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Jan 5, 2018 10:33 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Brewing Company Officially Moving Into Business Park At Gabreski Airport

The Westhampton Beach Brewing Company's new location at 220 Roger's Way in Westhampton Beach. COURTESY GREGORY GORDON.
Jan 9, 2018 12:17 PM

The Westhampton Beach Brewing Company is officially moving into the business park near Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, hoping to tap its barrels in time for the village’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 10.

Former wine executives Brian Sckipp and John Salvaggio, businesswoman Kate Tedesco, and former John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House master brewer David DeTurris have cosigned a 10-year lease with Plainview-based Rechler Equity Partners for a 4,800-square-foot space on Roger’s Way in Westhampton.

Their new facility is part of the 60,000-square-foot building that anchors the Hampton Business District, a business park on the western side of Gabreski Airport. The brewing company will join tenants including Tate’s Bake Shop and AC Lighting & Electric.

Ted Trias, director of acquisitions and leasing at Rechler Equity Partners, declined to disclose the cost of the lease, although Mr. Sckipp said that the founders were “very happy” with the lease amount.

Childhood friends-turned-business partners Mr. Sckipp and Mr. Salvaggio said they also are thrilled with their new location. “This is the part of Long Island we love the most, and Westhampton Beach has great access to both the North and South Forks,” Mr. Sckipp said.

About 1,500 square feet of the brewery’s space will be devoted to a tasting room, while the other 3,300 square feet will be occupied by manufacturing, packaging and storage facilities. Mr. Sckipp said that the company has already purchased a 15-barrel system and he hopes to begin construction soon.

They added that Rechler Equity Partners is also developing its nearly complete adjacent property, 200 Roger’s Way, which the brewing company could use if it outgrows its original property. This second building will be a 68,000-square-foot, single-story structure made to accommodate varying businesses’ needs, from film production space to company showrooms.

The developers eventually intend to construct eight more buildings on the 55-acre parcel to make the business park a true economic hub.

“[Westhampton Beach Brewing Company] chose this location because it was the right fit for their company, as Rechler had the ability to provide a turnkey property, the space they needed to get the company up and running, while providing the flexibility for future growth at the Hampton Business District,” said Mr. Trias.

One of the original cornerstones of the business is a special beer the company will produce and donate a portion of its proceeds to a Long Island charity. Mr. Salvaggio said that the timeline for that production is still uncertain, and although they originally planned to release the special beer every March, this year’s variation may debut later this year or early next.

“It’s the core of who we plan on being,” added Mr. Salvaggio.

Despite the uncertainty of the timeline, primarily due to winter weather, the co-founders feel confident that they will be up and running by the St. Patrick’s Day parade, a significant celebration in the nearby village every March, and are delighted that they’ll be operating in their favorite spot.

“Every day’s a beach day,” said Mr. Sckipp, quoting the company’s motto. “We get to work where other people vacation—it’s the dream.”

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By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Jan 5, 18 4:58 PM
Best of luck!
By Craigcat (258), Speonk on Jan 8, 18 3:30 PM
Isn’t this the same group that wanted to crowd source their startup costs? Pathetic...
By G (342), Southampton on Jan 12, 18 12:07 AM
Isn’t this the same group that wanted to crowd source their startup costs? Pathetic...
By G (342), Southampton on Jan 12, 18 12:07 AM