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Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies
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$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
407 Park Ave
phone: (401) 765-3830
(Place added by: Todd)
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| Reviews: 26
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited here once on a Saturday afternoon. Spacious, clubby, cheerful. Other home brewers brought some of their recent batches for sampling and sharing. I asked for a brown ale kit and got one assembled with powdered extracts and some freshly ground whole grains. Decent value, fairly good recipe, but when packing it up the hops and yeast were left out, so I had to return for them. The supplies seemed fresh enough, though the batch isn't ready to evaluate as a finished beer yet. I'll probably return to this shop, but I'll make sure all my ingredients get packed in before I get home to start brewing.
09-06-2008 12:41:31 |
More by ellflle
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3
first off the owner is one of the nicest people i ahve met in a long time. talk about customer support. i think his stock mostly contains newby type stuff, but he can and will oprder what ever you need. the selection is average casue it is the only homebrew store i ahve ever really been to, so i dont really know what to expect. but the store is the size of one room, so surely some of you might think the selection is poor, but like i said he can order what you need. he automatically upgrades the starter kits he sells with a better syphon and better more eco-freindly sanitizer, leaving you both of the other ones as back up incase you need them someday. i thought he was very freindly and for that he is where i will buy my goods for now.
04-19-2005 01:28:23 |
More by MediocreatBest
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
As a newby to the home brewing scene I'll limit my compliments from that perspective and return to edit at a later date as I grow more adept at the trade. I have not brewed my first batch yet (that's in 2 days!), but went to Blackstone to get the last few things I needed. The shop is quite small, but just packed full os all sorts of supplies. Rather heavy in beginner home brew kits, but the guys there said they could order whatever people might need. It also appeared to my novice eyes that they had a pretty good selection of ingredients in stock. When I told him I bought a kit for my first batch, he suggested a way to make half the amount as suggested and then modify the other half. But what I liked (and appreciate) the most was how they stressed to call them if I had any questions. For anyone in the RI area who is interested in home brewing, it is definitely worth talking to these guys.
12-26-2004 19:37:53 |
More by MuddyFeet
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Very helpful. Great advice. Excellent brewing packages with simple, accurate directions and a wide range of styles. That is very encouraging to a newbie such as myself. Ingredients were fresh.
There is a culture of teaching, camraderie, and collaboration here between the patrons and the staff that really makes coming to the store a fun experience.
If you go, stay for a while, you will learn something. Even if you are an experienced brewer. BVBS has tools and guidance for cider and wine as well.
01-22-2011 19:14:17 |
More by baja
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
What can I say that has not already been said in the previous reviews. Exceptional help setting up a noob to the homebrewing process, good prices and helpful tips.
Steve got me started and i'm preparing my first homebrew later this weekend, i'm sure I will be back for more product and advice.
06-29-2013 22:40:40 |
More by dumpman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I discovered this place while trying to find a homebrew shop in RI. This was the only result not in Providence so it won out.
Blackstone Valley would be easy to miss if it weren't for the giant open flag that hangs outside. It's a relatively bland dark brown building with a couple windows looking inside. From the road, it's almost invisible.
Upon entering the shop you notice how clean it is. Everything is neatly organized and accessible (except for the hops and yeast, which the owner, Steve, is always willing to grab for you).
Speaking of Steve, this guy is ridiculous in the best possible way. He loves what he does and it shows. He's full of homebrewing knowledge as well as his fair share of beer gossip.
In the middle of the store is the tasting table at which various patrons of the store share their wares and their stories. It's always a good time.
Steve will order anything he can get his hands on if you give him a heads up. He even offered to order me some "bugs" if I really felt inclined.
The prices are perfectly reasonable and I have yet to go wrong with any recipe Steve has helped cook up.
Blackstone Valley is a labor of love and it shows. From the neatly organized selection, the variety of supplies (this includes a solid wine kit section), to Steve and his insane amount of knowledge and passion for all things beer, this is one place you don't want to miss if you're within an hour drive. Do yourself a favor and stop in. You'll be lucky if you get out in under 2 hours. It's just that good.
06-15-2011 03:05:41 |
More by Goblinmunkey7
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
There are few homebrew supply shops in Eastern MA & RI -- let alone good ones! Steve Duhamel(sp?) of Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies is a joy to speak with - he even informed me of the correct pronunciation of Hoegaarden. Who knew.
Though not all-inclusive, the selection is more than enough for most home brewers. Prices are reasonable and the service is excellent. While I have in the past chosen online vendors for ingredients, I have chosen to support my local brewing community instead. Let's save the world... 6 gallons at a time :)
09-05-2008 16:24:59 |
More by BrewMasterG
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
a small, but very nice homebrew shop right off route 146 in woonsocket. the owner, scott, was very friendly and helpful on me and my friend's first visit to the shop for ingredients and a few odd pieces of equipment. the store is physically pretty small, but his selection of ingredients seemed pretty good. he stocks numerous hop varieties and both dry and liquid yeasts. we needed to brew that day, so we picked up a packet of dry us-56 that was very fresh. best of all, steve was very helpful and took the time to look over our recipe and give us feedback. check this place out.
11-07-2005 05:26:50 |
More by vitesse
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Got my first home brew stuff here. Reminds me of the old time hardware store. Not entirely sure who really works there, but everybody was helpful, seems to be a hangout for the HB crowd - pretty cool. Pointed me in the right direction as a novice home brewer, for sure. Now that I know more, the selection of grain, hops, yeast is great, equipment maybe a little limited overall. Prices are reasonable, but some things are on the high side. Treated me very well as a noob. They have a computerized recipe system that can come up with a wide range of recipes or help you build one. Fun place to just go,hang, and talk home brew. They have a number of pre-packaged brew kits available in quite a few styles - a little brown bag o' goodies that has everything you need to make a good batch of beer, either extract or partial grain, maybe all grain too (not sure), but if it isn't on the shelf, they'll have it or can come up with it. Very clean store, organized well.
01-14-2013 21:21:00 |
More by LeRose
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm a long time customer of the shop so that in itself says BVBS is a good place. Yes, the store is small but let's face it selling homebrewing supplies is a niche business so in this case size doesn't matter. Have to agree that Steve is very friendly and super helpful. I came in as a veteran homebrewer but I have witnessed Steve lead a seemingly endless procession of newbies through the process over the years. The guy has endless patience and enthusiasm. If you are in the SE New England area and are thinking about getting started in homebrewing this is the place to go.
A complete line of fresh White Labs yeast is stocked as is a very good hop selection and both products are stored under the proper refridgeration. There are also lots of specialty malts available and always 25Kg sacks of base malts. The house extract kits are very popular. I brew AG but I have tasted several beers from the kits and they are very good.
Steve also stocks kegging equipment for homebrew and tap equipment for serving commercial beer at home.
01-06-2006 01:02:35 |
More by BigEd
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