Updated: May 23
Fifth Hammer Brewing is our favorite Long Island City brewery. Despite the small size of the neighborhood there are actually six breweries in the area.
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Background history on Fifth Hammer
Interestingly, as of 4/29/22 there is no about us page on their homepage so I guess we'll give them an introduction. If they do add one, then perhaps it was due to us!
The two founders, Chris Cuzme and David Scharfstein, began looking for a location to set up their brewery and taproom back in 2015. Prior to that, Cuzme had been home brewing beer since 2001. The duo finally settled on 10-28 46th Ave in Long island city and first opened their doors on October of 2017.
They offer a wide selection of craft beer:
The list is not all inclusive because Fifth hammer brewing company doesn't actually maintain the same menu throughout the entire year. This brewery has a rotating selection of artisanal craft beers that changes every week or two. If you come back two weeks later, you may see a completely different menu of beer.
What we've seen them do is maintain a variety of different profiles but switch out an ingredient or two based on the seasons. For example for this one sour that we like, sometimes it'll be blueberry and other times it'll be raspberry. They don't always have that particular one but it'll rotate in for awhile and then disappear for a few weeks but it'll usually reappear at some later date either in the same flavor or slightly different one!
That keeps you coming back. With that being said, they do experiment and bring out completely new ones as well. They also keep some ciders and a couple of wines on the menu as well but their main focus is beer.
Hours and Contact information
Here are a couple of ways to contact them:
In person. 10-28 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101.
By phone. (718) 663-2084
By email. firstname.lastname@example.org
These are their hours:
Fifth Hammer brewery parking
Unfortunately there is no dedicated parking lot for Fifth hammer. There are some paid parking garages close but but you should be able to find some street parking as well. Most of the spots in the immediate area are residential and a little warehouse like but they're not metered. You can find metered spots if you approach closer to Vernon Boulevard.
Do they also serve food?
This brewery does not have a kitchen but they do serve simple bar snacks such as chips, jerkey, and sometimes chocolates.
In lieu of having a kitchen, Fifth Hammer does invite food trucks which are parked right outside on 46th Ave and you can find their information on their food calendar. Some of the food trucks that we've seen are:
Sometimes they also offer food from other restaurants as well such as:
Last but not least, you are more than welcome to bring your own food or have food delivered there. It is technically BYOF, bring your own food. Just for clarity, these food trucks and food offerings don't always stay the same and sometimes the vendors change!
How is the seating and peak hours?
They offer a variety of seating options, both inside and outside.
Indoor seating. There are quite a few tables inside but just to note, more than half of the space is actually occupied by the brewing machinery on the left side.
Bar seating. Traditional bar seating on high chairs.
Outdoor seating. They have quite a few tables placed along the sidewalk. During warmer weathers, you'll find large groups of friends just hanging out outside. Plus there is the food truck outside on most days!
How busy do they get:
Weekdays. Normally they aren't too busy but after happy hour, it does get busier but you can usually still find a spot pretty easily. The week nights on Fridays do get more packed!
Weekends. This place gets busy during the weekends! It tends to get pretty difficult to find seating but they do offer to go cans as singles or in four packs. Some people hop around the breweries since there are currently 5 with 1 more about to open soon in Long Island City.
What we like about them
Fifth Hammer brewing company is Dr David Chen's favorite LIC brewery because of their sour beer. It is amazing that they always have about three to four different sours on the menu at all times. It seems like sour beer are becoming more widely available now but in the past, it use to be really difficult to find them so it has been a blessing that it is available this close by to the office. It is a bit of a shame sometimes when the one you like disappears from the menu for awhile but they eventually come back!