Queens Brewery at 1539 Covert St. is Ridgewood’s only beer hall, since the heavy metal-themed Bierleichen closed suddenly early last year. Please don’t start shouting at me about Gottscheer Hall — it’s a great spot and a pillar of the neighborhood, but it’s more a bar with a banquet hall than anything that could be rightly called a “beer hall.”
So what did I think about Queens Brewery? I think that…it has promise….. Queens Brewery currently makes three brews: Queens Lager, Queens Blau, and Queens Blvd — a lager, an ale, and an IPA, respectively. I sampled each of them, and they’re all really good… Of the space — and it’s a huge space — not taken up by production equipment, only about a third of it is accessible to beer imbibers. The rest is a construction zone dominated by half-built tables, power tools, and other construction detritus. Why owner Nelson Rockefeller went ahead with the opening before the space was completely finished is beyond me, but its honestly kind of…weird.
Even more exciting to us is the news that Evil Twin owner Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso will soon be opening a beer hall in Ridgewood. Jeppe lives in the neighborhood, and his twin brother just opened a Mikkeller Brewery at Citi Field. Not only are we certain the beer will be stellar at Evil Twin, the space will host the original sign from “Twin Peaks:”
[Jeppe] has acquired an old ballroom with saloon-style bathroom doors, heavy drapes and disco balls. “When we saw it it was like a party had been suspended,” Ms. Jarnit-Bjergso said….
A construction team is busy retrofitting the venue into Jeppe’s dream brewery. The courtyard, enclosed by a pastel pink wall, will become a year-round greenhouse and seating area. A side area is being turned into a barrel room where beer will be aged in wine and bourbon vessels. There, the original sign from “Twin Peaks,” the noir television series, will be on display. “When people are in here drinking, it will be good for them to have something to look at,” said Jeppe.
Jeppe visits the brewery, which is still under construction, every day. “I live two miles away and am involved in all the recipes,” he said. Like Mikkeller, Evil Twin will also make beers specific to New York City.