Sampling Farmhouse Ales at Transmitter Brewing

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A trip to Transmitter Brewing takes a little more effort, but it’s definitely worth it. If you are a fan of traditional farmhouse ales, a visit to Transmitter Brewing is a must. Theirs are some of the best I’ve had in a long time.

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It’s a small location, tucked under the Pulaski Bridge in Long Island City, Queens. There’s no taproom, but there is a small tasting room where you can taste some delicious beer. Behind the garage door next to the tasting room entrance is the actual brewing facility. You can take a peek at where the beer is brew, and there is also a small seating area if you are with other people and want to purchase beer to drink on site. Transmitter brews their beer in larger, corked bottles – perfect for sharing. You can also purchase bottles to take home for later consumption.

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We sampled three beers during our visit: the G1 Golden Ale, the F4 Brett Farmhouse Ale, and the H4 Italian Plum Sour Farmhouse Ale. My favorites were the G1 and F4, as I’m not a fan of sours, but another taster who really enjoys sours said that the H4 was also delicious. If you’ve never tried one before, farmhouse ales generally have a fruity note, with a little more body to it – some have an earthier, slightly funky taste. The yeast is usually suspended in the beer, making it a little cloudy. (I’ve been told that the yeast in the beer is actually healthy for you, although I’ve never confirmed that!) They are very drinkable beers, but robust and a little rustic. There’s a lot of flavor packed in the bottle. Transmitter regularly brews new beers, so there’s likely to be something different every time that you visit.

Here’s a display in the tasting room that shows some of the previous beers that have been brewed.

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How can you get to Transmitter Brewing? If traveling by subway, take the 7 train to the Vernon Blvd./Jackson Ave. station. When you get off the train, walk south along Vernon Boulevard, crossing both 51st Avenue and Borden Avenue. Turn left on Borden and then right on 11st Street. You will walk parallel to Pulaski Bride. After you cross 53rd Avenue, Transmitter Brewing is on the right. You can also get to Transmitter Brewing by way of the Long Island Railroad, getting off at the Long Island City station. The tasting room is only open limited hours at this time: Fridays from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm. (But check Transmitter’s website to verify times before you go.)

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