A Barrel of Laughs

Three Brothers Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg enjoys sweet success in the suds business.

Photo by Elisabeth Bixby

Three Brothers Brewing Co.

     An April post on Three Brothers Brewing Co.’s Facebook page said that one of their 600-gallon tanks had burst and that free beer was flowing for anyone willing to come down and get it.

     For Harrisonburg’s only craft brewery, opened on North Main Street by hometown boys Adam (30), Tyler (27) and Jason (23) Shiflett just last December, this seemed like pretty bad news. “That was an April Fool’s joke,” explains Adam, a former Naval submarine officer. “Everybody likes to have a little fun, right?”

     And why shouldn’t these guys have some fun? After all, they’re having a Cinderella moment.

     After rolling out their first brew last December, they were selling at capacity in just a few months and are now ready to double their production to 4,000 barrels per year. Three Brothers’ beer is also now on tap in nearly all of Harrisonburg’s several dozen independent restaurants, and is being distributed to about 30 restaurants in the Richmond area.

     In addition to the buzz about their beer (Adam says his current favorite is Great Outdoors, a Virginia Pale Ale), the trio is being lauded for their eco-friendly practices. “You kind of owe it to the community to do everything you can,” he explains.

     Adam says the craft beer community has offered support and advice as they get Three Brothers up and running pointing to O’Connor’s Brewing in Norfolk and Devil’s Backbone in Lexington in particular.

     Yes, the Shifletts have a lot to smile about. ThreeBrosBrew.com


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