Drink locally with Big Alice Brewing’s community-supported beer
Support a burgeoning Long Island City nanobrewery and try new craft suds flavored with unexpected ingredients (think rooibos and Japanese sweet potato)
Fri Jan 24 2014
What it is: Big Alice Brewing is a burgeoning Queens nanobrewery—paradoxically named for a massive power-generating plant on the Long Island City waterfront—that releases limited-run beers, producing only about 10 gallons of each new recipe. Unusual ingredients—like rooibos tea and Japanese sweet potatoes—often flavor the quaffs, which typically clock in at a potent 10 percent ABV.
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How it started: Inspired by community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs—in which consumers pay up front and receive goods directly from farmers—Big Alice’s founders sold an initial round of about 90 shares when the brewery launched this past June. The funds financed supplies such as bottles and yeast. That first iteration proved so popular that the brewery released more shares to the public: The second round went on sale late last year and, at press time, some shares were still available.
How it works: Shares, which cost $100 each, run January–June and July–December, and subscribers receive a different 750ml bottle every month. Though it’s a small outfit, the brewery’s output has been impressive: Big Alice produced 57 different beers last year, so members never received the same brew twice. (On the docket for 2014: a dandelion-and-fennel IPA, sour ale flavored with bitter orange peel, and a cocoa-nib saison.) Members pick up their bottles at Big Alice’s Queens facility on the Friday of their choice. And if you’re already a member of the Sunnyside or Long Island City CSA, good news: You can have beers added to your regular haul. Missed out on the shares?
Never fear: You can sample the brews that haven’t been given out to members at Big Alice’s taproom every Friday from 5 to 7:30pm. And if you’re not quite ready for the CSB commitment, bottles are also available to purchase for $18 apiece.
Big Alice Brewing, 8-08 43rd Rd between Vernon Blvd and 9th St, Long Island City, Queens (347-688-2337, bigalicebrewing.com). Six-month community-supported beer share $100.
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