Private Tap Article on Bridge and Tunnel Brewery


Envy Rich Castagna. Not for his workload (he’s the “one man” behind one-man nano dark beer haven, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery in Maspeth, Queens). Envy him because he used to fly to Europe for 12 bucks—and that’s how he learned about good beer.
Granted, this all happened while Castagna was working as a “baggage gorilla” at a European airline. But the payoff was sweet. “My exposure to cask ales was in England,” he says.  “I remember having a dunkel in a small town 30 miles from the Czech border in Bavaria, at a buddy’s little storybook house that he and his dad built themselves.” Castagna didn’t go straight from drinking in Grimm’s fairytales to professional brewing. He worked briefly as a teacher and actually ran his own clothing line. But it was his earliest post-grad job as a line cook in the great state of Montana that introduced Castagna to the country’s nascent micro-brewing culture—and the possibility of doing it himself.
“My exposure to good beer started in the early ’90s. I always had it in the back of my head to brew.”  After his clothing line ended “due to a handful of bad circumstances,” Castagna still had the brewer’s itch, and a strong penchant for running his own business. “I homebrewed consistently for 10 years and was building my brewery slowly for three of those years, without a clear understanding of where I was going with it.”

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...or just try his rich, dark beers: Ol’ Gilmartin Milk Stout, nutty Tiger Eyes Hazelnut Brown Ale and the potent Angry Amel Dunkelweizen.

- Liz Scott

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