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3 Stars Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 194
Beer Avg: 3.67
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Homebrew Store ]
6400 Chillum Pl NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 670-0333
(Place added by: mdaschaf on 06-01-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 5
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5 | $
The area is on the knife edge between ghetto and gentrification.
The food rating is based on the truck they use for the tastings. The guy is really trying, but the brisket and pork is okay, and the peanut soup is spicy without flavor. The guy is so nice I feel a little bad writing this.
The bartender for the tasting is not nice. The tasting is free, and the beers are good. Four on tap, but they have a wide and changing range of beers.
The tour is nice because the guys are great. They have a nice explanation of how they got started and brewing, capping with a canned 1 minute fifty speech on following your work dreams.
The place is filthy, and the equipment is used and beat up. The tasting area and bathroom is clean as heck.
The brewing supplies are overpriced.
Free tasting and tours.
Growler fills can be purchased, and are overpriced.
11-23-2013 22:30:38 |
More by TheFunGuy
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Small brewery in DC area run by charismatic and enthusiastic brewers. They offered free samples of their current beers which were very tasty (especially the Casked IPA and the Imperial Brown) but the growlers were a bit pricey. The tour was well done and detailed their history and growth, but they also answered questions about technique whenever asked. They had a great message about "following your passions." Their beers and the food truck next door made for a great lunch - we'll keep our eyes on this brewery and will be back for another visit!
09-30-2013 16:59:05 |
More by HBouchard
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
great people and vibe. very welcoming. industrial area, as expected given their location and it is DC. not a huge selection but I thought quite acceptable. And they don't charge. so I can't complain. Food truck outside - bonus. Thought the growlers were a bit pricey, but they were high abv brews, expected? will visit again.
09-29-2013 06:48:17 |
More by Mess
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | $$$
This was not a brewery visit experience I would repeat. From the lack of selection to relative expense to building structure and setup that need work, there's a fair bit to be desired. But my biggest complaint is this:
The brewery is fairly stingy with its tastings. Each patron receives a limited number of tickets and cannot purchase more. Even if that's required to follow a regulation with which I am unfamiliar, there is an accompanying unacceptable problem. Virtually every member of the staff carries around a full glass of beer all the time while interacting with the patrons!...oon tours, in the store, etc. They swill and grin in front of potential customers who cannot, through any mechanism, enjoy it with them. Growler fills are sealed at the point of sale so, literally, the staff imbibes in front of thirsty paying customers. Unacceptable behavior. Period.
They're friendly folks who enjoy their craft and tell good stories.
And the brews aren't bad; it's nice that they are getting play in local pubs. That's the only place I'd go to get them, though. And sadly, with the memory of the brewery visit, I'm less likely to order one when 3 stars appear on a menu.
Sorry for the negative review--but it's accurate.
05-22-2013 03:37:25 |
More by 1sophrosyne1
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
So glad we have yet another awesome brewery in the DC area.
Atmosphere: Sure, this place is located in an industrial park like most breweries, but this one is tucked back in a neighborhood (unlike DC Brau, that is in back of a strip mall) that really made me feel I was out in the burbs. Loads of parking options, but finding the actual door to the brewery can be tricky. On second thought, just follow the trail of empty growlers. That's what I did.
Inside this place is VERY spacious, with a tasting ticket pick-up station on the way in, a BBQ food truck on the left, a growler fill/swag counter straight ahead, and a tasting room/homebrew store along a short winding path to the right. An ideal, inviting layout.
Quality: The beer here is top-notch. Unlike DC Brau, Chocolate City, Port City, Lost Rhino, etc. this one is more "artisan" in nature. Think of this as the Allagash or Ommegang of the DC area, with the potential to be just as good, if not better.
Service: Some of the nicest beer geeks I've ever met in my life at this place (and most are nice by nature). In the tasting room, the guy was very enthusiastic about the beer and loved to field homebrew questions. At the growler station (where I picked up 2 for a Super Bowl party I was attending), the guy at there made mention of both my FFF and Selin's Grove growlers and truly was grateful for the support. I could have honestly talked with him forever.
Selection: I don't quite understand their flagship structure yet, but keep in mind that their stuff is much more "gourmet" in nature that most breweries in the area. That sets them apart... smart! That day, they had their Peppercorn Saison, Southern Belle (Imperial Brown), Winter Madness, Ebony & Ivory (cask-conditioned "Southern Belle" on vanilla and cocoa nibs), and Winter Madness w/Juniper Berries. I'm sure this changes quite often.
Food: Well, they have a food truck that is kind of a permanent exhibit in the warehouse, everyone there raved about it, but I didn't try it, nor is it part of the brewery.
Value: I've read of some of the peeps on the forums complaining about the price structure compared to a lot of the ones in the area. This is misguided to my mind, since most of the brews here are artisan in nature. I was VERY ecstatic to get a growler of "Ebony & Ivory," an awesome gourmet beer, only to be brewed once, at 8.7% ABV for only $20.
I will definitely come back to this place and will bring my beer-hating wife next time. I actually think she will like the beers here.
02-05-2013 05:16:05 |
More by Chaney
3 Stars Brewing Company in Washington, DC
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