BIG aLICe BREWING began production in January 2013. On our original 10-gallon pilot system, we brewed and exclusively bottled flavor-forward, one-off batches, which we sold on-premises through our CSB membership program.
Founders Kyle Hurst and Scott Berger connected with local CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) and Food Co-ops to find local, fresh, and organic ingredients with the idea of preserving seasonal flavors through beer.
Since 2013, we have opened a taproom for onsite drinking, expanded our brewing capacity. We are still committed to creative small-batches and continue to brew beers that challenge us and excite you.
In 2019 we opened our Barrel Room, a dedicated barrel aging facility within Industry City, Brooklyn. With a large taproom and space for many barrels, this is an exciting venue that allows Big aLICe BREWING to keep getting bigger and bigger.
On May 1st, 2021 we opened our third location in the Finger Lakes, consisting of a brewery housing a 15bbl brewhouse, taproom, and amazing grounds. Our family and dog-friendly facility encompass the laid-back and relaxing atmosphere of the Finger Lakes. We are proud to be part of the craft beer scene in the region.
As a licensed New York State farm brewery, our beers support local and state agriculture. We partner with state hop farmers and maltsters to source ingredients and collaborate with local Queens businesses for specialty ingredients such as cold brew coffee, donuts, honey, and beyond.
The Queens skyline is marked by the four Ravenswood, red and white generator stacks. The largest of these generators was built by the Milwaukee-based company, Allis-Chalmers. In 1963 they operated the world’s largest generator producing enough units to serve 3,000,000 people. Acknowledging the large population it served at the time, the Queens community nicknamed the generator ‘Big Allis’. Our name honors a Queens landmark and connects us with the history and growth of our borough, and immediate neighborhood of Long Island City.
Big aLICe Brewing is a licensed New York State farm brewery dedicated to crafting innovative, locally-sourced beer. Proud to be located in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Finger Lakes, we love our state! We believe that beer supports and builds community, and we want our beer to start conversations about what it means to be local and about the process of making great beer. Come visit and explore the awesome potential of craft beer with us!