"I made the decision to stop putting a tie on," Vandenburgh said.
Greenport Harbor has brewed about 60 styles of beer since launching. At the Peconic location, which opened in 2014, they brew large batches of fan favorites like Otherside IPA, Black Duck Porter, and pumpkin-flavored Leaf Pile Ale. The original firehouse in Greenport is where they experiment with small batches of new flavors. In 2015, Greenport produced nearly 1 million bottles of beer. The pair anticipate production will increase 80 percent this year.
Several years after first opening their doors, Vandenburgh shared what he wish he'd known before getting into the beer biz:
1. The cost of succeeding: "We wish we knew just how large the capital investment on a continuing basis would be. Each growth step triggers a domino effect of additional growth investment steps. More tanks means more kegs, more bottles, more hoses, etc."
2. Networking is key: "Knowing what to expect re: relationship-building has been a learning experience. It requires commitment and staff to support it."
3. Funding growth: "I wish we knew how difficult it would be to secure the type of commercial lending that a rapidly growing business model with a thin margin needs."