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$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
6201 Leesburg Pike #3
phone: (703) 241-3874
(Place added by: gbarron on 02-21-2006)
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| Reviews: 21
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$$
I had a very detailed and well thought out review which took me an hour to compose, but it was magically erased somehow thanks to my large sausage fingers.
Long story short...
Place is way too small and hard to find, but the real story is that they are VERY rude And mis quoted prices and act as if they are doing you a favor selling you stuff.
I hated my experience here and was treated very poorly even after spending over $200.
I would rather order everything from somewhere else even if I lived across the street from this place.
The most pretentious beer people I've ever met.
If your not good with people hire someone who is.
Will NEVER go back to this place.
10-07-2012 21:37:53 |
More by caseymcconnell
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$$
I've got two choices for LHBS--this place or absent-minded-hole-in-the-wall shop in Clifton VA. Regarding My LHBS, I'm not sure if the owner is apprenticing his younger employee in being an ass, but it's contagious. Employees, particularly the owner, are routinely rude and give you shit for trying to shop and buy something within an hour of closing time.
The latest episode occurred today after I filled my hand basket with ingredients for an Aventinus clone. Two of the grain bags I grabbed were 10# pre-packaged unmilled sacks. When I got to the register, with the sign stating "$0.15/# TO MILL GRAINS" in the background, the apprentice told me they won't mill the bags. And that most people buy their own mills. Gee, thanks for the advice. (My experience is very similar to what Jaguar10301 experienced (see his review of My LHBS) trying to get pre-bagged grains milled.)
This place is in the weeds when more than 3 people are in the shop. They act like pricks and expect the customer thank them for merely existing. Good luck, gang. I have no problem buying from good shops online.
09-10-2011 21:01:43 |
More by djconnor
quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$
I started homebrewing by someone who went to the annapolis homebrew shop, so I've been brewing close to a year am all grain now and am used to excellent service.
I had stopped at mylhbs once before because i needed a hydrometer and to check it out, they are only 20 minutes from my house versus the 45 minutes to annapolis home brew.
On my first visit I wasn't impressed with helpfulness of the guy working behind the counter and the store was very small. So I basically figured I could use it if I needed something in a pinch but I would keep my primary store which was further.
This weekend I had my first pinch. I needed wheat malt, wyeast 3068 and some other assorted brewing products and we didn't want to drive all the way to the other shop. So I thought I would give it a shot.
They had just opened and at first offered help. I then found out they only sold pre-bagged grain, they also told me that they could not mill the 8lbs 10 oz of wheat malt I needed, but then said they would do it this one time only, but kept bringing it up as I got the other things I needed and were VERY rude about it. Look if you can't do it, thats fine, you should put something on your website about not milling the day of, but just don't do it. Don't tell me you'll do me this favor and then continue to be complete jerks about it.
They told me to leave for 15 to 30 minutes and come back for it, I did when I got home I noticed they didn't mill the whole 10 lbs of the bag (had to buy 10) When I got to brewing I realized they only milled 8lbs and I had to hand roll with a rolling pin the other 10 oz I needed.
Also the yeast was much older than the yeast I usually get at my primary shop. it was dated in sept, its now nov.
So in short, can't buy any amount of grain you want, won't crush it for you without advanced notice, and were very rude.
11-07-2010 12:14:08 |
More by Jaguar10301
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$
I've stopped in about 4 or 5 times now.
I have only been to 2 home brew shops in my time. I primarily order my stuff online. And from my experience here, that won't change.
I bought my primary supplies there when I first started brewing. They insisted I get 1 fermenter with a spigot and 1 without, even though I wanted two with. Every time I have to transfer from my secondary to a bucket with a spigot, I can feel my teeth grind a bit.
Another time I went in to get the ingredients for a recipe I got out of Sam from DFH's book. So I knew exactly what I wanted. One of the guys tried to dissuade me, and purchase something different. This was only my 4th batch, so I was kind of a noob, but I was getting the recipe directly from Sam. After I told him this, he kinda backed off and sold me what I wanted.
The last time I was there, I was brewing cider and a beer. I had gotten the grain from Midwest, but needed to repitch yeast. And since I needed the cider yeast...So I went, and when I just got 2 yeasts and some caps, the guy that checked me out made a really rude comment about how I must have bought all the grain for my beer online. Of course, I *COULD* have just needed to repitch my beer that I made from their grain. He couldn't have known.
The store is real small and the kits are overpriced. It's too bad Annapolis is a much longer drive.
03-23-2011 20:19:36 |
More by raveskdr
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
Somewhat hard to find until you use Dogfish and the Sears as landmarks. Parking is iffy nearby, but okay father away.
Very cramped inside. Decent selection. Good prices. There simply is not room for a great selection. There simply is no room for brewing equipment like you would see in most stores. All the important ingredients are there, with the exception of enough liquid malt selection.
Some posters stated the owner and salesman can be douchey. I saw no sign of this, the owner was polite and helpful.
The prices are perhaps the biggest draw.
01-15-2012 17:01:51 |
More by TheFunGuy
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I've been to this shop twice since moving to the Falls Church/Arlington area. It's really the only one in the area, so the stock turnover is pretty quick, which means the materials are usually pretty fresh.
It's a small shop, but pretty much packed from wall to wall with brewing equipment, which doesn't leave a whole lot of room to move. Both times I have gone for supplies the owner has been helpful: offering advice on recipes and making sure that you know how to store materials.
As I mentioned, the shop is small, which means that even though it's packed with materials, the selection is not huge, but they have equipment, loose ingredients and ingredient kits.
If you want to start brewing, or if you're a seasoned brewer, it's a good place to go if you live in the Falls Church area.
12-21-2010 23:54:45 |
More by DaveBlack
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
This is a brand new hombrew shop for the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area. It's run by a guy named Derek who used to work at Brew America, which some of you may remember was located in the Merrifield area (I think they also had another shop in NoVa). Brew America closed down in the late 90's as the homebrew industry crashed.
Derek has opened this new shop - My Local-Home-Brew-Store (My LHBS) - in response to the relative dearth of home brew stores in the DC metro area, especially on the Virginia side.
His selection right now is not huge, but he is getting new shipments of materials every week and within a few weeks should be fully stocked. Plus he'll order absolutely anything you want. He is very, very accomodating and will work with you to get you what you want and in whatever quantities. He has a full selection of Wyeast XL smack packs on hand, and will order any other yeast you want.
Prices are average as far as I can tell. His hours are currently Tu-Sa, something like 10-4, but check the website. He'll also stay open late if he knows you're coming to pick something up. Be sure to get directions from him the first time you go there as the location is a bit odd - basically a back room in the office he uses for his other business. Convienently located in the Seven Corners area of Falls Church.
02-21-2006 15:49:09 |
More by gbarron
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is a little hard to find. If I wouldn't have been determined to find this place, I would have given up. You have to drive around to the backside, once I was there I was pretty happy.
The place is pretty small but it is packed to the ceiling with stuff. I was surprised I was able to moved around as easily as I could while I was there. There were two people working and I was the only one in the store. They said that it has been "slow" lately so I hope that doesn't mean that they are in trouble. They had a decent selection of equipment including better bottle fermenters. One wall was covered with prepackaged kits and another was covered with 1 / 3 / 10 pound bags of different grain. One of the employees told me that they sold bulk grain (55 pound bags as well).
They charged me to crush 3 pounds of grain, that kind of annoyed me but it was only 50 cent a pound, if i were crushing 20 pounds I would just by a mill.
Their website leaves a lot to be desired. Seriously, hire a 14 year old kid to make you a decent webpage. There is close to no information that is useful at all on there. Completely annoying.
10-22-2009 20:08:43 |
More by drabmuh
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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