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D.C.’s first and only home brew shop opens this afternoon. The store is part of 3 Star Brewing Company‘s new Takoma brewery, which will begin operating in a week or two when final inspections are complete.

3 Stars co-founders Mike McGarvey and Dave Coleman say the brewery was born out of their own home brewing experiments. But until now, there have only been two stores in the region for home brewers to get supplies: Maryland Homebrew in Columbia, Md. and My Local Home Brew Shop in Falls Church.

“You pick your poison as far as which traffic you want to fight, ” McGarvey tells Y&H.

3 Stars Homebrew Shop will sell ingredients like yeast, hops, and malt as well as ready-to-go beer kits with recipes, fermentation buckets, thermometers, bottles, and any other beer-making equipment you might need. McGarvey plans to staff the shop with people who actually have home brew experience. Eventually, 3 Stars would like to teach classes on site too.

The brew shop opens at 3 p.m. today. Chupacabra food truck will be on hand with tacos, and McGarvey expects a pretty good crowd from the local home brewing club to show up too. To start, it will be open Thursdays from 4-8 p.m., Fridays from 3-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

In about a month, after the brewery is up and running, 3 Stars will open a tasting room for people to try their signature beers as well as some experimental ones. The brewery will also supply local bars and restaurants and eventually sell retail.

3 Star Homebrew Shop, 6400 Chillum Pl., NW; 202-670-0333; 3Starsbrewing.com

UPDATE: There’s one more home brew shop in the area: The Flying Barrel in Frederick, Md.

Photo courtesy of 3 Stars Brewing Company