Starting April 20th, those beers — along with Black Duck Porter, Summer Ale and the Harbor Pale — will be distributed to Waldbaums, King Kullen, local IGA supermarkets, 7-Eleven and Whole Foods across New York, said founders John Liegey and Richard Vandenburgh.
The bottles will be available in Buffalo and as far north as Canada. By May, the beers will be available in Connecticut too.
“When we started almost six years ago, we thought we would just be in a little firehouse,” Vandenburgh said. “It’s just amazing how it’s taken off. It’s pretty mind-blowing.”
The mood in Greenport Harbor Brewing’s Peconic bottling room was jubilant Wednesday afternoon. Employees took turns filing fresh bottles into the labeling machine and placing the finished bottles into six-packs. In between checking the machines and putting away bottles, Liegey whipped out a camera to document the day.
When an employee accidentally dropped an empty brown bottle near the labeling machine, shattering the bottle to pieces, the rest of the workers laughed and cheered.
When beer and food are paired well together, it brings out the best flavor in both the meal and the brew, according to Greenport Harbor Brewery Company co-owner John Liegey.
That was certainly the case Thursday night at Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. For the month of January the restaurant is teaming up with a different local brewer each Thursday night for a carefully crafted four-course dinner and beer pairing. (more…)
Photos by Matt Furman (bottom left photo by Randee Daddona)
John Liegey and Richard Vandenburgh are local innovators, opening the North Fork’s first brewery in Greenport in 2009. They perceived opportunity, not adversity, during prior visits to the beer-desolate peninsula and wanted to inject variety into the village, once a prominent whaling port, with a hops-wrapped harpoon. (more…)