OK, we know Greenport Harbor Brewing Company doesn’t exactly qualify as a hidden gem. But even loyal consumers of the company’s craft beer might not be aware that the brewery’s Greenport location, housed in the old firehouse at 234 Carpenter St., is also a place to see some funky coastal art.
Head up a narrow staircase to find a sun-dappled room with primitive floors and the smell of beer in the air. Taps flow at the bar along the back wall, but the other walls show off rotating displays of sculpture, photography or painting curated by Ann Vandenburgh. If you appreciate the surrealistic line drawings on the brewery’s labels — done by East End artist Scott Bluedorn — you’ll vibe on the mystical, edgy aesthetic of the gallery, too.
You can see the art on weekends when the tasting room is open. But a secret is that you can make an appointment to view it on your own. Even better, you can rent out this quintessentially North Fork space to enjoy beer and art with a private group — it has hosted parties, a sailing club, poetry readings and more.
On display this month are mixed media fish by artist Steven Palmer, who constructs his sculptures from found objects like saw blades, golf tees and silverware.