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Rego Park's First Craft Beer Bar Offering Local Suds and Free Wi-Fi

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | August 16, 2013 6:52am
 Q’s Kraft Bier will soon open on Eliot Avenue.
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QUEENS — A new kind of bar is brewing in Rego Park.

Q’s Kraft Bier, at 89-10 Eliot Ave., will offer a number of local beers, including suds from three Queens breweries, specialty wines, artisanal cheese, cured meats, gourmet paninis and salads, the owner said.

“I wanted to bring something different to this neighborhood and for people to have somewhere to go,” said Brandon Byrd, 30, the owner of the bar.

A Rego Park resident, Byrd said he was tired of having to travel to Astoria, Manhattan, Forest Hills or Williamsburg to enjoy craft beer paired with gourmet food.

Byrd, who also works as a project manager for an engineering firm in Long Island City, said he wants the bar to be a social spot. “You can come here with friends, have a drink, eat some good food and enjoy your time,” Byrd said. The bar will provide free Wi-Fi, he said.

Kids are also welcome, said Byrd, who has two daughters, ages 8 and 15 months. “We’ll have caramelized bananas, Nutella chocolate, peanut butter and jelly and a few other things for the kids,” he said.

Q’s, located one block from Queens Center Mall, will serve 10 beers and 2 wines on tap, in addition to more than 100 bottled beers, Byrd said.

Among draft beers, there will be suds from three breweries based in the borough — Queens Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Company and Singlecut Beersmiths. There will also be brews from the Bronx and Brooklyn breweries.

The bar will offer between 8 and 10 kinds of paninis — including one with Emmental cheese, pineapple, honey and ham. Beets with baby arugula, goat cheese and pine nuts will be among four types of salads.

Byrd is promising affordable prices, starting with $8-10 for a sandwich and a beer.

Q’s will also hold cheese, wine and beer tastings, Byrd said.