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Queens Native Turns Passion for Making Craft Beer Into Success

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It took four years for one Queens native to turn his passion for making craft beer into a bubbling success. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

Rich Buceta was a creative director at an advertising firm when he decided to quit the business in 2008 to pursue his passion for making craft beer.

"I had been in that business for 22 years, so it was a big decision," he said.

After working for a local brewery for a few years, Buceta opened his own in 2012.

"We were the first microbrewery in Queens since the days of prohibition," he said. "For some reason, when people get the gumption to open up a brewery, it's always gone to Brooklyn."

I won't comment on whether the beer is good or not, but I will say this: a Brooklyn resident with discerning taste told me about this popular Queens beer.

Singlecut Beersmiths produces 25 different styles of beer. Buceta now has 14 employees to share in the backbreaking work.

"One of the biggest misconceptions of being a brewer is that we just sit around and drink beer all day and taste, which is part of it, but generally, it's a very, very small part of it, and typically, we don't even have time to be tasting or drinking during the day," said Brian Dwyer, who works at the brewery.

That's because they are working hard to expand and keep up with the demand. Singlecut is sold in hundred of businesses across the city, and its popularity is spilling over to other parts of the state.

"We have a couple distributors who distribute our beer throughout Long Island and Westchester, but the lion's share of our distribution we do ourselves throughout New York City, and we're in over 300 accounts now," Buceta said.

But it's not all about work. There is plenty of time for play. Just about everyone of the workers is a musician, and that's part of the entertainment at the tap room, where the beer is sold to the public.

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