The suds are flowing in Montauk once again, as Montauk Brewing Company has officially re-opened for business, after expanding its building on South Erie Avenue to allow the company to brew its beer on site for the first time since its inception.
“We’re thrilled to bring the brewery to our hometown finally,” says Vaughan Cutillo, co-owner of Montauk Brewing Company. The entire process, including acquiring the permits and building the roughly 1,200 square foot extension to the gallery-tasting room, took about three years. The actual build-out was a yearlong process, and the brewery was closed for much of spring 2015. “The support from the community has been tremendous, and we are eager to get people in to see what they have supported,” Cutillo continues.
Cutillo and friends Eric Moss (brewmaster) and Joe Sullivan (CEO) founded Montauk Brewing Company in 2012. Though the recipes are all Montauk, the actual brewing process had previously been completed off-site (contract brewed).
With the permits now in place, the brewery will be able to do flights, pints and growlers to-go. Previously, Montauk Brewing Company was only able to serve flights and growlers. “The taproom will now feature six taps with beers that will rotate more often,” Cutillo says. “We will be able to use local ingredients in certain beers and have more flexibility to brew more styles.”
On tap as of late July is the Montauk Summer Ale, Session IPA, Helmsman Hefeweizen, Driftwood Ale, OffLand IPA and the Guardsman Stout. “In the tanks as we speak are two of the first beers brewed in Montauk—a new recipe Pale Ale and a new take on OffLand utilizing more hops,” says Cutillo.
Of course, Montauk Summer Ale, Driftwood Ale and Session IPA are all available in cans across Long Island and—as of this coming September—the brand will expand to New York City. As of now, the cans reach as far west as Queens. The Session IPA has been served at CitiField, home of the Mets, since Opening Day, and the Montauk Summer Ale has recently joined the lineup.
“We want to create jobs and build our brand to really show what Montauk is at its heart—a group of hard working, outdoor motivated individuals with infinite amounts of persistence,” says Cutillo of the new brewery. “This has been a passionate journey for us, and we are thrilled to continue building this alongside our community.”
Visit Montauk Brewing Company at 62 South Erie Avenue, montaukbrewingco.com, 631-668-8471.