June 14, By Bill Parry
Big Alice Brewing, located at 8-08 43rd Rd., is having its grand opening on Saturday from 1-5pm.
The new brewery, the second to open in LIC this year after Rockaway Brewing Company, will pour a Heather ale and sell 10 different beers in 750ml bottles.
“I’m not sure what to expect when we open the doors,” said Kyle Hurst, one of the 3 founders. “There could be six people or 600 – we’ll see what happens.”
The owners are planning on handing out cards at the opening of the LIC Flea that will also open on Saturday just 5 blocks away.
Hurst and two other home-brew hobbyists, Scott Berger and Robbie Crafton, built the brewery after moving into a 1,000 sqf warehouse space used to store bibles. “That’s pretty fitting when you consider that monks and nuns created beer,” said Hurst.
It took the men two years to obtain the permits needed to produce beer.
After Saturday’s opening, Big Alice will be open to the public for tasting and sales on Fridays from 5-7:30pm.