When 3 Stars Brewing Company celebrates the grand opening of its Takoma brewery this Saturday, Ward 4 council member Muriel Bowser will be the one cutting the ribbon. “She was instrumental in helping us open,” says 3 Stars co-owner Dave Coleman. He called upon Bowser whenever 3 Stars got tangled up in the reams of red tape involved in opening a District of Columbia brewery. “We’d call her, and next thing we knew we’d have what we were trying to get”—including the DC Homebrew Shop, opened this June and stocked with the necessary ingredients and tools to get a home beermaking operation going.
Earlier this month, Coleman and partner Mike McGarvey debuted their beers, which now sell out fast at venues such as the Big Hunt, Meridian Pint, Smith Commons, and the Kangaroo Boxing Club. Kangaroo’s barbecue-dispensing mobile unit, Porc Mobile, will also be on hand at the grand opening party, supplying drinkers with saucy sandwiches to accompany the beer. Stop by between 1 and 6 for a free 20-minute tour of the brewery and a trip to the sampling bar, where you can buy $2 three-ounce servings of the Urban Farmhouse saison and Southern Belle imperial brown ale. Those two brews—plus the Pandemic Imperial Porter—can also be purchased by the growlerful. Jugs cost $5; throw down between $15 and $20 more to fill them. There will also be plenty of 3 Stars merchandise for sale.
3 Stars Brewery and DC Homebrew Shop. 6400 Chillum Pl., NW, 202-670-0333. Shop open Friday 3 to 8 and Saturday 10 to 6. Brewery tours planned for Friday nights; schedule TBD.