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$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
6201 Leesburg Pike #3
phone: (703) 241-3874
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I find myself only going to this store because there isn't another brew shop near. It's just not a one-shop store. I have had to go to Home Depot after leaving to get more equipment and if there are two customers in the store you should probably just wait outside. This store is honestly the size of my shower.
One major detail about this shop that I don't understand is that it's not open on Sundays. As a home brewer I find this very odd because like many other I only have time to make beer on the weekend.
Other than the store hours and space My LHBS really isn't a bad shop. It's just not the best.
03-06-2010 07:24:30 |
More by Greenline13
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The times that I have been to My LHBS have been different each time. I can see how some people say that Derrick(sp)can be a douche. He does try to quiz you on brewing knowledge and comes off like a know it all. Other times he has been helpful and does know what he is talking about. If he wants be a douche and only charge $44.95 a sack for 2 row, then so be it. Price on other things are also good. He will try to steer you toward purchasing what he has in stock, but will order anything you need. I go there to get beer stuff, not make friends. It would be nice to have both, but I have a enough friends.
12-22-2009 03:31:51 |
More by graderodwax
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is a little hard to find. If I wouldn't have been determined to find this place, I would have given up. You have to drive around to the backside, once I was there I was pretty happy.
The place is pretty small but it is packed to the ceiling with stuff. I was surprised I was able to moved around as easily as I could while I was there. There were two people working and I was the only one in the store. They said that it has been "slow" lately so I hope that doesn't mean that they are in trouble. They had a decent selection of equipment including better bottle fermenters. One wall was covered with prepackaged kits and another was covered with 1 / 3 / 10 pound bags of different grain. One of the employees told me that they sold bulk grain (55 pound bags as well).
They charged me to crush 3 pounds of grain, that kind of annoyed me but it was only 50 cent a pound, if i were crushing 20 pounds I would just by a mill.
Their website leaves a lot to be desired. Seriously, hire a 14 year old kid to make you a decent webpage. There is close to no information that is useful at all on there. Completely annoying.
10-22-2009 20:08:43 |
More by drabmuh
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I started brewing beer this last summer and Derek has been a real nice guy about helping me out. I've brewed about 4 batches using ingredients from his store and they've all came out great. I've since been living in North Carolina and the brew store down here is garbage compared to what he has and the knowledge that he offers. He is a very sharp guy and can explain difficult concepts very well and has a lot of information memorized. I've also brewed two of his recipes, the shipwreck IPA and the Extreme Steam California Common, both of which were truly fantastic. The store is well organized and everything is well stocked.
02-26-2009 21:30:28 |
More by dvollrath
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been shopping at myLHBS since my favorite shop in Fairfax moved to NC in 2007, and I've been pleased with the quality, service and know-how at myLHBS. Derek does come across as a bit of a know-it-all sometimes, but for the most part he backs it up pretty well. He's brewed just about everything, knows his ingredients cold, and never hesitates to recommend (or try something you're brewing). All the equipment you'd need is also in this tiny store, so no complaints there. It's not in the most convenient place, but as someone else mentioned, it's not like Northern VA has a homebrew shop on every corner.
09-18-2008 03:30:54 |
More by eztommyd
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I really like this place. It's hidden in a small shopping center near Seven Corners, which is a nasty driving area around commute times. Proximity to the DFH brewpub is a bonus, though.
It's a small shop, but I've never had a problem finding what I wanted. Derek has a solid grain selection and a good variety of recipe kits, including some kits that he has put together himself. I've only tried one of these, but it beat anything I've bought elsewhere. He also has almost all of the gadgets and additives you might want for beer, wine, or mead-making. My only real gripe with the selection is the lack of honey, since I enjoy mead, but whatever - not a big deal.
Staff has always been great here. Always very friendly and very helpful. The recipe of the month is a cool idea, and if you give it a try, chances are Derek is brewing it as well, and will be happy to compare notes.
All in all this is a place that makes the hobby a lot more convenient and enjoyable for me, whether I'm looking for a cool new recipe or I'm just in need of some some grain bags in a hurry.
07-01-2008 15:54:33 |
More by mgp80
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a very nice homebrew shop. It is not huge, but they have everthing you need and enough to keep things interesting. Derek will order anything you want, and pre smack yeasts, crush grains, assemble phoned in orders; Great Customer service. He has it all from beer, wine, soda ingredients; as wll as basic brewing equipment to more advance all grain and kegging equipment in stock. He is good for advice and suggestions; plus he can give you yeast charachteristcs from his head. The prices are about the same as most of the bigger mail order homebrew shops, so why pay for the shipping?
All in all a solid shop.
10-27-2007 21:16:12 |
More by chefboy812
District of Columbia
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Since moving down to Arlington 6 months ago this has been my homebrew shop of choice. Make sure to read the instructions on their webpage before you go because its a bit hard to find on your first time there, but well worth the effort.
Quality Generally very good. I did get a smack pack of yeast that was 4 months old, but it swelled up fine and started fermenting in under 24 hours. Hops and grain always seem pretty fresh.
Service Derek is a really nice guy always happy to special order anything he doesnt have on hand. He is also happy to give out advice when you solicited it, he and I have both been doing some brettanomyces beers so that what we normally end up talking about even if I am brewing something unrelated.
Selection Its the best LHBS Ive had in terms of selection, but it wont blow you away. Nice selection of interesting specialty grains, chocolate rye, caramel wheat, brown malt, acidulated malt etc but it can be lacking in base malts, they have Muntons MO, but no Golden Promise or other interesting pale malts. Solid yeast selection, Wyeast and dry yeast only.
Glad to have it in the area particularly because Jays just announced that regulations are forcing them to close their walk in business.
Edit: They also just started carrying Green Coffee beans, a definite plus for me.
02-23-2007 21:14:20 |
More by OldSock
District of Columbia
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
My first and ONLY brew shop that I'll use. My LHBS is a great little shop with the type of service one would expect from a small business. Derek is very well versed in the brewing of beer and is always happy to pass on his knowledge, experience, and stories onto his customers. The hours are pretty flexible at the shop and Derek is always willing to make himself available to his customers. The selection of grains, malts, yeasts, hops, equipment, etc. is continually growing and IMO is pretty darn good already (though I am new at this stuff ... my second brew is carbonating in the keg as we speak). If you're a beginner or an old salt, I would highly suggest doing business with Derek. He's honest, hardworking, and very dependable. The service from My LHBS is exceptional!!
10-31-2006 03:41:39 |
More by Jaynuze
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located in a non-descript office building in the Seven Corners area, My LHBS is a small shop that shares space with another business in the building. The owner, Derek Terrell, was extremely accomodating, especially to a first time home brewer like myself. He listened to what I want to do and recommended the appropriate the equipment and ingredient kit that he puts together himself. He is the former manager of Brew America in Merrifield, Va and brewed for Potomac River Brewing Company. He will order anything you need if he doesn't have it in stock and keeps a pretty wide array of specialty malts and yeast in stock. Ingredient kits are limited to Brewers Best and his own. Derek also puts out an email newsletter with a recipe of the month, this months being a Dead Guy clone since he has the Rogue yeast in stock. I look forward to using My LHBS again. Service was great, you can call or email Derek will any questions you have during the brewing process. I didn't feel like I was over my head when talking with him. Check out the place, its convenient to most of NoVa, DC and suburban MD.
10-07-2006 23:07:38 |
More by SwillBilly
My LHBS in Falls Church, VA