Cat Wolinski knows craft beer. She writes about it for a number of publications across the five boroughs. But recently she's focused on our borough's booming brewing scene while curating the first ever Queens Beer Book.
"This is the next place we need to be, there's so much happening here in terms of craft beer and local beer," said Wolinski.
The $30 book buys you one free beer at more than 30 bars throughout Queens.
Wolinski visited and selected every bar featured in the book.
It's published by Brokelyn--a budget friendly web magazine that normally focuses on Brooklyn.
They've published Brooklyn-centric beer books for the past five years.
"We have a steady audience of people who really just use them as a way to discover new favorite bars, check out places they haven't been, revisit old favorites," said Brokelyn publisher, Faye Penn.
Angelo Valavanis says that's why he wanted to be included in the book. He owns the Sandwich Bar on Ditmars Boulevard. He loves craft beers and dedicates at least one tap to beer brewed in Queens. He says he's seen a lot of new faces since the book came out and it's been good for business too.
"If you come in for a beer, you're going to have something to eat. You get an appetizer or a sandwich, or a plate of brisket with pulled-pork that we offer, or possibly have a second beer," said Valavanis.
While the Queens Beer Book features bars and restaurants in Forest Hills and Bayside most are right here in Astoria and neighboring Long Island City
"This is really where it's happening. This is where breweries are making beer and great bars and restaurants are selling them," said Wolinski.
So, if you'd like your own road map to Queens beers and breweries, head to brokelyn.com for more information.