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Stomp N Crush
$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
140 Killingworth Tpke
phone: (860) 552-4634
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Love this place. The fact it's close to work mass it even better. Staff/owners are awesome and extremely helpful. Most customers in the store are willing to chat beer with you too.
A monthly brew club meets here and I have attended a few meetings and have had a great time. Its good to have more options, especially ones closer to home. No more mail order for me!
03-02-2013 01:29:42 |
More by RADRACING
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in tonight for the first time. Most CT homebrew stores are a long drive for me and the others are, um, not to my liking. So I usually have things shipped in. Excited to have a place close by.
The store is small and the owners are still building up the inventory. But they had everything I needed today and said they could order anything I wanted with a few days' notice. No White Labs yeast but a good selection of Wyeast. No shortage of specialty grains and pellet hops, which is my preference anyway.
The owners seemed quite knowledgeable and eager to please. Very friendly. They offered a taste of a homebrewed porter which was quite nice, so obviously one of them knows how to brew. The whole place was spotless and the inventory fresh.
Prices didn't knock me out. But they weren't horrible either. Ingredients for 3 batches came out to within $10 of having the same items shipped in, once you include shipping charges. Well within my tolerance for supporting the local mom-and-pop.
Overall, a positive experience. Any negatives were the expected growing pains of a brand new store. Given their friendly attitude and eagerness to help, I expect them to do well. I'll go back.
10-09-2010 02:14:30 |
More by paulie
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
I stopped in here to get the ingredients for my first batch of the fall, and to see what the newly opened place had to offer. It's slightly closer to New Haven than Maltose, so I was really hoping to be wowed.
The space is about a third that of Maltose, and the selection of equipment and ingredients reflects that to a certain degree. No big winemaking equipment here (not that I'm interested in wine stuff, anyway), and far fewer beer kits and pre-made recipe boxes.
I wouldn't have minded the more intimate atmosphere in the least if it hadn't been reflected in one major deficiency product-wise: no whole-leaf hops. Pellets and plugs were the only options, and even there they didn't offer nearly as many varieties as Maltose. I had to recalculate my IPA recipe on the spot because of the paucity of hops. This was made doubly difficult because the typed-up list of hops didn't include AA%. I pointed out that this would have been a nice addition, and was told that they didn't want to redo the list every time a new shipment came in. I remain skeptical.
The prices were also slightly higher across the board, but not to the point where I felt ripped off.
The biggest strength of Stomp 'n' Crush was definitely the service. The proprietors were both hugely friendly and helpful, making sure that I had absolutely everything I needed, without being overbearing or pushy. I had a good time chatting with them about homebrewing in general, as well as their goals for the new business. I wish them luck, but I think I'll probably go back to Maltose for future batches - the better hops selection alone is worth it to me.
10-06-2010 01:19:17 |
More by woosterbill
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Very nice people, and an extremely helpful location - before this place, people in the New Haven area had to go to Salem, Monroe, or Southington (that is to say, far away!)
As soon as I walked in I was asked if I had brewed before and if I wanted a kit - they are definitely eager to get more people into the hobby.
Their kit selection is via Brewer's Best, and they order the newest seasonal kits when they come in while having a selection of year-round popular kits. They have the usual selection of equipment, including Better Bottles. I did not look at their equipment for mash-level home brewing.
They have canned and dry extracts, I'm pretty sure the canned was in the usual 3.3 pound increments, whereas the dry were in several different sizes.
They have wyeast packs and a few others, I'm sure they would order one if they didn't have it on hand. Also, they had quite a few hops in pellet form - some of the more popular varieties (like Cascade) were available in plug form. The fellow that works there grows his own Cascade, and he could be an interesting resource for anyone looking to grow their own hops.
I cannot comment on their wine selection, as I do not make wine - but it seemed on par with their beer selection. While the man working there noted that he had Ocktoberfest kits in, he mentioned he was ordering a seasonal wine kit as well (presumably the condition period would be done in the correct season) , so apparently they stay on track with wine.
If you are in the area and are tired of shipping in supplies, definitely check this place out.
09-22-2010 15:10:43 |
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