Brooklynites Opening 'Nanobrewery' With Beer Share in Long Island City

By Jeanmarie Evelly on November 26, 2013 9:36am 

 Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi will open Transmitter Brewing in Long Island City in late winter or early spring.
Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi will open Transmitter Brewing in Long Island City in late winter or early spring.
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Transmitter Brewing

LONG ISLAND CITY —  Two homebrewers from Greenpoint are crossing the bridge to open a new "nanobrewery" in Long Island City — the latest to join a growing group of beer-makers that now call the neighborhood home.

Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi are planning to open Transmitter Brewing, as the Daily News first reported, where they'll churn out a number of brews, including many French and Belgian-style farmhouse ales.

Transmitter will operate out of a space on 11th Street right under the Pulaski Bridge and it will join several other Queens-based independent breweries to arrive on the scene in recent years, including Rockaway Brewing Company and Big Alice Brewing — both in Long Island City — and SingleCut Beersmiths in Astoria.

Kolb, a digital creative director for an ad agency, said it was the popularity and proliferation of other small-scale breweries that inspired him and Accardi, who runs a photography lab, to open their own space after having homebrewed together for the last two years.

"It's more accessible for a startup brewery to happen because there's so much more awareness about [it now]," he said. 

Transmitter Brewing will sell 750 ml bottles of their suds, and will also offer a "community supported brewery" option, where members get a share of beers every month that they pick up at the brewery or at another designated location in the area.

Kolb said they are hoping to open their doors in late winter or early spring.

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