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Queens Brewers Hop Into Craft Beer Mix

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Local craft beers are becoming a hot item at many bars, and after years of perfecting their brand, some Queens brewers are hopping into the mix. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

Not wanting the buzz about their new beer to fizzle, Kevin Stafford and Basil Lee are rushing to fill their latest round of orders. They have 60 customers who buy their Finback beer on a regular basis.

"We built ourselves a factory, and you know, we're pro, and we're doing it," Stafford said.

Getting here wasn't easy for these longtime friends, who used to brew the beer in their backyard before launching their company in January.

"We didn't have a big budget or the ability to get a big, fancy space," Lee said.

Once they landed in Glendale, things changed.

Right now, the company sells five different types of beers, but the partners are working on several more. They're also working hard to get those beers into more local bars.

Edison Place is Finback's newest customer. The owners say craft beers are becoming big business.

"People will come out more just to support a local beer being served in a local restaurant and bar," said Timothy Sullivan, co-owner of Edison Place.

"It's always good to have a good craft beer around from a local spot because you know what's coming in, it's fresh," said one customer.

Beer companies are popping up all over the city as a result.

"I think there's five alone in Queens," said Eddie Long, co-owner of Edison Place. "I mean, everyone's familiar with Brooklyn, probably one of the frontiers, but it's good to see growth in Queens as well as all over. The Bronx has a couple."

Lee and Stafford say that while some brewers have come and gone, there are about 15 companies in the game right now. They're hoping that their beer will be long-lasting.

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