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$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
6201 Leesburg Pike #3
phone: (703) 241-3874
(Place added by: gbarron on 02-21-2006)
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| Reviews: 21
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
District of Columbia
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Since moving down to Arlington 6 months ago this has been my homebrew shop of choice. Make sure to read the instructions on their webpage before you go because its a bit hard to find on your first time there, but well worth the effort.
Quality Generally very good. I did get a smack pack of yeast that was 4 months old, but it swelled up fine and started fermenting in under 24 hours. Hops and grain always seem pretty fresh.
Service Derek is a really nice guy always happy to special order anything he doesnt have on hand. He is also happy to give out advice when you solicited it, he and I have both been doing some brettanomyces beers so that what we normally end up talking about even if I am brewing something unrelated.
Selection Its the best LHBS Ive had in terms of selection, but it wont blow you away. Nice selection of interesting specialty grains, chocolate rye, caramel wheat, brown malt, acidulated malt etc but it can be lacking in base malts, they have Muntons MO, but no Golden Promise or other interesting pale malts. Solid yeast selection, Wyeast and dry yeast only.
Glad to have it in the area particularly because Jays just announced that regulations are forcing them to close their walk in business.
Edit: They also just started carrying Green Coffee beans, a definite plus for me.
02-23-2007 21:14:20 |
More by OldSock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My LHBS is one of the few local Homebrew stores around the DC area. It's somewhat tucked away in a small strip across the street from Dogfish Brew Pub in Falls Church. The help has been great for me. I'm just getting into the hobby, and everyone I've dealt with has been friendly and very helpful. They've had pretty much everything I've been looking for, and have answered every noob question I've asked them without any kind of vibe. They've even helped me carry stuff out to my car when I would have made two trips to get everything. Prices have been VERY competitive from what I've seen. I will continue to give My LHBS my business- what a great resource for the DC area!
02-10-2012 21:37:45 |
More by jayhawk73
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located in a non-descript office building in the Seven Corners area, My LHBS is a small shop that shares space with another business in the building. The owner, Derek Terrell, was extremely accomodating, especially to a first time home brewer like myself. He listened to what I want to do and recommended the appropriate the equipment and ingredient kit that he puts together himself. He is the former manager of Brew America in Merrifield, Va and brewed for Potomac River Brewing Company. He will order anything you need if he doesn't have it in stock and keeps a pretty wide array of specialty malts and yeast in stock. Ingredient kits are limited to Brewers Best and his own. Derek also puts out an email newsletter with a recipe of the month, this months being a Dead Guy clone since he has the Rogue yeast in stock. I look forward to using My LHBS again. Service was great, you can call or email Derek will any questions you have during the brewing process. I didn't feel like I was over my head when talking with him. Check out the place, its convenient to most of NoVa, DC and suburban MD.
10-07-2006 23:07:38 |
More by SwillBilly
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in the other day as I couldn't find my racking cane after a big move. I was getting ready to bottle so I'm glad this place was available to me.
Yes it is a small place but it seems they have about everything you would need. The customer service was fine on my visit and I didn't pick up on any attitude or anything of the sort. Seemed knowledgeable and more than willing to help answer any questions I had.
I only bought an auto siphon, bottling wand, and some tubing and the prices were fair, I think about $16 for all three. My only complaint is the tubing I bought was the wrong gauge for the wand and siphon. I'm not sure if there were different sizes all sitting next to each other or what but I wish it was better marked. Oh well it was my fault for not checking.
09-16-2011 13:34:58 |
More by Eriktheipaman
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
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
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
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$
I've stopped in about 4 or 5 times now.
I have only been to 2 home brew shops in my time. I primarily order my stuff online. And from my experience here, that won't change.
I bought my primary supplies there when I first started brewing. They insisted I get 1 fermenter with a spigot and 1 without, even though I wanted two with. Every time I have to transfer from my secondary to a bucket with a spigot, I can feel my teeth grind a bit.
Another time I went in to get the ingredients for a recipe I got out of Sam from DFH's book. So I knew exactly what I wanted. One of the guys tried to dissuade me, and purchase something different. This was only my 4th batch, so I was kind of a noob, but I was getting the recipe directly from Sam. After I told him this, he kinda backed off and sold me what I wanted.
The last time I was there, I was brewing cider and a beer. I had gotten the grain from Midwest, but needed to repitch yeast. And since I needed the cider yeast...So I went, and when I just got 2 yeasts and some caps, the guy that checked me out made a really rude comment about how I must have bought all the grain for my beer online. Of course, I *COULD* have just needed to repitch my beer that I made from their grain. He couldn't have known.
The store is real small and the kits are overpriced. It's too bad Annapolis is a much longer drive.
03-23-2011 20:19:36 |
More by raveskdr
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
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
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