badgerben (117) Blaine, Minnesota | September 24, 2005| Updated August 14, 2008
First homebrew store Iíve visited in person and I must say, itís quite a nice selection. Staff is helpful and I think they all hombrew themselves so experience is all around you. The kits seem great and there are quite a few of them. Also has a variety of wine supplies, kegging gear, books, and glassware.
I have been brewing with their mail order stuff for years. The entire online catalog(good website by the way) is onsite as far as I could tell, and the service was excellent. I was looking for an outdated recipe of theirs and the staff was able to find it right away in their computer system. The prices are cheap and if youíre in town itís worth it to stop by.
Ambiance is based soley on their website...very easy to search and find what youíre looking for. The forum is invaluable for rookie homebrewers like myself. The products Iíve ordered have always been sent quickly and with all items included. As I have a local homebrew store, I probably wonít use Northern Brewer for small things but I prefer their extract kits to those I can get locally.
These guys were great when I went to purchase my first kit. I had questions that were answered completely by the staff. Very friendly and enthusiastic about helping people understand the different aspects of brewing. Will return here as soon as I need more brewing materials!
I have ordered from these guys on many occasions. They usually ship within 24 hours and have a great selection. Their prices are a little higher than Morebeer, but still affordable. My one complaint is that they tend to run out of items for long periods of time. Otherwise, a top notch online vendor of homebrewing supplies.
Well Iíve ordered twice from this place now and twice theyíve filled my order and shipped the same day!! They guarantee their yeast live and so far everytime iíve ordered it it has been. They include the yeast in their kits unlike some other shops and the customer service is second to none!! Iíll be putting lots of orders into this place for years to come!!