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3 Nations Brewery slides into space soon-to-be vacated by Grapevine

3 Nations Brewery slides into space soon-to-be vacated by Grapevine

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3 Nations is a new brewery coming to Farmers Branch in 2015. iStock

Picking up where Grapevine Craft Brewery leaves off is 3 Nations Brewing, a coming-soon brewery from brothers Gavin and Gianni Secchi, whose family owns Ferrari's Italian Villa in Addison and Grapevine.

Now that Grapevine has finally secured a permanent location in the town for which it is named, 3 Nations stands poised to take over its temporary space in Farmers Branch, where it will launch in February once Grapevine moves on. For both breweries, it's a win-win.

3 Nations is the brainchild of brother Gavin, who learned the craft working at notable breweries such as Franconia in McKinney, Goose Island in Chicago and Karbach in Houston. He'll handle the beer part; brother Gianni will oversee sales and marketing.

 Eventually, 3 Nations will buy the onsite equipment from Grapevine; in the interim, the two entities will continue their peaceful co-existence.

Their takeover of the Farmers Branch space is a natural progression, as Gavin has been working with Grapevine's Gary Humble for the past few months.

"I'd been trying to start my own brewery since 2013," Gavin says. "Then Gary found he needed some help at his brewery, because his brewer was having back surgery.

"I came in and helped with the brewing, and it turned out to be the definition of what craft brewing is all about — not two juggernaut breweries fighting each other for tap space, but small guys helping each other out."

The Secchis' brewery name refers to the three countries from which Gavin derives his inspiration.

"The 'three nations' stand for German, Belgian and English-style ales and lagers, but with an American twist," he says. "Doing an American twist, we'll spice things up and make them more interesting."

Gavin worked at Goose Island when it first released Bourbon County Stout, the seasonal cult favorite that weighs in at 14 percent alcohol. Although he doesn't rule out beers with a high ABV, he'll offer alternatives. His basic lineup will include English brown ale, English IPA, German-style Helles and Belgian-style Wit.

"For me, things that are 10-12 percent alcohol are huge alcohol bombs that are overhopped and not balanced," he says. "You can make flavorful beers that are also drinkable at 5 percent ABV."

Eventually, 3 Nations will buy the onsite equipment from Grapevine; in the interim, the two entities will continue their peaceful co-existence.

"Once we get our TABC license, technically 3 Nations could start brewing beer by the beginning of next year, possibly even release something special during the holiday," Gavin says.