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The 'Alewife' creator of potions both medicinal & spiritual. 


Founded by wife/husband Roz & Patrick Donagher in 2021, Alewife Brewing is the only all-immigrant-run brewery in New York City with its two Irish owners and all-Latino brewing team with Chris Mercedes, Fernando Carrasco, and Juliana Castro at the helm. Alewife Brewing builds on a two-decade history of the Donaghers operating some of New York City’s most beloved craft beer havens including Rattle N Hum, The Jeffrey and Fools Gold. A long-standing dream to own and operate an immigrant-run NYC brewery based on the family values that made their Manhattan bar ventures a huge success finally came to fruition with the opening of Alewife Brewing in Sunnyside Queens. 

Paying tribute to the historical roles that women played in bringing peace to past societies with an abundant love of nature and prowess for brewing delicious beer, the Donaghers named their brewery after the “Alewives" of centuries past. Alewife Brewing takes its name from the “Alewives” who brewed elixirs for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Alewives of ancient times brewed potions for shamanistic rituals with locally grown psychedelics. The beer at Alewife Brewing has an aim, a purpose, and a dream, to bring our community of imbibers as close to a transcendental experience as legally possible!

The Donaghers believe that delicious beers should be enjoyed amongst friends and family while also celebrating a tradition dating back thousands of years that’s always had a great sense of community connection at the heart of it all.

Interested in adding our exceptional beers at your establishment?

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Taproom with indoor and outdoor seating at 41-11 39th Street, Sunnyside

Monday - Thursday: 5pm - Midnight
Friday: 2pm - Midnight
Saturday: 10am - Midnight

Sunday: 12pm - Midnight

Happy Hour Monday to Friday open until 6pm.

Taproom drinks and snacks

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  • Mar 01, 2024, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Alewife Brewing Taproom, 41-11 39th St, Queens, NY 11104, USA
    Rock out to one of Queens' best, Believe in Ghost! as part of their "First Friday" Residency at Alewife Brewing
  • Mar 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Queens, 41-11 39th St, Queens, NY 11104, USA
    Trivia Night hosted by NYC Trivia League! Put your knowledge to the test to win some awesome prizes. 1st Place: One Case of Alewife Brewing Beer 2nd Place: Two 4-Packs of Alewife Brewing Beer 3rd Place: One 4-Pack of Alewife Brewing Beer
  • Mar 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Alewife Brewing Taproom, 41-11 39th St, Queens, NY 11104, USA
    Come on in for the hilarious Angela Mansberry Show! Play some fun bingo, drink our beers and win some prizes - including beer, merch, and a cash prize for the final round winner!
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We offer home delivery to residents in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan & Long Island.

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We only ship beer within New York State.

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