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funkyaudio (9) Chicago, Illinois | May 31, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I did a homebrew class here and made a Imperial Stout and it kicked ass i would recommend this place to anyone.
dm9831 (34) Monee, Illinois | September 23, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
this has become the best place for me to get my brewing supplies. i always walk out with a lot more than i intended to buy. they also have classes and maybe someday will teach me to be a real brewer.
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | July 8, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A fun, dingy place with plenty of atmosphere. They have a solid supply of homebrew stuff for both the beer and the wine enthusiats, even holding classes in both. Knowledgable staff, although service can be a bit slow. The best thing about this place to me is the mead, since the store also house the Wild Blossom Meadery, an oddity in Illinois and especially in Chicago. The owner will happily serve up samples of what he has on hand and, although not really legal, will sell bottles to go. Nice.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | June 30, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
One of my local homebrew shops. Excellent and expansive grain selection, anything you could need to brew, plus they make mead here. Iíve never taken any of the classes, but itís definitely nice to have a hbs in the city.
ilovedarkbeer (86) Arlington, Virginia | December 29, 2008
34 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
I showed up at the meadery around 6 pm on the weekend. This location is actually a homebrew shop combined with an animal products store in a tiny shop along a 4 lane road. Long story short...dont go to the actual location. Nothing is sold here and the owner is super high and there is crazy -everything is happy- music playing in the background which makes me feel like I am at a cult meeting. Really weird experience, I stood there for 15 minutes while he kept telling me he would let me sample everything he made. I really had no idea what to expect and I just wanted to taste a few things and buy whatever I liked. The owned told me he does not like to compete with his retailers so he sells nothing there. He was friendly enough but it was extremely odd. I became creeped out and I was 82% sure I was going to be murdered. I gave up and told him I had to go because I was tired of standing there awkwardly while he helped some other dude who showed up after I did. I was told I could find a bottle across the street at
frankenkitty (97) Oak Lawn, Illinois | December 17, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I went in for a bottle of mead and left with TWO bottles of mead, a glass carboy, a bottlecapper and several stoppers!
This little shop on Western was a pleasant surprise. Seems a bit dingy and crowded when you first walk in, but as you start to look around and ask questions you realize they have everything you (as a homebrewer) needs. Old copies of Zymurgy share shelf space with a plentiful variety of DME and LME. Brewing books are crammed into shelves alongside buckets full of stoppers, hydrometers, crowns, sanitizer, etc., etc. The grain closet was a real treat with over a dozen malts in hoppers available by the pound. There was a winemaking class being taught in the back, so service up front was a little slow yet very efficient. This place seems great for ingredients and basic setups but since it seems so small, Iíd phone first if youíre looking for a specialty item.
Worth noting is that the shop opens up to the pet shoppe/groomer next door... so we find one-stop shopping for all of you beer-makiní animal lovers! (Big olí dog came in sniffiní my hand as I was checkiní out some scales!)
JoshuaB (24) Detroit, Michigan | January 8, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Really dig this place. I ended up taking one of the beer brewing classes (they also have one for wine) and loved it. Greg and the rest of the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. A good amount of beer and wine making supplies, at a reasonable price. The guys are very willing to answer any of your questions, from amateurs to pros. Also, this place is the only meadery in Illinois, of which they makle some very good stuff (it can be found at the Clark Street Ale House). Check out a class, or stop in for questions and supplies.
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