Four Phantoms Brewing Co. moving into former Lefty’s building in Greenfield

  • Drew Phillips and his wife, Jennifer Hall, are moving their Four Phantoms Brewing Co. into the former Lefty’s Brewing Co. space on Wells Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Drew Phillips and his wife, Jennifer Hall, are moving their Four Phantoms Brewing Co. into the former Lefty’s Brewing Co. space on Wells Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/21/2021 3:20:33 PM

GREENFIELD — Mashing, boiling and fermentation are returning to 301 Wells St., as Four Phantoms Brewing Co. plans to move into the former Lefty’s Brewing Co. space.

Drew Phillips, who founded Four Phantoms in 2019, said he signed a five-year lease on Monday and plans to move in as soon as possible, with hopes of being open in some capacity by summer while keeping staff and customers protected from COVID-19.

“When we were picking out a place to call home we really wanted to find a forever home for our first brick-and-mortar,” Phillips said. He runs the business with his wife, Jennifer Hall. “Once we get installed there, we don’t have any intention of leaving.”

Lefty’s closed in April 2019 following nine years in business, with owners Bill and Melissa Goldfarb citing family health and a desire to move onto a new chapter in their lives. The structure was most recently a location of Aromatic Fillers, maker of custom scented candles.

Phillips explained the lease starts Feb. 1. Beer production permits won’t be issued until the buildout is finished, and equipment is installed and inspected.

Phillips and Hall, who live in Easthampton, learned of the available spot through their contacts at Greenfield Savings Bank.

“It’s a really attractive space for a brewery,” Phillips said, adding that there is plenty of room for expansion and he plans to build out a replacement taproom with 13 beers on tap, most exclusive to 301 Wells St. Some of Four Phantoms’ beers include Dirt Weed double IPA and Worship Doom imperial stout.

Phillips said the space is large and has a lot of room for storage on the second floor. He also mentioned there will be a community room that nonprofits and other groups can use for meetings, gatherings and professional retreats.

Phillips, who grew up in different places across the country due to his father’s career in the defense industry, and Hall, a Hampshire College graduate, plan to hire seven employees once situated. They run their business out of their home office and currently brew their beer at Brewmasters Brewing Services in Williamsburg.

Phillips got involved with brewing in 2012 and cut his teeth in Portland, Ore. He said he has worked as a musician, tutor, special education teacher and bartender. He mentioned he is also lead cidermaker at Artifact Cider Project, a job in Florence he plans to keep for as long as is feasible.

The 36-year-old said the name Four Phantoms is a nod to a year’s four seasons and the distinctive characteristics they offer.

“Beer is such a part of the seasonal experience,” Phillips said. “We brew our beers to be nice companions to what’s going on with the weather.”

More information is available at fourphantoms.net.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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