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Each month it seems like yet another brewery is announcing their opening, from Texas Ale Project to Bitter Sisters to Four Bullets to Tupps, they just keep appearing. Back in April, I wrote about 3 Nations Brewery releasing beers as early as May. Unfortunately, the release of 3 Nations' beer didn't occur until last week, after its makers received their brewery license on May 7.
3 Nations Brewery was started by Gavin Secchi, who has worked at Franconia, Goose Island and Karbach. After Grapevine Craft Brewery moved to their soon-to-open location in historic Grapevine, Secchi acquired Grapevine's old brewery in Farmer's Branch. Finally, we are able to partake in his work. And it's good beer.
Trinity Hall Irish Pub is one of a few places you can get a taste of 3 Nations' beers now, and only two brews are offered so far: GPA, a "German style pale ale" which is more of a hybrid between a German Alt and a Kolsch beer; and American Wit, a Belgian-American witbier. The GPA brings mild hoppy flavor, but the first thing that stood out was the balance in flavor between hops and malt. With its fruity/citrusy aroma, GPA is a well-balanced, lighter-bodied beer, despite its deep copper coloring. When you order it, you'll be impressed by its smoothness and mild aftertaste. 3 Nations' other beer, American Wit, has a sweet maltiness that balances well with the clove and citrus flavors that come from the mosaic hops used. For fans of Franconia Wheat, this is going to be right up your alley. It's a great summer beer and, like the GPA, doesn't have a very heavy body, which bodes well when you find yourself ordering several pints.
With the GPA and American Wit coming in at 5.2 and 5.5 percent ABV, respectively, 3 Nations Brewery is making beer that tastes fantastic and won't make you feel as though you're drinking a meal. Hopefully, we'll see these 3 Nations beers in a can and in more bars in the not-too-distant future.