Brewer Rich Buceta of Singlecut Beersmiths - Biography

Queens, NY

April 2013

While a position in a high-profile advertising agency conjures images of Mad Men-style imbibing, marketing exec-turned brewer Rich Buceta doesn’t credit his first career with cultivating his love of suds. It growing up in New Hyde Park, Long Island, where a frosty can was ample reward for mowing the lawn, that the seeds were sown. College brought the requisite high-volume low-quality beer consumption, but for Buceta it also brought the beginnings of small-batch exploration.

When his career brought him to Toronto, Buceta was only too happy to discover the rich Canadian craft beer culture, as well as the art of home brewing. Joint brewing sessions with a friend soon launched Buceta on his solo journey, in which he quickly eschewed rigid recipes in favor of experimentation.

Returning to New York, Buceta didn’t let the dimensions of his Manhattan kitchen constrain his creativity. He quit the marketing game in 2008 and landed a job at Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Beer Works on the merit of his own brews. Working his way from keg scrubber to brewer in just 8 months, Buceta studied commercial beer production in preparation for striking out on his own.

Mid 2011 Buceta sold his vintage guitar collection to finance his new undertaking in Astoria, Singlecut Brewery, named for those very guitars. There he produces lagers and ales in a hoppy labor of love, earning a 2013 StarChefs Rising Star Brewer Award.