Beer coding! Doctor opens Somerset Brewing Company in West Hempstead
Long Islanders can now call Dr. Manny Fajardo for 350cc of beer. Statistics!
Fajardo, a doctor in New York, successfully operated on his Somerset Brewing Company on rented space at 94C Cherry Valley Ave. in West Hempstead for the past 2 1/2 years.
The Garden City native took to brewing on the outdoor patio of his Upper Eastside apartment about 10 years ago. Four years later, he moved his workspace to his brother Michael Fajardo’s garage, where his hobby matured.
“I think about four years ago I was like, ‘Wow, we’re doing some really good stuff,'” said Fajardo, who works day labor for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which specializes in acute COVID care. -19.
“And then we started giving kegs to friends at parties, and then giving away individual beers, and everyone said we should bottle them and sell them,” he continued. “We started selling kegs at parties, making a small name for ourselves in Nassau County and Garden City. And it kind of took off from there.
The Somerset Brewing Company was open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Now, in anticipation of Thursday night football, the brasserie will operate on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Customers can expect a variety of food trucks rolling up to the tap room, from Jamaican to Italian cuisine and BBQ pulled pork tacos. Live entertainment is also on the agenda. Fajardo’s uncle, Jack Licitra, a popular Bayport music teacher who opened for the Allman Brothers Band, produced more than a dozen albums and played in various blues projects, was the first musician to perform in the beer garden last Saturday.
10 draft beers
Since its opening on June 24, Fajardo has introduced clients to several important people in its life. His 10 draft beers are tributes to people who have made a lasting impression on him, including his family, friends and even their dogs, as is the case with Harmon, a misty summer kolsch, and Millie, a simple dry hop. APIs.
The Surgical Precision, a crisp and refreshing uniquely dry-hopped IPA, is named after its father, Dr. Manuel Fajardo.
“When my father immigrated to this country when he was about 30 years old, he was a qualified surgeon general from the Philippines,” Fajardo said. “When he came here, he did his residency in North Carolina and he majored in trauma surgery. He had an office in Forest Hills… where for 30 years he specialized in breast cancer oncology.
Named after his first dog, Memphis, a celebratory beer somewhere between an October party and an amber beer, is Fajardo’s favorite.
“A lot of these beers, I try to break them down really scientifically. I started with a lot of these beers a long time ago,” he said. “Memphis (was) about 10 years ago.”
La Perceus, a double dry-hopped IPA, is named after a patient with COVID-19.
“During the pandemic…one day I unfortunately lost seven or eight people,” he said. “One of them was this guy named Percy. He was a 32-year-old man, he had just had a one-year-old baby and I lost him.