A happy accident
Scott Sullivan (Owner of Greenbush) did not set out to open a brewery. In fact he was in the business of building custom furniture, when he injured, causing him to take 6 weeks off of work. With pins in his hand and plenty of time on his hands, Sullivan began making a few beers through a home-brewing kit.
“We were looking for a place for the brewery and this space (where the Taproom is now) became available,” Sullivan said. When Sullivan and Heckathorn looked at the building, it was empty after the laundromat closed. “It was defunct and we were connected to the guy who owns the building.
A year after opening in June 2011, an addition was made to the Taproom. In early 2013, Greenbush expanded from a 7-barrel brewhouse to 15 barrels.
Another year later, Sullivan opened the Annex across the street. Last year, Greenbush took over Fitzgerald’s – next to the Taproom – and turned it into the Clean Plate Club, where customers are served food.
“Other than the Taproom, the Clean Plate Club and the Annex, we have our offices, which will become some form of retail as we grow out,” Sullivan said. “We have a warehouse complex and took over a church down the street when it closed. We converted that into a full commissary kitchen with the potential for event space.”
Greenbush Brewing Co. opened June 10, 2011, and since has been a hit among craft beer enthusiasts. The brewery’s name stems from the nearby town co-owners Scott Sullivan and Justin Heckathorn grew up in. In the 1840s, Harbert was a whistlestop along the railroad and referred to as Greenbush. The two entrepreneurs chose the historical name as a homage to their hometown.
What began as a 32-person taproom has grown into a place that can hold more than 80 people – about 100 when taking outdoor seating into account.