Daniel Acosta spent time backpacking in Europe when he fell in love with Belgian beers. That sparked his desire to open up a brewery specializing in farmhouse ales and Belgian-style brews. He left a consulting job, attended brewing school, and studied in Munich, Germany. After learning the technical and scientific side of brewing beer, he began doing it in his garage in Westchester County.
Acosta met his future partner Damon Oscarson on a bus ride to a beer festival upstate. They gained a friendship over their love of wild Belgian beers and brought on Damon's friend Gianni Cavicchi, who was in charge of the beer program at Upper East Side restaurant Cafe D'Alsace. And as they say, this was the start of a beautiful beer friendship.
LIC Beer Project is no longer the newest brewery in the most densely populated brewery neighborhood in the city. It opened in 2015 joning the likes of Transmitter, Rockaway, and Big Alice. Since then, ICONYC has opened and Fifth Hammer is about to debut any week now.
This exciting community is why we have launched our Brewery Winery Distillery tour which can be customized to visit any of these breweries. LIC Beer Project is now just one of over 25 breweries in the entire city.
What makes LIC Beer Project stand out from the others is their focus on yeast-forward and Belgian-style beers. Over the years they have released a number of saisons with their house yeast (like the flagship Ardent Core), sours aged in wine barrels, and biére de gardes. Most recently, they have turned their attention to complex hoppy IPA's in cans like the recently released Hollows.
The tasting room sits right in front of the open brewhouse so you can visit Wednesday through Sunday to chat with the gang and drink your way through 10 draft lines It's in an industrial part of Long Island City so it's a little out-of-the-way, but feels like a secret beer mecca when you do arrive.
While they make crowd-pleasing IPAs, they also make beers that are a good introduction to more unusual, funky historic and Belgian styles. Things can get pretty wild here and stretch the imagination of what you think beer can be. LIC Beer Project is also easy to add to a day of beer hopping from local brewery to local brewery. You can do it on your own or get an insider's look on one of our beer tours. And while it's one of six LIC breweries, we think there's room for plenty more.
LIC Beer Project
39-28 23rd Street
Long Island City, New York 11101