An Unlikely Brewery Blooms at Long Island City’s Industrial Border

Under the spine of the Pulaski Bridge, in the industrial maze that caps Long Island City, a neighborhood better known for its gleaming towers, Transmitter Brewing is making some truly fine beers.

The tasting room at Transmitter Brewing (Brewing facility behind)

The tasting room at Transmitter Brewing (Brewing facility behind)

Admittedly, locating Transmitter Brewing can be a challenge – I’ll re-frame as a treasure hunt since there’s a reward involved – and I must’ve looked precisely like a tourist glaring perplexedly at Google Maps when I decided to try to visit last Sunday. But anyway, sometimes it’s fun to have to look for something.

The brewing facility, of which they offer tours (I didn’t take one), is small, bright and new. The tasting room where they pour free samples and sell their 750 ml bottles is modest and also small, holding maybe 8-10 folks shoulder to shoulder. As of now, the tasting room is open from 12-4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Here's how you know you're in the right place. That and the smell of beer brewing!

Here’s how you know you’re in the right place. That and the smell of beer brewing!

Transmitter focuses on brewing traditional and farmhouse ales, and on any given day they have 2 or 3 available for sample and sale in the tasting room. As a nanobrewery making small batches, the offerings change frequently so it’s worth stopping in from time to time to see what’s new.

The day I stopped in, they were pouring their S4 Classic Saison, made with French Saison yeast, pilsner malt and wheat, the G3 Belgian Golden, made with Trappist and Brettanomyces yeasts and American hops, and the F2 Brett Farmhouse which they describe best themselves as a “funky amber farmhouse ale.” I left with a bottle of the bright, citrusy G3, a perfect beer for the warm weekend.

Directly across from Transmitter, you’ll spot the stairs up to the Pulaski Bridge. Climb them, cross the bridge into Greenpoint and hike down Manhattan Avenue to Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, one of New York City’s best doughnut shops.

Make some pit stops along the way at Greenpoint’s Polish Bakeries and pick up sweets to go, I love Cafe Riviera, but it would be hard to go wrong. Do it before the Polish Bakeries all disappear. In the eventual city of gleaming towers who knows what we’ll have left to enjoy.

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