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Fifth Hammer Brewing Company opens brewery, taproom in LIC

Fifth Hammer Brewery and Taproom. Photo by Juren David via Fifth Hammer Brewery Company on Facebook.

Oct. 12, 2017 by Nathaly Pesantez

The Fifth Hammer Brewing Company has opened up its facilities and taproom to the public, a little over a year since the owners moved into a former industrial space in Long Island City.

The brewery and taproom, located at 10-28 46th Ave., opened on Oct. 6 in a “grand opening weekend”, according to the brewery’s Facebook page. A 15-barrel brewery, fully completed on Sept. 15, makes up the brewery component of the site, while a taproom next door serves Fifth Hammer brews along with local craft beer. Some finger foods will be served in the taproom, but the focus will be kept on the beers.

Regularly scheduled live music will also fill the walls of the tap room—for the grand opening weekend, the music portion was spontaneously kicked off by Chris Cuzme, the brewery’s co-founder, who also happens to play the saxophone.

Cuzme, along with David Scharfstein, moved into the 46th Ave. space in Aug. last year. Prior to starting a new brewery, Cuzme worked as a brewer in a now defunct pub in Greenwich Village, where he learned to craft a wide variety of beers.

The brewery’s name comes from the legend of the Pythagorean hammers, where the fifth hammer in the set produced a discordant sound compared to the other four as they hammered, causing the Greek mathematician to disregard the fifth hammer. “It’s sort of outside the box, like me,” Cuzme said in an interview with the LIC Post last year. The musical element to the story also fits with the taproom’s live music component.

Fifth Hammer joins a string of breweries in Long Island City, including Rockaway Brewing Co., Big Alice Brewing, and LIC Beer Project.

The taproom opens at 3:00 p.m. on weekdays, and closes at 10:00 p.m. except for Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. and Fridays at midnight. Weekend opening hours are set at midday, with the taproom closing at midnight on Saturdays and at 10:00 p.m. on Sundays.

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And these imbeciles are drinking in an industrial site too. Hope they enjoy traces of lead and radon in their ipas and lagers.


These chump posers are only running this farce craft swill business to promote their music careers. The sick thing about this is that these dopes are getting tax abatements from the state’s failing start-up program.

It’s like this boozy culture is being induced and foisted on the public, and soccer too.


I get it, it’s all very meta…this MRLIC, that MRLIC, the real MRLIC, the newMRLIC, dipshitMRLIC. But for Christ sake, there was one guy who posted as this many, many moons ago…let him be.

Or much better yet…LICpost, please figure out your posting protocol.


As the REAL MRLIC, this is a serious issue. My reputation here on LICPOST is an important part of my identity and self-worth. These fake MRLIC’s will rue the day.


Change your name MRLIC. Who cares about your online reputation. Move on and start a new identity!


if you cared so much about your “reputation” on an anonymous message board, you would use your real name.


Oh great another HIPSTER brewery only serving IPAs. No thanks, I’ll stay drinking Listerine like usual.


I Like IPA’s but not Hipsters. Keep the Man-Buns, silly beards, goofy hats and bow ties in Brooklyn. LIC should strive to be better, not trash like Brooklyn.


Why does everyone label hipsters as trash? These people work and contribute to our local economy. Property values have gone up in once derelict areas that used to be full of crime, empty warehouses, and prostitutes. More restaurants and shops have opened up giving people jobs that once used to collect unemployment and or welfare. These businesses also pay taxes. I don’t get people sometimes…


Sorry, the dystopia you are describing just never happened in Hunters Point. It may not have been pretty, but it was an affordable, safe, friendly, cohesive neighborhood where people could find work that provided a decent living and own or rent their homes for a tiny fraction of what it costs today. Hipsters are the residue of a selfish, valueless, greedy, materialistic, unequal, sicko city. You’d only get what I just said if you were here to experience it for yourself. Hope you enjoyed your overpriced beer.


Well, Hunters Point is frankly a better neighborhood now. If you don’t like it, move.


How could it possibly be a better neighborhood when Frank is living in it?

and hipsters are beer snobs?

they have other beers besides IPA, and their IPA is far less offensive (hoppy) than I have come to associate with IPAs.


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