Rockaway Brewing Company (Rockaway Beach)
Arverne NY 11692
(Rockaway Beach / Arverne)
Quirky Rockaway Brewery outlet near Rockaway Beach.
Directions - Take the A train to Beach 67th Street, take the western (Beach 69th Street) exit (the exit is one side only eastbound - otherwise walk to or from Beach 67th Street which is the only westbound exit and entrance), walk north on Beach 69th Street, turn left on Amstel Boulevard, keep going straight ahead when the road forks, turn right briefly on Beach 72nd Street.
Located way out in suburbia, a few minutes walk from Rockaway Beach, is this quirky Rockaway Brewery tied house set up during summer 2016 in a former ambulance storage depot. It is a focal point with the local community, with people's photographs and personal quotes on display on the far side to the bar area. There is also artwork on display, some in graffiti style. Some tables (without stools) are made out of brightly painted heavy duty cable reels. To add to the quirkiness of this place, there is a bike station with an array of tools for fixing any problems your bicycle may have. In the front, there is a fair sized patio with tables. The flight path of planes landing at JFK Airport is a block or two to the east, so every couple of minutes if you look out of the entrance or are in the patio you'll see a plane at close range. Plane spotters should be able to see the numbers with a pair of binoculars. There are usually 8 Rockaway beers on tap, though there is capacity for 10. These are brewed at the original Rockaway Brewing Company's site in Long Island City. You can also take beer away in 2 pint cans filled from the taps as there is a 'Crowler' machine behind the bar. The Rockaways now have something going for them with this place, previously the whole area was a craft beer wasteland. (10/2016)
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