For a year and a half, Threes Brewing has turned out saisons, farmhouse ales, IPAs, pale ales and a house lager from its brewery in Gowanus, Brooklyn. In-the-know drinkers have sought them out on draft at better beer bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and have maybe stopped by the taproom to check out the latest rotating restaurant to take over for a three-week stint. (Pop-ups have included Roberta’s, Daniel Boulud and The Meat Hook. No bigs.)
But fresh off an expansion and the release of their second batch of cans, the three (of course) folks behind Threes Brewing are about to get a lot busier. The trio is composed of Justin Israelson, Josh Stylman and brewer Greg Doroski, formerly of Greenport Harbor in Greenport, New York. Yes, they’re a team of three, but the brewery’s name also references its address at 333 Douglas St.—”It was the best worst name we had,” Israelson says.
Threes produced about 1,000 barrels of beer in 2015 on its 15-barrel brewing system. The expansion adds space for about 200 barrels, a couple 30-barrel foeders, some wine casks and additional fermenters. Israelson says he expects production to triple that thousand-barrel mark this year. Despite that increase, Threes has no quick plans to expand its distribution area.
“For the time being, we just want to focus on [distributing around] New York,” Israelson says.”Things might change in the future but there’s such a dense population here and we feel it’s underserved.”
What has changed: How you can get Threes beer. After a crowd of people showed up to the brewery’s first can release, Threes has decided to move toward an online presale model, on which drinkers can sign up to buy the beer ahead of time, then show up on the can release day and collect it. (“We don’t want anyone to have to wait in line for our cans or bottles—beer is supposed to be a leisure sport,” the brewery explained in posting about the new format.)
That first release saw the debut of Vliet pilsner and Day of the Dead IPA 6-packs; this week’s release will be Chronic Myopia IPA, a 6.9% American IPA with tropical fruit and pine flavors for sale at $15 per 4-pack of 16-ounce cans. More stainless steel, courtesy of the expansion, will enable greater experimentation, and the packaging capabilities mean Threes will debut its first barrel-aged wild ales soon. Sign up for the brewery’s newsletter to stay in the know.