Why you should care
Because sometimes it pays not to listen to your father.
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Since opening its doors in 2006, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, New York, has earned some serious love. The microbrewery is a favorite on the beer circuit — and has even pulled in a few gold medals from the Great American Beer Festival.
The brewery is a bit of a father-son enterprise: Son Scott Vaccaro founded the business, and his dad, Vince, joined later as CFO. While the pair are as close as peas in a pod (or hops in a yard), beer was an early point of contention.
When Scott told his dad of his dreams of becoming a brewer (disrupting the original plan that he would follow in Vince’s footsteps and enter the world of finance), Vince’s initial response was: “I really wanted to strangle him at that time.”
Luckily, he refrained, and the story of Captain Lawrence was allowed to continue.