Wilk Apiary has partnered with three Queens breweries — Transmitter Brewing, Finback Brewery, and Bridge and Tunnel Brewery — to create new beers from hyper-local honey harvested at apiaries located within the same zip codes as the breweries. This casual event, held in the community garden that hosts two Wilk Apiary hives, features fun for the whole family: beer tastings, honey tastings, as well as some guest restaurants sampling items made with Zip Code Local Honey too.
Admission is free, but a $5 donation to benefit the garden is suggested.
Wilk Apiary, Inc. – Tom Wilk Head Beekeeper
In its third year of beekeeping, Wilk Apiary now has a total of 12 hives in seven different Queens locations. Its approach is to choose to have fewer hives in each location even if more hives can be accommodated. These hyper-local honeys are collected and bottled by the zip code and town where the hives are located. At this event Wilk Apiary beekeepers will be on-hand to show guests the two garden hives and answer any honeybee- or honey-related questions. Wilk's Zip Code Local Honey will also be available for sale at the event with 20% of sales being donated to the garden.
Transmitter Brewing, Long Island City
Transmitter Brewing was formed to bring a unique perspective on traditional beer styles to the local NYC beer scene. Through the informed use and interactions of yeast and hops, they're adding to the conversation about what is craft beer. Transmitter serves an ever-rotating stock of unique farmhouse-style beers crafted with a passion for the process of brewing and for drinking good beer. At this event, one of its newest recipes made with honey from LIC harvested in June 2014, will be sampled.
Finback Brewery, Glendale
Founded in 2011, Finback Brewery is born from a passion for brewing and experimentation. After a long search combing through back streets, along canals, under bridges, and industrial no-mans lands, braving collapsing roofs and cardboard box jungles, the brewery found a space in Queens in 2013. Armed with a 20-barrel brewhouse, Finback released its first beers brewed in Queens in January 2014. The brewery is proud to call Queens home and become a part of the diverse and rich culture of the borough. At this event Finback will be showcasing beer from Glendale. The brewery intends to be brewing with honey from the hives on its property in the near future.
Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Maspeth
Bridge and Tunnel Brewery is a Queens-based nano-scale micro-brewery, launched by brewer/proprietor Rich Castagna. At the present time, the brewery is operating as a one-man brewing operation, with the help from Rich's wife, Lisa, with the various additional tasks necessary to keep a brewery afloat. Rich is making a very historical beer with honey from a single hive in Maspeth.
Room 55, Glendale
Room 55 is Vinny Accardi’s very first restaurant and bar in Glendale, Queens, serving New American cuisine. From the moment you walk through the door until your last bite of specialty desserts, Room 55 makes guests feel at home with its friendly, relaxing atmosphere and strong attention to service. Room 55 will be using the same Glendale honey as Finback Brewery.
Norma’s is a cozy neighborhood coffee shop and bakery located in Ridgewood, NY. It brews single-origin Brazilian beans locally roasted by Kitten Coffee. Its homemade baked goods, scratch coffee syrups, nutritious soups, and hearty paninis are all made fresh on premise. (Stay tuned for Julia’s, which will be a local wine, beer, and cheese restaurant opening in the near future.) Norma's will be using rooftop honey from hives just a few blocks away in Ridgewood for its sampling creation.