Lessons in Freshness: Gowanus Brewery to Release Beer Before Officially Opening for Business


When Threes Brewing‘s Greg Doroski told us Single Tree IPA would “only be served at its peak freshness” earlier this month, he wasn’t spewing brewshit, a unique variation of bullshit promulgated by brewers; he was serious!

Though Threes is still in the midst of formation, Doroski’s first batch of Single Tree is ready to drink, so the 5,000-square-foot brewpub at 333 Douglass Street in Gowanus has decided to open at a limited capacity for one day, this Saturday. “I’m not trying to be corny or pretentious,” he explains, “but we’re making a uncompromising dedication to freshness here. The IPA will be ready on that day, so we need to drink it. Time isn’t forgiving to the style. Also, it’d just be a great opportunity for people to preview our space and some of our other beers.”

The event, dubbed “Smite the Brite,” will feature three beers from Threes: Single Tree, which will also be sold to-go in 64-ounce growlers at $10 (the first 250 jugs are being pre-sold now); Aboretum, a pale ale brewed with a mixed fermentation of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces yeasts; and Wandering Bine, a “rustic and fruity saison,” Doroski says. The bar will also serve some wines, while Delaney BBQ is handling the day’s eats. “They’re the closest thing to Texas-style barbecue in New York,” says Andrew Unterberg, one of the brewpub’s three partners. He’s a native of Texas.

Threes, in addition to a 15-barrel brewery, a 24-draft bar, and a restaurant (“We’re really close to making a final decision for a chef,” Unterberg says), will house the first Brooklyn location of Ninth Street Espresso and an event space named Tiny Montgomery. Its full opening is slated for the end of November.


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