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Brew & Grow - North
$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
3625 N Kedzie Ave
phone: (773) 463-7430
Monday - Friday: 11am - 7pm
Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Wandered in here today, noticed they have free Intelligentsia coffee (and sell beans), which is a bonus.
Everything is well lit and well organized. The brewing supplies are all in well defined areas, the space is big and feels like a mini-Home Depot. To the immediate right when you walk in are restrooms and tropical plants, but beyond that are separate coolers for yeast and pelletized hops. To the left along the wall are assorted grains, and further up are books about brewing, including my favorite, Wild Brews. Hop selection was pretty varied, noticed full bins of Mosaic and Falconers Flight, no Citra (none to be found anywhere of course).
There was a guy on the floor helping a customer with a recipe, and at the counter they let me know when the next homebrew class was (March 7th). They had some modified keg kettles set up under a hood for brewing indoors, and an inspiration shelf of assorted empties of hard to find commercial beers. A great spot for homebrew supplies, literature, and coffee, just a short skip away from Revolution and Beer Temple.
02-12-2013 02:29:09 |
More by emerge077
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As I live in the 'burbs, I typically visit the B&G in Roselle, but since I realized I was out of bottle caps (and need to bottle) and I was in the area today, I thought I would stop in to pick up what I needed and check the place out.
This is a very large store with an impressive selection, much larger than most other homebrew stores. Grains run from one pound of pre-crushed to a bulk-sized sacks. Good selection of hops, yeasts, specialty ingredients, and equipment. Selection is far better than the Roselle location.
Prices are a bit high, but not that much higher than the prices in Roselle, and considering the city location, I would consider them fair.
Staff was friendly, though admittedly, I just needed some caps so there wasn't all that much I needed to ask about.
Overall, I found B&G to be clean, well stocked, and well organized. The next time I need supplies, I might come into the city instead.
10-28-2010 02:18:08 |
More by Florida9
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
The first thing that really impressed me about Brew & Grow-Chicago was the vast amount of space & tidiness that was on display when I first walked in. A customer service rep, named Robb, immediately approached me and quickly offered not only service but guidance on which home-brew equipment I needed to purchase. His guidance, I soon came to find, was based on 30 years of home-brewing experience. Fantastic! Finally, someone I can count on when I show up to a store. The store was stocked with bottles, caps, filtering equipment, cleaning equipment, beer ingredients (hops, malts), and other miscellaneous products anyone would need to start brewing their own beer.
The reason I'm so excited is because I'm a first-time home-brewer and Robb's help was a definite plus. I was in and out in 7 minutes and I all ready plan on coming back to pick up my next kit and beer supply. The selection overall was good. I would have given it a few more points had they had the hand held bottler I was looking for, as opposed to the hand-crank bottler I had to buy, since that was all that was available. Not sure if inventory is an issue but it would have really made my first visit that much more enjoyable.
I didn't check out the grow area but everything looked just as organized as the brew section with just a slight glance from afar. Exceptional service and future beer-brewing chats will keep me coming back to this place for a while.
01-20-2011 20:53:23 |
More by ferrari29
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Quality: Everything seemed to be well stored. I've bought yeast from them twice and I haven't had a problem. Their hops are fairly fresh as well.
Service: Amazing. I was making an ipa when I first went and the first staff member I encountered helped me refine the flavor profile I was looking for with different hops and yeast strains. I was very impressed by what he knew.
Selection: Everything I needed was there. I would have liked to see a wider range or recipe kits from Brew and Grow.
Overall not a bad place. The prices are good and the selection is more that I would have expected for a small brew shop.
11-22-2010 22:44:30 |
More by wmtxbb
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So, let me start by saying in the past I wasn't Brew and Grow's biggest fan. I even wrote a scathing review of the old location. But with the move to the new location on Kedzie they have made a 180 and I have been incredibly impressed with the selection and the level of service I've received over the past few months. Admittedly there are a few "bad apples" left on the staff and I stress a few. The majority of the staff is friendly, helpful and genuinely happy to help customers.
Friendly staff (99.9%).
Easy parking in the back.
Great location, just off 90's Addison exit.
Guys, thank you for taking the reviews on this and other sites to heart. You've changed me from hater into a loyal customer. Keep up the great work!
10-21-2010 17:09:31 |
More by MayorAdamWest
Brew & Grow - North in Chicago, IL