Threes Brewing

Bars, Beer bars Gowanus
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczWandering Bine saison at Threes Brewing
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczLondon Black Fizz at Threes Brewing
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It’s not shocking that three hops-head buddies would transform a 5,000-square-foot warehouse into a brewery. It’s more unusual, however, when that concept evolves into a bi-level beast with a bar, an event space and, of all things, a coffeeshop. The unlikely combination aligns under the direction of Sycamore cofounder Justin Israelson, entrepreneur Joshua Stylman and lawyer Andrew Unterberg. Their multipurpose space sprawls over concrete floors with all the whitewashed brick and reclaimed wood you’d expect from a Brooklyn bar, along with draft beers and cocktails that you wouldn’t.

ORDER THIS: The brewery’s suds are tapped from 30-keg tanks behind the bar, including their double IPA Superf*ckingyawn ($6), loaded with fresh, grassy hops and just enough malt to balance a crisp pineapple-mango finish. The hearty Baltic porter Voluntary Exile ($7), however, takes more time to get through, with a bittersweet coffee-chocolate body. Ask for a barrel-aged rye float ($3) to cut the sweetness in half.

GOOD FOR: Keeping all your booze-seeking buds happy. Spread out at one of the beer-hall–worthy oak-wood tables and take your pick of the spirits: The draft lines include four vino blends like the Estezargues ($8), a zippy côtes du rhône and Patience ($8), a buttery chardonnay. But it might be the cocktails that best reveal how versatile the bar can be, such as a stiff twist on the rosemary Ophelia ($13), smoked-up with mescal and herbal cynar.

THE CLINCHER: A lofted café inside the brewery serves Ninth Street Espresso coffee and Balthazar baked goods like chocolate croissants ($3). Pop in for a morning latte under the sun-soaked skylights, spend the afternoon munching on grub from a rotating cast of local eateries (recent residencies include the Meat Hook and Roberta’s), or take things upstairs after dark, when the coffeeshop converts to a public performance and private event space (or semisecret seating on a slow night). Three’s company—and what fine company it is.

By: Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo

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Venue name: Threes Brewing
Contact:
Address: 333 Douglass St
Brooklyn
11217
Cross street: between Third and Fourth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 7am–2am; Fri, Sat 7am–4am; Sun 7am–2am
Transport: Subway: B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave–Barclays Ctr
Price: Average beer: $7. AmEx, MC, V.
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tastemaker

I'll admit, it's not easy to get here. From most places in the city, this part of Gowanus will take you a solid hour. But if you're willing to make the trek, Threes is worth it.


They check off all the boxes that are essential to a solid afternoon hang: great beer, outdoor/communal seating, solid food options, and even very good coffee (seriously, the front is a coffee shop).


If your idea of a good time is bottle service and waitresses with sparklers, look elsewhere. If your idea of a good time is a super chill and relaxed outing, with a big group of people whom you can actually hear talking, then go to Threes. 


And while their are plenty of other places like this, what sets them apart is that, as the name implies, they actually make their own stuff. The beer menu is about half in-house, and half either locally brewed or just really really good. What I'm saying is, try as many as you can.

tastemaker

A cool chill place! I like that you can order food separately. The backyard is nice! It was packed on a nice Saturday afternoon. But I've also been on a night when the yard was pleasantly sparse! Perfect for people who love beer and trying all the different kinds! 

tastemaker

I have been a fan of this restaurant since I moved to Brooklyn, but now that they have gotten rid of the rotating kitchen, I'm a little disappointed. The food they now serve isn't BAD, but I always liked the idea of the changing kitchens and would make my decisions to go based on what they were serving up at the time.


As far as beer goes, they serve mostly sours and pilsners, the brewer is NOT a fan of IPA's. I went to a beer talk given by the brewer and some other beer lovers of Brooklyn, where he basically said "why brew beer that you don't like to drink? I'll leave that to the people who like those beers." Makes sense to me- and he always has Other Half, or other local brewery IPA's on the menu, so if you don't like the current selections of Three's beers, there's plenty else to try. They do have a full bar, and plenty of cocktails too for those who aren't huge beer lovers.


Only other downside- since they serve food, no dogs. Dogs and beer usually go hand and hand for me, so a little bit of a disappointment there. 

tastemaker

I give this place 3-4 stars depending on what restaurant is currently cooking in the kitchen, but it's usually at 4. 


This is a great spot for wine, beer and cocktail lovers alike. Even though they make their own beer on-site, they have excellent wines on tap and make some strong barrel-aged cocktails. I like the space for events (I watched the USA win the Women's World Cup here) and I've gone to several events upstairs for lectures and tastings. It's perfect for a group and they have a nice sized backyard for the warmer weather. Definitely one of the better spots to open in the Park Slope/Gowanus area.


Also, check ahead for the menu, some of the restaurants are better than others.