The Best Brewery in New York Is Run by a Father and Son

The Best Brewery in New York Is Run by a Father and Son


Scott Yaccaro: So I started out making five
gallons at a time on the stove of my parents’ house, and now we’re doing about 1500 gallons
of brew. Like most 17-year-olds, just going over to
my friend’s one day to hang out after school, and walked into the kitchen and saw his dad
stirring a pot on the stove. When he told me he was making beer, all the
sudden the lightbulb went off and I was like, “All right, this is gonna be it, my best way
to actually get beer. I gotta make it myself.” And I asked him if he’d show me how, and he
said, “Go ask your parents. If they say yes, I’ll teach you how to make
beer.” Vince Yacarro: When Scott was a senior in
high school, we kinda discussed career paths and things to do. And I encouraged him to go into some type
of finance, whether it be accounting or finance marketing. And he followed into my footsteps and went
to Villanova University and spent his freshman year there in the business school. Scott Yaccaro: It was debatable as to whether
or not they were gonna invite me back for a second year at Villanova, because I was
not doing a lot of accounting homework. I was spending a lot more time doing my home
brewing, and it’s at Villanova that I realized that I could become a brewer as a profession,
and that’s when I decided to bring up the topic. Vince Yacarro: Thanksgiving vacation of Scott’s
freshman year, he came home and told my wife Linda that he wasn’t really liking being in
finance and accounting, and that he really wanted to be a professional brewer. At that time, Linda told him, “Well, I think
you need to tell your father that yourself.” Scott Yaccaro: I remember there being a lot
of screaming. I just remember them flipping out, yeah. Vince Yacarro: I was pretty upset, and really
wanted to strangle him at that time. Scott Yaccaro: But at the end of the day,
it was, “If not now, never.” I had no mortgage, had no kids, no wife, no
responsibilities. Vince Yacarro: He and I actually built the
first brewery together. From all the piping to putting up the tanks
and all, we put it together. Scott Yaccaro: By the itme we moved here,
he was retired from his career, and we were up on a 22-foot scissor lift putting in and
installing glycol pipes, screaming at each other, and having a good time. I don’t know double-entry bookkeeping. I don’t know how to balance a checkbook. I know how to make beer. So there’s not a big decision I make that
I don’t bounce him, still to this day. And in the beginning, obviously couldn’t do
any of it without him. Vince Yacarro: So yes, I followed somewhat
in his footsteps. Scott Yaccaro: My father has always supported
me in everything I’ve done. And if I was making maybe toothpaste or toilet
paper, maybe he wouldn’t be so excited, but it’s beer. I mean, who doesn’t like beer? He likes beer. So he gets to come to work, hang out, do quality
control, taste the beer. I always knew he’d come around. There’s no way. There’s no way he could stay away. Vince Yacarro: He’s here bright and early
in the morning, late at night, and he lives brewing beer and the whole process around
it from growing to selling it. And he’s dedicated the last almost 17 years. Scott Yaccaro: Well, I would say always let
your children follow their own dreams, because going to work every day and doing something
you love is a blessing. And if someone’s gonna be forced into something
that really isn’t their dream, they’re gonna every day of their life.

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