Tucked away under the Long Island City side of the Pulaski Bridge, bordering Queens and Brooklyn, is a cozy little brewery that might look like an auto mechanic’s shop if not for the Transmitter Brewing namesake plastered on the doors. Founded by beer buddies Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi, these two avid food and drink lovers decided to turn their passion into a successful slew of traditional and farmhouse ales, chasing their alcohol-fueled American dream.
Walking into the establishment, a spiffy tasting room displays numerous bottles and a list of different beer varieties, but available selections rotate in at different times. A couple steps further and you’ll find yourself sitting at one of a few picnic tables next to some open garage doors, watching Rob and Anthony hard a work concocting their next boozy creation. It’s an intimate setting that offers a great glimpse into smaller-batch brewing that runs on passion and dedication. Kick back, relax, sample a few brews – hell, even bring your kid! As I said, the brewery is extremely laid back, which was in full display as I chatted with a few thirsty fathers who were enjoying a relaxing day-drinking session – with a baby in tow. While I’m sure this isn’t the norm, there’s a very friendly, local vibe about it all. Good people drinking better beers. Welcome to Transmitter Brewing.
Kolb and Accardi started Transmitter in 2013, after the duo formed a delicious friendship built on amateur cycling, pickle-making experimentation, and a love for not only ingesting new flavors, but the creation of culinary treats and tasty brews. Transmitter isn’t JUST about churning out beer, it’s about understanding the interactions of specific yeast and hops in ways that create new, exciting craft selections. As the brewmasters state, they “hope to add to the conversation about what is craft beer” – not just be a silent participant in the recent craft beer boom. The focus here is on quality ingredients, clever combinations, and an appreciation of history that helps build the contents of every inviting bottle. Do you know what Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus strains are? No. Leave that brewing knowledge to the professionals.
Transmitter Brewing focuses on farmhouse ales, bringing together an assortment of various ingredients in ways you’d never imagine. One of my favorites is their HG1 Honey Golden Ale, a beer touched with the sweetness of a honeycomb in a way that makes me hate buzzing bees just a little bit less. Be careful though, it clocks in around 9% ABV, but goes down like the sweetest life-nectar you can imagine.
Also among my favorites is their F7 Sour Farmhouse Ale, a tasty little note that hits upon all the mouth-puckering sincerity of a proper sour beer without the sometimes off-putting aftertaste. I mean, we’re talking about beers like W3 Hibiscus Wit and H1 Zinfandel Harvest Saison – Transmitter has no fears about going into lands rarely explored, and they do so with impressive results. A hibiscus beer. A HIBISCUS BEER. In the hands of any other brewery I’d be skeptical, but with Transmitter’s stellar track record, I’d probably drink a lavender beer if they so chose to concoct one. Hints of pineapple, citrus, peppers, and so many others dance about the artisanal brews that Transmitter throws out, so you’re always in store for a surprise. A happy, bubbly surprise.
Duck into the Transmitter brewery next time you’re crossing the Pulaski Bridge. Watching Rob and Anthony in action is a true blast: their energy and passion is infectious! While other breweries are toying around with potent IPAs and other gimmicky profiles, Transmitter is going about craft brewing their own way – with the success to match. Queens boasts a handful of budding breweries, from SingleCut to Finback, and Transmitter is right there hanging with the best. Go ahead and see for yourself.