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When I was in college, my roommate and I used to routinely sneak into the movies downtown, hoodie-wrapped 40s of Olde English and Ballantines nestled deep into our backpacks. We’d sit patiently, dying of thirst and eyeing the bulging, unzipped bag at our feet, until the theater went dark and the first round of previews exploded onto the screen. The trick was to wait until a loud sound--a car crash, roaring laughter, a booming...
Marcus Burnett empties his left pocket. The contents: a MetroCard, a crumpled clump of cash totaling $17. "This is how we built everything. DIY. We drained our bank accounts," he says, now pouring me an amber-colored beer. It's my first visit to Long Island City’s Rockaway Brewing Company, owned by Burnett and Ethan Long. The duo, both natives of California, homebrewed in the backyards of their bungalows in Far Rockaway for nearly four years before opening a two-barrel brewery...
As we discussed in this very space yesterday, we may need to get used to the fact that some of the more obviously Brooklynish things are going to start happening outside the borders of Brooklyn itself and in other nearby places with more and cheaper available space. Case in point, Transmitter Brewing, a Long Island City-based operation that opened its doors just a few months ago. Owned by longtime friends Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb,...