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

Choosing Takoma DC

3 Stars is housed in a 15,000 square-foot warehouse in Takoma DC. The two had to think big from the start, knowing that one of the biggest obstacles start-up breweries face early on is lack of space.

“Finding the space was very challenging,” said Coleman. “After that, the next biggest challenge was developing a sense of patience—not really my forte, but when you’re doing buildout and trying to set up a project this large, everything takes longer than you want or expect it to.”

While Coleman and McGarvey exercise their patience as best they can, they couldn’t wait for the brewery set up and the permitting process to be completed to start rolling out some beer. 3 Stars has paired up with a few breweries already to craft some collaboration beers.

“My favorite part so far has been being at a bar and watching someone enjoy our product,” said McGarvey. “To see someone order more than one, or to see them ask what it’s about, order it and taste it, that’s the most rewarding part of it because you actually at that point gave someone something out of all of this.”

“Being the beer director [at The Big Hunt], it’s cool to be on the other end of the critic side,” said Coleman. “It’s cool to be in a bar and hear someone raving about your beer when they try it.”

Local beer drinkers can expect to see 3 Stars brews on shelves this April. For more information on the varieties of beer that will be on the market, visit 3 Stars online at, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

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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.