Our story begins in 2009, when Astoria Wine and Spirits opened up in Astoria, Queens as a boutique wine and spirits store. We focused on providing the best, most interesting and affordable wines. But there were two questions we were asked a lot: where can I get good cheeses nearby? Where can I find craft beers around here? After a little research, we found that there wasn’t a full-service cheese shop in Astoria, nor was there a shop dedicated only to craft beers. In early 2010, the idea of Astoria Bier and Cheese was born.
The location hunt proved to be much harder than anticipated. After two years searching through dozens of storefronts, my landlord (the nicest in Astoria!) decided to give up her office space adjacent to the wine shop, and Astoria Bier and Cheese officially had a place to call home.
At about the same time, I met Rick White, who would assist me in developing the Astoria Bier and Cheese concept. We opened our doors in October 2012, and it was off to the races! The positive response was so overwhelming that Rick and I partnered to open Astoria Bier and Cheese Ditmars in March of 2014.
But we didn’t stop there. In early 2015 I decided it was time to try this concept in Manhattan, and that was when Milk & Hops was born. Just like the original Queens locations, Milk & Hops is the craft beer and cheese institution that every neighborhood needs. Whether you’re shopping our carefully curated selection of craft beer, cheese and gourmet goodies to take home or settling in for a glass or two at the white marble bar, we’re your one stop neighborhood spot!
At both Astoria Bier and Cheese and Milk & Hops we source the best cheeses and charcuterie from around the world, whether from importers and distributors or directly from the farms that make them. We take pride in serving quality products, made by people who truly care about their craft, and we delight in connecting our customers to these important artisans. Take one look at our beer cooler and you will know we mean business. Chat us up and we’ll be happy to discuss and help you make the right choice from our impressive selection.
Our rotating draft lineup makes the perfect pair to our delicious grilled cheeses, sandwiches, cheese plates and other snacks. Find in IPA you simply must take home? No problem! We also fill growlers. Throwing a party or having a fancy meeting at work? Take a look at our catering menu!