You are reading

Taproom and Microbrewery to Open on Ground Floor of Long Island City Development

Finback Brewery is opening on the ground floor of Sven (pictured), a 67-story apartment complex located in Long Island City (Credit: The Durst Organization)

April 18, 2022 By Christian Murray

The list of breweries choosing to operate out of LIC continues to grow—with a New York-based company announcing Monday that it is opening a taproom and microbrewery on the ground floor of a new development in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City.

Finback Brewery—which opened in 2013 with a 25-barrel brewery in Glendale, Queens—has leased a 3,800 square foot space at the bottom of The Durst Organization’s 67-story apartment complex, which is called “Sven” and is located next to the iconic clock tower in Queens Plaza.

The company will join a multitude of other breweries that have opened in Long Island City, including Fifth Hammer Brewing Company, Rockaway Brewing Company, ICONYC, LIC Beer Project, Big aLICe Brewing—and Alewife Brewing, which is located on the border of Sunnyside and Long Island City.

Rendering of Sven, located in Queens Plaza (Credit: The Durst Organization)

Finback plans to open its Long Island City microbrewery in late 2022 and it will be its third location. The company opened a second brewhouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn, last year.

The company says that it plans to use the Long Island City taproom to “explore fruit forward fermentations” that are conditioned in wooden foeders and ceramic fermentation crocks.

Basil Lee, co-owner of Finback Brewery, said the company is “thrilled to become part of the Long Island City community” and to take space in a prominent building.

“The opportunity to create a destination at the iconic Sven deepens our Queens roots and we are particularly excited to showcase our mixed-fermentation sour ales that highlight New York fruits and ingredients,” Lee said.

The company is owned by Kevin Stafford and Lee, who have built a business known for its small batch artisanal brewing where they produce everything from IPAs to barrel-aged stouts and sours.

The impending arrival of Finback is being celebrated by Durst as a boon to its 958-unit rental development. The development, which includes 288 income-restricted units, is located near the Queens Plaza and Queensboro Plaza stations and comes with 50,000 square feet of amenities including an outdoor swimming pool.

The market-rate apartments became available at the end of 2021 with rents ranging from $2,950 for a studio up to $6,000 for a three-bedroom apartment.

“Long Island City has transformed into one of New York’s premier dining destinations and is home to some of the City’s best and most exciting microbreweries,” said Jonathan Durst, president of The Durst Organization in a statement. “Finback will be an excellent addition to the neighborhood and an amenity for Sven residents and the greater LIC area.”

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Man sought for allegedly committing act of public lewdness in front of 16-year-old girl on Q43 bus: NYPD

Police from the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica are looking for a creep who subjected a 16-year-old girl to public lewdness in broad daylight while they rode a Q43 bus in Jamaica Estates late last month.

The incident occurred just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 as the teen was aboard the Q43 as it rolled down Hillside Boulevard near the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard, when she saw a stranger perform a lewd act and stroking her leg before she exited the bus, police said. The suspect remained on the Q43 and the girl was not injured during the disturbing episode.

Queens Village man indicted for stabbing stranger to death in Jamaica deli: DA

A Queens grand jury indicted a Southeast Queens man for fatally stabbing a stranger to death in a Jamaica deli last month.

Jahshua Kelley, 40, of 107th Avenue in Queens Village, was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court Wednesday on a four-count indictment charging him with murder in the second degree, two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, Kelley faces up to 25 years to life in prison.