I confuse Threes Brewing with Three Threes Brewing. I guess it’s understandable with the abundance of threes. Who knows, maybe a trademark dispute may arise over the brand confusion. For now, their brands aren’t sold in the same markets or on the same shelves. Trademark lawsuits are not uncommon. In 2014, Stone Brewing brought suit against a fledgling Colorado brewery called Kettle and Stone Brewing. The young brewery acquiesced and changed their name to Vindication Brewing. If you enjoy legal arguments (yawn), you can read the sorted tale of Goliath bullying David Here
This brewery/restaurant is located in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. The website points to a few reasons why the brewery is called Threes Brewing. The first one is most obvious: the address is 333 Douglass Street, right off Fourth Avenue in the Gowanus. The second is that the brewery was founded by a trio of entrepreneurs and lastly, the brewery describes their venture as a coffee shop, a brew pub, and an event space.
Temporary Identity Threes Brewing is a very aromatic beer, sweet tropical fruit. First few sips are very dank, resinous and, smokey. Tropical fruit begins to overtake with each passing sip. Wonderful pineapple and strawberry. Finishes with a mellow and crisp bitterness. This is a world-class beer. 95 points. Now I wish I had more than one. Wow!
Tasting: September 11, 2016 Style:Double IPA Beer #: 997 ABV:9.0%
Brewed with Citra hops and Avocado flower honey. Pours darker than I expected. A hint of honey, caramelized brown sugar, oily feel. It’s bitterness is of pine. Some earthy and dank. Nicely balanced but certainly enough to compliment 88 points from me.
Here are some of my past Stone Anniversary experiences:
Tasting: August 21, 2016 Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels Beer #: 996 ABV: 11.4%
This is a repeat of Stone’s 12th anniversary oatmeal stout. This time, it’s in a cork and cage presentation 500 milliliter bottle and it’s further aged in bourbon barrels. Nice. Had to use a corkscrew as I messed up the champagne cork. Not nice.
Out of the gate, amazing because it’s a complex bombardment of all the advertised flavors. From bitter chocolate, bourbon barrel influenced vanilla and heavy mossy oak to notes of tart cherry. Also, I’ll note a funky sour flavor. Possibly because of that tart cherry. I can’t really tell. They advertise coconut flavors yet, I don’t get that at all.
The name brings back some childhood memories. Probably because my older sister said oakmeal. Of course, it was oatmeal. It confused me. Yet, to this day, she still calls it oakmeal. Maybe it’s just more the way my father made it than how she said it.
Definitely boozy and that definitely has a negative impact. Lipids from oats lend to a somewhat rich mouthfeel. I’ll note this was $18 per bottle and was on shelves. I mean not held in the back like much of the limited release beer these days. I think I need another bottle to age. That booziness and rawness should subside over time.
In conclusion, I’ll put this version at 89 points.
Tasting: November 20, 2015 Style: Ale Beer #: 859 ABV: 12.5%
In a 2014 post on Stone Brewing’s Southern Charred, I asked the “desert island” question about beer. If you were stranded on a desert island, what beer would you like to have along? The rules were that it had to be available in your area and you’d have to be able to buy it by the case. In that post, I said – Sculpin IPA, Bourbon County Brand Stout (there was a time you could buy it by the case) and Double Bastard by Stone.
Double Bastard comes as a surprise to people and they are equally surprised that it sits in my top fifty beers. It may be the only beer that you’d find in my refrigerator at any given time. In fact, I have two in there right now. To me, Double Bastard is just a totally interesting ale with the triumvirate of appeal – woodsy, bitter and sweet. To me, Double Bastard is a great change of pace beer.
I was thrilled when they offered a variant of Double Bastard called Southern Charred – 96 points in 2013 and I’m excited to hold a couple bottles of this beer – Double Bastard in the Rye.
Nice cork and cage presentation on this odd-sized bottle – 500 ml. Double Bastard in the Rye the expected base qualities of Double Bastard – the woodsy, bitter and caramel sweet. You can easily pick up the barrel influence in the form of vanilla and more wet oak. A tad bit boozy but I’d expect that to mellow over time. A nice addition to the bastard family – 93 points.
Wow, this is one heavy bottle when it’s empty. I guess part of the size deception.