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Alewife Queens: Checking out a new beer bar may not seem worth a trek to Long Island City, but the space at the Alewife Queens just may be worth the journey. The airy, two-story location is long like a bowling alley and about as wide, filled with friendly communal tables, a lovely centralized chandelier, and even a party-ready second-floor patio. Beer prices are a bit high, especially for an outer borough (around $8 a pint) but well worth it with “no crap on tap” (obscurities such as Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast and Hill Farmstead Edward, par example) and a strong bottle list to boot. The wine and cocktail Iists are far better than to be expected at a craft beer bar (offerings include a pickled martini, $12) but it’s ultimately irrelevant: you’re here for the beer. Food options make for nice, interesting pairings; try Fisher Island oysters ($24), Octopus Provencal ($15) or items from their late-night menu (available till close). Beer geekery has long been localized to Manhattan and Brooklyn, but with Alewife, Queens is now officially in the (brew)house!