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$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
1182 S. Main St
phone: (508) 223-HOPS
quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have to say I couldn't disagree more with the reviews. First of all -- everyone likes Uncle Frank. Agreed there, he's a great guy. I sincerely like him.
The store is a disaster. It's not consistently open when it's supposed to be open, but that's not all of the problems. Perhaps, if you brew mostly malt extract beers and you are willing to scrupulously read Frank's email newsletters to find out the days each month he's closed ( BMX biking, beer shows... whatever ) then it might be a good store. For an all-grain brewer though it's a nightmare. The last time I went in, I was just looking for 10 pounds of Maris Otter and a pound of biscuit malt for an ordinary bitter. He had the malt. No bag to put in in though.
Seriously, he didn't have a bag to put my malt in. He hunted around for a few minutes and then found an old paper bag on the floor.
Then he ran it through his grain mill, rang me up, and I went home. When I got home, I looked at the malt a little better. The grain was barely crushed at all! 75% of the kernels were completely intact. It became clear to me then that his customer base is extract brewers who steep a few ounces of grain and don't care about a proper crush.
Anyway -- to recap, love Uncle Frank. Go there to chat with him, hang out with him at a show, whatever -- and if you want a kit or a bunch of extract for a quick brew, the store is good. But for all grain, look elsewhere, unless you don't want a proper crush and you don't mind bringing your own plastic bags with you.
08-29-2008 18:41:06 |
More by BostonBeerGuy
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped by the other day for the first time. Its a little hard to find and you get the ;rough-n-tumble' neighborhood feel.
Small little shop with lots of items stuffed in there. Staff was very helpful and there were several other brewers coming in and out during my visit. Malt selection was good, but the yeast selection (White Labs) was only fair...just seemed to have the flagship yeast strains in the fridge.
The only truly negative I had during my visit was about asking for recipes - you are better off bringing your own to have them source, versus asking for one. The recipe I got from them was way off...basically a completely different style with little or no direction for the recipe.
Buy local, but make sure you know what it is you want before you go.
04-20-2009 15:37:17 |
More by Reiksguard
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
Quality: Every thing looked fresh, did not see any out of code items.
Service: The guy working greeted me when I walked in, I asked a couple of questions. Nice guy.
Selection: Like vitesse said it reminded me of another home brew shop. Has all the things you needed to get started making beer and wine.
Value: Prices were reasonable, I bought 2 things that I needed. Their price was what I would of paid at most places.
Overall, I was in the area and knew this place was here so I stopped in. The shop is very small but has all the basics. I do most of my home brew purchases from another home brew shop but if that place was not open or on vacation this is were I would buy my goods from.
03-15-2006 21:32:47 |
More by Burt
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I am a beginning homebrewer and this is my hometown store, so I'm a bit biased. Uncle Frank is really welcoming and helpful to a new homebrewer. It is a really small store, packed with stuff hanging off the shelves, a fridge with hops and pitchable yeast, and an ever evolving recipe collection. I found the prices to be at least as good, if not better than most online suppliers. I'm only up to partial grain brewing though, so I can't comment on how you all-grain guys might find the place. My only complaint is that it always seems to be closed for some random event when I need something, but if you check the website first, you'll save yourself the disappointment of driving there and finding a "closed" note on the door.
02-01-2009 15:26:48 |
More by Jahfoi
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Great place. I have only been there once, but my experience was very good. They are very beer-focused there, compared to a couple of other places I have been to in Massachusetts that seemed to be more about wine. They have a great selection of malts, spices, hops, everything that I needed at the time. The malts are available in sealed packages of different sizes as well as some from big bags. I forgot to check out the yeast supply, but I'd bet it would be good too. The owner is knowledgable and friendly, and was happy to mill my grain for me. The atmosphere was nice, and when I was there, people were sampling brews and discussing them. It is a rather small store, so I am not sure what the availability of larger items would be, but it would be worth a shot.
01-23-2004 21:56:38 |
More by waughbrew
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
a great little shop. VERY VERY comparable to Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies in Woonsocket. This shop is apparently owned by BA "Uncle Frank."
A small storefront that's kind of hidden off central Ave. on the seekonk/attleboro line. It's got a very good selection of ingredients and equipment. They stock a good selection of very fresh grains and extract. the full line of wyeast liquid strains, lots of hop varieties, lots spices and adjuncts, too.
The guy working the counter was very friendly (he was filling in for the owner that particular day) and extremely helpful to newbie-ish brewers like ourselves. They crush grains for you in-house. They also helped us formulate a recipe, which was great. definitely a place that's serious about their beer. THis and Blackstone Valley are my favorite local shops. DEFINITELY worth shopping here.
02-14-2006 01:16:31 |
More by vitesse
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Hoppy Brewer Supply Co. is a great little shop owned by BA Uncle Frank.
The selection is very good for a small shop and the product has always been fresh. Great product and great prices are nothing without a knowledgeable staff, and thats exactly what you will get here. They are always there to answer any questions or share their advice.
The shop also has regular events including a monthly meeting with beer tasting/contests and an e-mail newsletter. They also have wine supplies for those interested. I highly recommend checking them out.
09-19-2007 14:04:16 |
More by ribeer11
Hoppy Brewer Supply Co. in Attleboro, MA