When opportunity puts your dream within reach, make sure you’re ready to make it a reality.
Which is exactly what happened when Brian Eckert of Four Quarters Brewing met with Greg Huysmen at Opportunities Credit Union. Armed with a well drawn up business plan, Brian sat down with Greg to discuss a small business loan that would help him secure the brewing equipment and lease needed for his brewery’s Winooski location. Opportunities was happy to help Brian get started with his brewing business and do their part in making his brewery dreams come that much closer to fruition.
Four Quarters Brewing is located at 150 West Canal Street in Winooski, Vermont. In the heart of town, and within walking distance to Burlington, the brewery is ideally located in the hub of the local community. And, as it turns out, that is exactly where Eckert wants his brewery to be. Committed to being a positive focal point of the neighborhood and community, Eckert is working with local businesses and working to make Four Quarters a central location for produce and other artisan and local products. As a matter of fact, Eckert’s commitment to community development and nurturing is one of the things that really impressed Opportunities from the start. The brewery is already a market place for Vermont honey, eggs, and as the weather improves, Brian hopes to be a CSA pickup location and storefront for other local wares.
With their Grand Opening this past March (2014), Four Quarters is already selling out of their beers faster than they can brew them. Specializing in Belgian and American brews, Four Quarters also likes to experiment with different flavors and styles. Using fruits, spruce tips, a wide range of yeasts and hops, and fermenting in previously used whiskey and wine barrels, Four Quarters’ products are a combination of traditional old world and small-batch, Vermont crafted beers.
Even though they’ve only been open a few weeks, Brian already has his eye on the future. With plans already in the works for expansion, Eckert has no doubt he’ll come back to Opportunities when the time comes. As Brian sums up his thoughts, “the fact that Opportunities was there when I initially started, I would naturally want them to be there for the next phase. And, I think, they would want to be there as well, and not just for the financial reasons, but…not just to help me, but to help the greater community too.”