Greenport Harbor Brewing plans to expand in a Peconic location that will eventually increase the brewery’s production capacity more than tenfold.
The 2-year-old brewery plans to close on the purchase of a former Ford dealership in the spring that will enable it to produce as many as 25,000 barrels a year, compared with its current 2,000, said Richard Vandenburgh, a co-founder.
The company also plans to add bottling operations eventually. The location has 13,000 square feet, compared with 2,500 in Greenport, Vandenburgh said.
“Our production and the demand for our beer have just really kind of rocketed up in our current location,” he said. “We are going to max out at 4,000 barrels next year.”
As part of the expanded production, the brewery plans to double the number of full-time employees, which now total four. It plans to boost the number of part-time employees from five to eight.
The company expects to begin some production in Peconic by January of next year, Vandenburgh said. The brewery plans to keep its Greenport location, with its tasting room, and to add an apprenticeship program there.
Photo: A glass of beer at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. on Carpenter Street in Greenport. The building is a former firehouse. (April 17, 2011)