NORWALK — Third time is the charm.

With the opening of yet another brewery at 136 Washington St. in SoNo, the new brew crew is hoping they’ll be the ones with the winning formula.

It certainly won’t hurt that they’re research chemists with a combined 40 years of home-brewing experience.

“We figured, between the three of us, we could figure it out,” said John Commander, co-brewer-in-chief at the newly-minted Iron Brewing Company.

Iron Brewing replaces the short-lived Hell or High Water, which opened in April, and the even-shorter-lived Guvnor’s Brewery, which occupied the space near the corner of Water Street more than two years ago. SoNo Brewhouse on Marshall Street also closed more than two years ago.

Though Iron Brewing is owned and financed by Manhatten-based Iron Bar, it’s Commander and co-brewers Shane Nunes and Adam Letize who are tasked with running the show in Norwalk. None of them have any connection with, nor were they part of, the former staff of Hell or High Water.

Nunes, who also functions as the general manager for the restaurant-side of the business, and Letize still work full-time as research chemists, but their passion project is quickly turning into a full-time gig of its own.

Connected through a shared love of beer and chemistry, the three never planned to scale-up their basement operations. But through a connection to Iron Bar and with the closing of Hell or High Water, the opportunity to do so was too good to pass up.

And if the first three months of brewing, and the first three weeks of business are any indication, it’s likely Iron Brewing will last longer than its predecessors.

“We used to trade beers from home-brewing,” Nunes said. “We got connected to Iron Bar and it kind of fell in our laps. We’re used to formulating, so we thought we could scale it up.”

“We had a few recipes we knew were good from making them at home,” Commander added. “It was just a matter of scaling it up and learning the equipment.”

And scale-up they did. Iron Brewing has eight beers on tap, with more on the way. The trio has plans to self-distribute later this year, and the beer will likely be available at Iron Bar in Times Square in the near future. They’re also considering contract brewing in order to produce bigger batches — what you can see through the glass windows inside the restaurant is the only place the beer is currently manufactured, and it’s certainly not a large-scale operation.

The key to success, Nunes said, will be the focus on crafting really great beer, something he said the brewery’s predecessors let fall by the wayside.

“The concept so far is working very well,” Nunes said. “We came in to really focus on beer. Yes we have food, and it’s great food, but that’s not our main focus. First and foremost, we want to make really great beer, and I think we’re doing that so far.”

There were 49 craft breweries in Connecticut in 2016, with dozens more opening in 2017, according to the Independent Craft Brewers Association, up from just 16 in 2011. The industry is estimated to have contributed $718 million to the state economy, with nearly 130,000 barrels brewed in 2016.

Iron Brewing is open Wednesday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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