Threes Brewing Huntington Brings Fresh NYC Beer to North Shore
A standout craft beer brewery from Brooklyn now has a taproom on Long Island that has become a go-to destination on the North Shore. Threes Brewing Huntington, which opened in January of 2021 to focus on to-go and delivery business during the Covid-19 pandemic, has become a mainstay of the Huntington craft beer scene with fun events that bring beer lovers into the shop.
Brandon Gluckstal, manager of Threes Brewing Huntington, said, “We recently put in new seating and opened up the shop to create more space for people to hang out in.” Among the events Gluckstal has introduced are monthly tappings of cask ale featuring English-style ales, monthly DJ nights, and a popular monthly book club.
But the main attraction at the taproom continues to be the beer, with six Threes Brewing beers on tap and cans from Threes Brewing and guest breweries available to drink on premises. “Our beer in Huntington is always fresh from the brewery in Brooklyn,” said Gluckstal, “and we make sure to highlight new brews.”
Threes Brewing was founded in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2014 and named after the street address: 333 Douglass Street. The three co-founders – Joshua Stylman, Andrew Unterberg and Justin Israelson – built a 15-barrel brewhouse and taproom with an upstairs coffee shop and restaurant. The taproom and outdoor beer garden quickly became a community gathering place while the brewery gained a reputation for its award-winning beers like Vliet Pilsner, which won the 2017 Governor’s Excelsior Cup for best beer at the New York State Craft Beer Competition.
The brewery expanded in 2017 with the opening of a bar and event space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and in 2019 launched a summertime beer garden on Governors Island. When the pandemic caused closings and restrictions in early 2020, Threes Brewing shifted aggressively to shipping and delivery of its beers in the New York metro area, using its own warehouse staff and delivery drivers.
The direct-to-consumer business found a receptive audience on Long Island and the brewery decided to establish a store to help with pickup and delivery services. Stylman, who grew up in Melville, quickly targeted the vibrant town of Huntington as an ideal location for a taproom. “Making a home base here felt like a natural next step for the company,” said Stylman, “and it feels good to come back home.”
Threes Brewing took over a corner shop on Clinton Street that formerly housed a Classy Coffee shop and most recently a nail salon. The 1,000-square-foot space has outdoor seating and is both dog-friendly and kid-friendly. According to manager Gluckstal, patrons are welcome to bring in food from local restaurants, including nearby restaurants New Wave Burrito Bar and Vauxhall. The space is also available to rent for private events.
Among the beers on tap in Huntington recently were Vliet Pilsner, What’s the Point pale ale, Tyranny of Mirrors West Coast pale ale, Other Ephemera hoppy lager, and Foretold Czech amber. Other offerings typically include traditional farmhouse ales like saisons and Passing Time, a refreshing Grisette-style ale that is dry and low alcohol. “We focus on drinkable beers,” said Gluckstal, “so most of our beers are between 4 and 6% alcohol-by-volume (ABV).” The taproom also has cider, wine, Sail Away cold-brewed coffee, and Athletic non-alcoholic beers available.
With the pandemic now in the rear-view mirror (hopefully), downtown Huntington is bustling again with one of Long Island’s liveliest restaurant scenes, live performances at The Paramount and plenty of pubs serving local craft beers. Like its original Gowanus location, Threes Brewing Huntington is well on its way to becoming a treasured part of the community.
Threes Brewing Huntington is located 20 Clinton Ave. For more information visit threesbrewing.com/pages/huntington.
Bernie Kilkelly is the editor and publisher of LIBeerGuide.com.