Threes Brewing Launches Brewpub in Gowanus


When Threes Brewing opened their doors earlier this week, it brought more than just craft beer to the neighborhood. Brooklyn’s newest brewpub is also a sizable event space, offering live performances, a coffee bar, and a rotating pop-up eatery.

Of course, beer will remain a central theme, and owner Andrew Unterberg–along with two partners, Joshua Stylman and Justin Israelson–express an interest in unique styles of suds. Sour beers, for example, will play a prominent role on the menu here. Tart and tangy, and brewed in the tradition of Belgian Lambics, sours are fermented using wild yeasts and bacterias that impart a wicked, unpredictable funk. To reign in inconsistencies, they usually spend time aging in wine barrels for up to three years. Threes Brewing has a whole stash of funky beer sitting in barrels on the north fork of Long Island, slowly awaiting their introduction to the brewpub’s two dozen tap line system.

Those 24 handles include four dedicated to kegged wine, and an enviable assortment of local guest brews. There’s also a noteworthy collection of whiskey lined up behind the bar.

“We are a place where craftsman — like mad-scientist-poets — create illuminating beer, where music performances enliven, and art performances enlighten,” says Unterberg. Pretty lofty aspirations for a brewpub. But Threes clearly intends to be much more. “It is our aim to create a pillar, both as a responsible manufacturer and a community space, that will be here for years to come.”

Kicking off with a New Orleans-based brass band and a week’s worth of Roberta’s pizza is a great way to start. Threes Brewing opens daily at 4 p.m. and is a three block walk from the Union Street subway station.