 Comments

shawn

i don’t really care about a brewery, i suppose. but this is sunnyside….there are already plenty of places to drink. i literally live across the street from Sanger Hall, Pj Horgans, the alcove, and globe tavern lol. like we get enough crazy white drunks in the summer. i feel like sunnyside needs something else besides another drinking place. i mean, true we have plenty of coffee shops, we need something different that people want. though honestly, not sure what that could be.
we are an animal friendly area, maybe a dog sitter place or maybe a local bike rental place? we are mainly a walkable community. maybe even a place to buy board games/hobby store and have some space to hold events for such activities. even maybe small movie nights. remember when the queen of angels parish center had movie nights back in the day?

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The guy driving the forklift

When we have our taproom open we would love to host your game nights. I’ll set up the projector and we’ll get a summer movie night on Sundays!

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Ali Abdalkwy

We need a coffee shop in the Woodside area after we had lost that one was. At. 45 st queens blvd Please.

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Nothing

This is so hypocritical. Amazon is not welcome but brewing company is welcome? This is discriminating against big tax pay companies. This company must shut down and use this building as homeless shelter. Sunnyside people must hate high tech good paying jobs but alcohol producing jobs.

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Queens4lufe

How much did Amazon pay in federal taxes? This exactly to type of business we need Local businesses not big corporate companies like Amazon. Let me guess you would like Walmart to come and destroy Woodside .

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shawn

are you really comparing this brewery to a big tech/online giant like amazon? sunnyside being such a small neighborhood needs small, local businesses to thrive. the fact that amazon paid ZERO in taxes is ridiculous. and you wanted a company like that here in sunnyside? where there revenue wouldn’t of been taxed here in queens, which means less goes to areas of nyc that need the money from companies and people being taxed. they didn’t belong in a small neighborhood and would of driven out so many of us trying to pay rent. no one would of been hired to work for amazon if it was here. they would of brought their own to fulfill the positions needed.

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Danielle

A great addition to the area, be it Sunnyside or LIC. Good luck guys I will be there!

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Still the same

Good to see that the Supreme Court hasn’t changed Brett Kavanaugh. Once a beer lover always a beer lover.

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Good For Us

So glad to have a local brewery. We lost the Woodside Brewery years ago and it is great to have a new one.

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a pint

the best of luck in your new business and i hope you do really well. but please, for the official opening dont have van bramer anywhere in sight or he will ruin everything

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Publicity

JVB is a publicity seeker. Where ever there’s a camera, he’s not far behind. The man would wither without attention.

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El loco

This is exciting news for Sunnyside. The neighborhood has taken so many hits. No negatives, but can’t wait to see the first complainer.

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shawn

all zips with “111”s are LIC? really? i live on 49th and skillman….zip is 11104….that’s Sunnyside. just because Astoria is 11106 and LIC is 11101, doesn’t mean all “111”s are LIC/Astoria. -_-

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Anthony Lenzo

Hence the 111 in front of your 04…Main P.O. for L.I.C. is located on 21st & 46 Rd in “L.I.C….all your “111”04 mail comes from there as well as anyone who has a zip between 11101-11106. Sunnyside is basically a subset of L.I.C….I worked in L.IC. P.O. for over 38 yrs, in each 111 office. All L.I.C…..Even you. Get it now?

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Chas

If the postal address indicates it is on 39th St, or the brewery is addressed as 3900’s (or higher) Skillman Ave, it is in Sunnyside 11104. 3800’s (or lower) Skillman Ave is Long Island City 11101. The building in question resides in 11104.

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Zinsu

This is great news. I’ve tried several of their beers at the bar in LIC and all were excellent. Tap room would be nice.

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SMF

Thank god it’s not a Cider Brewery! Alewife in LIC has 4 pinball b-ball machines so they can’t be all bad!!!

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