3-star brewing company Beloved DC Brewery closes

3-Star Partners Mike McGarvey and Dave Coleman show off their DC pride. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

3-star brasserie, one of the district’s first modern breweries, is closing after nearly a decade. No reason was given for the closure.

What started as a backyard experiment with a home brew kit, has turned into a hot spot for DC beer lovers. Founders Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey opened the brewery in 2012 after purchasing a 40,000 gallon walk-in freezer for $1.35. Since then, they’ve expanded their beer list to over 200 options and been named “DC’s Best Local Brewery” by Washington City Paper four times in less than a decade. Washingtonian visited the brewery when there were only two guys, a few volunteers and a fraction of the size it is today.

Other breweries in the district, local businesses and 3-star regulars have taken to social media to express their grief over the closure of the neighborhood’s beloved hangout and brewery.

“3 Stars was a special part of the DC beer scene and we will miss you,” Union Craft Brewing, a Baltimore brewery, responded to 3 Stars’ tweet announcing the closure.

“I probably shouldn’t say this out loud, but you guys taught me to love (and sometimes even love) beer,” the former wrote. Washington City Paper food writer Laura Hayes. “Your community spirit and relentless experimentation will be sorely missed.”

You haven’t missed your chance to get another 3 star brew yet as they will continue wholesale sales for a little longer. You can also get 50% off barrel-aged bottles and 20% off takeout cans all weekend long before the bar closes permanently on Sunday night.

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