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



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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.