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3 Stars Brewing

3 Stars Brewing

Updated 8 October 2017

3 Stars began production in 2012. The name comes from the three stars on the DC flag which copies in turn the Washington family coat of arms (see below). Founded by Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey, two friends and homebrewers who decided to open their own brewery in DC. 3 Stars is in an industrial section of NW DC in Takoma. They produce a lot of really creative beers (and some really nice labels!). I've been to their brewery several times. They have a homebrewers supply store plus a nice indoor bar to relax and enjoy one of their beers. They also promote local businesses and you'll often find a good DC food truck outside.

3 Stars Logo
DC Flag
Washington Family Coat of Arms


The Cans

Let's get to the good stuff, the cans! In 2013 one of the founders, Dave Coleman, told an interviewer that while they were bottling their beers, he didn't think "our beers are meant for canning. It's not a preferred format for me. I'm into the big tall bottles that you can share with friends." In 2015 they changed their mind and began canning. They started with two cans, their Ghost White IPA and Citra Lemon Saison. They have added a lot of cans since, but also still bottle a lot, and their bottle labels are cool as well.

Ghost White IPA

Their first can for this brand.

Citra Lemon Saison

Their first can for this brand.

In 2016 3 Stars began issuing more cans, both in 12 oz and 16 oz sizes. Many of these were short releases available only at the brewery. Those labeled as "limited release" come out at different intervals. It's a challenge to keep-up with them. So, if I missed any cans please Contact Me !!!!

Ghost White IPA

The new can.


Nectar of the Bogs


Peppercorn Saison


Pounding Trees


Limited release.


Two to the Dome

Limited release.



Limited release


Starsky & Dutch


Courting the Squall

Limited release


Above the Clouds


Star Dust

Limited release.


Flip the Script

Issued in partnership with Aslin Beer Company, Spring 2017

Knives Out

Issued in partnership with Oclot Brewing, Spring 2017



Issued in partnership with J. Wakefield Brewing, Spring 2017


Issued in partnership with Other Half Brewing, Spring 2017

Citra Lemon Saison

A new can, Spring 2017.

Grapefruit Ghost

Spring 2017

Trouble in Paradise

A summer release

D is for Diamond

Jabberwocky Superfly

TechniColor Life

In August 2017 they released three new cans for their 5th Anniversary. The labels did not go all the way around the cans, so I am just showing the front.


MIC Saison

In September 2017 they released this 12 oz can at a local restaurant, Mike Isabella Concepts.

This was a very hard can to find.



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Interview with co-founder Dave Coleman (2013)

3 Stars Brewery Home Page

3 Stars Facebook Page




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