A new microbrewery taproom for 3 Sheets Brewery opened in downtown Albany in late October, but the business has kept things quiet so far, which is somewhat fitting.
Owners Klint and Beth Sheets said they’ve been told the establishment — which doesn’t have televisions, features homemade wood furniture with playing cards at the ready, and is relatively, shall we say, cozy — resembles a hidden speakeasy from decades ago.
But 3 Sheets' profile in the community is about to get a big boost. The taproom is announcing itself to the public with a grand opening Thursday through Saturday.
The focus will remain squarely on great beer, cider and root beer, as well as conversation, though the business also is adding a limited food menu starting Thursday.
“We wanted to make sure we could keep up with the beer first. … We’ve been very happy with how it’s been going,” Beth Sheets said.
3 Sheets got its official start in May 2015, to meet demand for Klint Sheets’ home-brewing hobby. The Lebanon Police Department patrol sergeant thought brewing would just be an enjoyable retirement activity, and tried to recreate beers he and his wife had while in Germany.
The couple have vacationed there together, and Beth Sheets also was stationed in Deutschland while in the Army.
“We just wanted to brew to have a good tasting beer at home like we had in Germany,” Klint Sheets said.
Friends gave bottles of the beer to their own friends, word spread, and 3 Sheets became popular at craft beer events that homebrewers could enter. The couple formed the business and began supplying to local businesses such as the Growler Garage and No Rails Ale House.
“It’s just grown organically,” Klint Sheets said. The business has no employees, though family and friends help out.
The brewery still operates out of the family’s North Albany garage, but Klint Sheets said extra capacity and expansion might be necessary in the future.
3 Sheets’ biggest seller is Green Beret IPA, named for Beth Sheets’ dad. A picture of him in his military uniform hangs near the front door of the bar.
Another popular brew is the Scotch Blessing, which carries a whiskey-esque smoky flavor.
The microbrewery has a mug club, and another feature is a wall where patches are displayed for police, fire and ambulance agencies, as well as military units. Residents and visitors can bring in patches to put on the wall.
Klint Sheets said he isn’t worried about No Rails across the street, or about opening Albany’s fourth microbrewery or microbrewery taproom.
“We could use even more still, probably. I think it’s the more the merrier. It brings more people down here,” he added.
Beer tourists have stopped by while touring other microbreweries in Albany and Corvallis.