Patrick Donagher's family opened up a bar in northwest Ireland, kicking off four four generations in the industry: "I would go into the bar before school, lunchtime, and after school to work, so it was kind of the only thing I knew."
Patrick immigrated to the US in 1999, joining his brother opening up a series of bars in New York City. Patrick took over a fading taproom called Alewife in Long Island City, and figured he could flip it.
He ended up investing more into it, and thought of starting a brewery because all his bars were craft beer-focused. When the landlord wouldn't permit him to build it out as much as he wanted, Patrick moved the operation to Sunnyside.
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