Before 3 Stars started brewing they brought DC proper its first homebrew shop, which opened on June 1st, 2012. After nearly 8 years, the homebrew shop is closing and will be folded into the brewery’s event space portfolio.

3 Stars' DC Homebrew Shop has been a great resource for local brew clubs for eight years.
3 Stars’ DC Homebrew Shop has been a great resource for local brew clubs for eight years.

The brewery has been a long-time supporter of DC Homebrewers and other clubs, hosting competitions, brew days, annual parties, and more.

Co-founder and Head Brewer Mike McGarvey cites shifting consumer preferences, in particular, online sales, for the homebrew shop’s closure, but notes that the brewery itself will still keep popular yeast strains, hop varietals, and a few other supplies, including CO2 tanks, available for purchase. He writes via email:

As homebrewer’s buying preferences have shifted to purchasing through online retailers we have found it difficult to continue to be a one stop shop for our homebrew clientele. Therefore, we have decided to close the DC homebrew shop effective 1/31/2020.

We love having a relationship with the local homebrewers and will still be ever supportive of our homebrewer community. To that end, we will still work with the local clubs to provide scheduled bulk buys. We will still host the occasional homebrew competition. We will also retain an inventory of CO2, hops and yeast on site for those in need of a few forgotten or missing things on their brew day.

We’d like to thank all of our homebrew shop customers and employees for your business and service over the years and we hope to still see you at the brewery, whether it’s having a pint, or judging a homebrew!

Mike & Dave