BIZ BUZZ: The beer is near! 3 Stars Brewing Co. sets up shop in Takoma D.C.

Fighting hunger through brewing

One of the most important things to Coleman and McGarvey is giving back to the D.C. community, which they feel has given so much to them. In that spirit, they are in the process of developing a spent grain program to help out some local charities.

In brewing beer, there is an end-product that is spent grain, which has just been soaked in water to extract the sugar from it. Many large-scale breweries sell it to farmers to be used to feed livestock, (which is unhealthy for both the animals and the people who eat their meat.)

“Our spent grain program is based on using it in DC to make bread to support some charities and organizations in town that feed the less fortunate,” said Coleman. “One of the pillars in the foundation of our business plan is looking at how we can go back and support our city—so we’re starting by trying to fight poverty and hunger.”

Mike McGarvey, photo by Jesse Allen

Mike McGarvey, co-owner of 3 Star Brewing Co. Photo by Jesse Allen.

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Sarah Kraut
Sarah Kraut is a senior studying journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hailing from Baltimore, Sarah is a Maryland girl who is delighted to be working at a small, local newspaper. Though half her heart lies with writing, the other half is devoted to food. She loves to eat (but hey, who doesn't?) and try new and exciting dishes. Sarah hopes to go to culinary school after she is graduated from college and sees her future in food writing. When she's not sitting at the computer or standing next to the stovetop, Sarah likes to involve herself in social justice work — handing out food to the homeless, organizing after-school tutoring programs and working with students on the UMD campus to raise awareness of various social justice issues people face both locally and abroad.