In D.C.’s small, supportive, and growing beer scene, every new brew is worth celebrating. But with three functioning production breweries and at least two more coming—not to mention Right Proper, an ambitious, avant-garde-minded brewpub—it’s also beginning to feel mature enough to stand some internal competition. So consider this a thrown gauntlet: In 2013, 3 Stars is the best brewery in D.C. It’s also the most interesting, having carved out a reputation for bold flavors with its palatably out-there concoctions—like the tongue-tingling Peppercorn Saison; a steady stream of collaborations; and a trio of dark, high-alcohol creations that make the case for chocolate as a subtle ingredient. The only thing that’s even better about D.C.’s brewing scene? It’s dynamic enough that even 3 Stars isn’t a lock for 2014.