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Greenport Brewery Owner Hopes to Be Making Beer in Peconic by July

Over a year after approaching the Southold Town Planning Board with initial plans to expand in Peconic, Rich Vandenburg says he’s moving forward the best he can at the former Lucas Ford dealership.

You might see the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company banner hanging from an upper corner of the former Lucas Ford dealership on the corner of Route 25 and Peconic Lane in Peconic — but with small steps in the town’s approval process and construction slow, Greenport beer will not be brewed in Peconic until at least July, said the brewery’s founder Rich Vandenburg.

But well over one year after announcing plans to expanding the Greenport Village operation to the much larger and visible space in Peconic, Vandenburg said he remains optimistic about the venture, which will breathe life back into the former Lucas Ford dealership’s buildings that have been vacant for years across from the Southold Town Highway Department and First Class Auto Body.

Vandenburg said the latest step in the approvals process is a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing this week on the construction of a new cold room. 

“Hopefully that all goes well,” he told Patch on Monday. “John and I are still hoping that we will be in a position to brew beer there by the end of July and provided the weather cooperates and my back holds out, we should make it. I have my tool belt on and shovel in hand and we are continuing to move forward with this expansion.”

Since 2009, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has been operating out of a renovated firehouse on Carpenter Street in Greenport, which Vandenburgh recently renovated again to increase production due to demand for the craft beer. But that expansion was not enough.

Vandenburg said that he is also excited to create additional jobs on the North Fork.

“As far as we can tell the local community is very supportive of what we are doing at the old Lucas site, and I am very, very proud of the fact that we are going to take what was becoming an eyesore on the Main Road and transform that location into a beautiful and environmentally friendly spot that will continue to drive dollars to the East End.”

Take a look at the latest rendering of the new brewery attached to this article.

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John February 05, 2013 at 11:51 AM
I'm curious, has Mr. Vandenburg indicated if the Greenport location will continue to be used as a tasting room and to brew beer when the move to the other space is completed?
Rich Vandenburgh February 05, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Hey John, Absolutely! Greenport is our heart and soul of who we are. We never have any plans to leave. We will continue to brew there and have a tasting room. We plan to do more specialty brews and make this our test kitchen. Thanks for your interest. Rich
ed finnegan February 05, 2013 at 02:36 PM
good luck to mr vandenburg...hopefully the town will do everything it can to expedite all necessary approvals....i suggest an accessory beergarden and well done landscaping in accord with the tradition adhered to by most of the wineries.
Bob Bittner February 05, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Will this venture become a Micro Brewery w/eats????
mhorine1 February 05, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Oooh, Bob Bittner, I hope so!!
Michael Hand February 06, 2013 at 01:09 PM
any restaurant the plans? The northfork lacks (big time) a real place to eat that is reasonable and good
Peter Maue February 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Always lots of fun going to Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. Nothing like a freshly brewed beer.
majortom1981 February 06, 2013 at 08:17 PM
I am not a local resident but I live by brickhouse brewey. I think if greenport Harbor brewing company made it a restaurant they could make a lot of money. Brickhouse is always busy. They get a lot of families eating there.
shane February 07, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Nothing like a freshly brewed LOCAL beer my friends! I hope to visit soon
Michael Hand February 07, 2013 at 01:15 AM
you know, it would be great to have a cigar bar there - unique since, locally, nearest one is in sagharbor and cigars and alcohol go well together (hint, hint)
Rich from the East End February 07, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I hope it has a pet friendly area. I will be great to stop in for a pint of pale after taking pooch to the pet park.

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