Singlecut Beersmiths: Mastery Knows No Shortcut

Tim & Ray met at a Singlecut Tap Takeover at SD, when she worked for Singlecut.

SingleCut was founded in 2012 by Rich Buceta, who sold his sold his collection of vintage guitars to finance the brewery. It was the first production brewery in Queens since Prohibition.

Beer names are generally musically themed: lyrics, bands, artists, musical instruments.

On Tap:

  • Softly Spoken Magic Spells – IIPA – Lyrics from Pink Floyd’s “Breathe.”
  • The Pleasure, The Privilege – Helles Lager – Lyrics from The Smiths’ song “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.”


  • Weird & Gilly – IPA – Refers to Bowie’s bass player & drummer.
  • Highway 41 – *taproom only release* we got a special hook-up – Reference to The Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man.”
  • Bright & Hollow Sky – DDH IPA – Lyrics from Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger.”
  • Twist Off – Extra Dry Lager – This one isn’t musical; it’s referencing twist off beer caps. ALSO 10% of Singlecut’s proceeds (all sales everywhere) for this beer goes to Sweet Relief, an organization helping out of work musical artists.
  • Kim – Sour – Kim Deal, vocalist of the Pixies.
  • Jan – White Lager – Jan Akkermann from the Dutch band, Focus, is one of Rich’s favorite guitarists.

In Our Own Voices

We selected this charity last month and are bringing them back again! Sania, Tim’s daughter, is a big advocate of the LGBT community. In light of the BLM movement, we felt it appropriate to highlight and support this Albany-based group dedicated to advocating for people of color in the LGBT community.

IOOV’s mission is to work for and ensure the physical, mental, spiritual, political, cultural
and economic survival and growth of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people of color communities.

They Seek to…

  • Develop the leadership of LGBT POC.
  • Strengthen the voices of LGBT POC in order to effectively communicate our perspectives within the larger community.
  • Increase our capacity for combating oppression and marginalization.
Hi All
THANK YOU! As CEO of In Our Own Voices, Inc. (IOOV) I would like to personally thank Tim, RayLynn, and Slidin’ Dirty for using their platform to highlight the work of IOOV and other community partners to spread awareness and positive change in the Capital Region!  Since 1998, IOOV has been a trusted community resource providing comprehensive services that address the social and health disparities that disproportionately impact Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people of color. IOOV primarily serves Albany, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery and Schenectady counties by providing: counseling, case management, advocacy, emergency assistance, food pantry, support groups, community events, information and referrals, HIV/Hepatitis C Testing; crime victim/survivor services, training and technical assistance, and more. On behalf of the communities we serve we would like to thank you for your donations and support. For more information about IOOV and how you can get involved, please visit our website at  or on Facebook at

As society is becoming more aware of the current and historical challenges faced by people of color and more conversations are being had about Black Lives, we wanted to make sure that the conversations and movements were inclusive of the diversity that exists within the Black/People of Color community so that when people hear “Black Lives Matter” they know that it means ALL Black Lives including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Black Lives. Therefore, when IOOV’s CEO met with the City of Albany to commission a Black Lives Matter mural/art instillation on Lark Street, she requested that the message be couched in between two Progressive LGBT flags. This initiative garnered local and national attention for its intentional and intersectional approach.

Tandra R. LaGrone, CEO