More than just a home to dozens of wineries, the North Fork has seen its share of breweries pop up in recent years.
Beginning with Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Greenport and later Peconic, the industry has expanded to include what will soon be five breweries operating in Riverhead.
Now, if plans for an expansion of the industrial park on Cox Lane in Cutchogue is approved, another brewery will soon be operating in Southold Town.
Threes Brewing, a Brooklyn-based brewery owned in part by a Mattituck native, plans to lease a building being proposed for the Cutchogue property, according to the owner of the site.
Jim Miller of F&S LLC said the brewery is the second of five buildings planned for the property off Oregon Road. The existing structure currently houses other purveyors such as North Fork Potato Chips, Taste North Fork and Backyard Brine. A site plan application for the brewery will be discussed at a Southold Town Planning Board work session and meeting today.
“This as ideal an application as we can get for the community,” Mr. Miller said. “It fits the needs for the potential growth of high-value jobs. We’re looking at permanent jobs for people coming up in the community.”
Greg Doroski, a 1999 graduate of Mattituck High School, is one of three principals of Threes Bewing, which opened as a brewery, bar and event space on Douglas Street in Brooklyn nearly two years ago.
A former brewer at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Mr. Doroski, 35, said it’s always been his dream to own a brewery in his hometown. With Threes Brewing quickly growing out of its 1,000-square-foot production space in Brooklyn, Mr. Doroski and partners Justin Israelson and Josh Stylman are looking to Cutchogue as an opportunity to increase their production space for barreling and bottling. They do not currently have plans for a retail or tasting operation there.
“We’re looking at this strictly as a production facility,” said Mr. Doroski, who splits his time between Bay Ridge and Cutchogue. “We already have a great retail space in Brooklyn. But we need extra production space and Mr. Miller has a great potential site there.”
Mr. Doroski said he met Mr. Israelson when he won a home brew contest a number of years ago — he’s actually been brewing his own beer since college. He was initially hired as a consultant for Threes Brewing, but ended up becoming a partner.
“We really liked one another and I was looking to go off on my own,” he said. “It was really a great opportunity.”
Mr. Miller said that should his company receive the necessary approvals from Southold Town to construct the brewery site, Threes Brewing would lease the space with the potential to own. A Southold Town resident himself, and the founder of Miller Environmental in Calverton, Mr. Miller expressed that Mr. Doroski’s local roots make him an ideal tenant.
“His family goes back several generations in this town,” he said. “These are not Johnny-come-latelies.”
The Southold Town Planning Board is expected to review the application for Threes Brewing East at a 4 p.m. work session Monday. A public hearing is then expected to be set at the board’s 6 p.m. regular session.
Caption: Threes Brewing partners, from left to right, Greg Doroski, Josh Stylman and Justin Israelson. (Matt Furman photo courtesy of Threes Brewing.)