Rockaway Brewing Co.

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46-01 5th Street, Long Island City,
New York  11101


(718) 482-6528

First Visited

November 10, 2018

Rockaway Brewing Co.’s founders/owners, Marcus Burnett and Ethan Long have come a long way since they both started brewing beer in their backyards some years ago. The two dudes would head to the beach to hit the waves with their surf boards and soak up some fun in the sun, then head back home to kick back a cold home brewed beer.

In 2012, Burnett and Long were considering turning their hobby of brewing beer in their backyards to becoming business partners. The two longtime friends were going to jump start their brewing company at their current location on Beach 72nd Street in Rockaway, a former Battalion 47, EMS Station. However, Super Storm Sandy hit and threw a wrench into their plans.

Super Storm Sandy may have been the result of “a few speed bumps” to establishing the brewing company but it did not deter Burnett and Long to seek out commercial property in Long Island City where the damage from the storm was not so detrimental.

In a little corner of LIC, Rockaway is a no-frills brewery that attracts locals and visitors alike mingling over a rotating menu of ten beers on tap and hyperlocal craft ciders. The exterior brick of this establishment is ornamented with bright and eye-catching graffiti that features al fresco tables and seating during the warmer months. While in contrast, the inside features a simple yet straightforward bar with a handful of barstools

In 2013, Long found an empty space that used to be a meat packing plant and since the structure was efficient for a brewery, the Rockaway Brewing Co. was therefore created. Early summer of 2016, the duo were finally able to open up Rockaway location, at the initial location they set their eyes on before Superstorm Sandy hit

The local beach venue is a tap room that is close to the A Train and the beach — a convenient location for residents of the peninsula, as well as bennies — surfer lingo meaning, non local people. The Rockaway Brewing Co. is laid back and user friendly, welcoming patrons who come directly from the beach with their children and beach chairs in tow!

These days, we make all our beer by hand at a brewery in Long Island City, Queens. But before that, we were homebrewing in our Far Rockaway backyards – mainly so we’d have something to sip on after a day of surfing. The times may have changed, but we still handcraft every batch with the same fresh ingredients. You can snag RBCo all over Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan – or swing by our brew house to grab a glass, fill up a growler, tour the place, and jam to some reggae.

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