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[ Homebrew Store ]
3021-5 Stoneybrook Drive
phone: (919) 850-0095
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
While living in Raleigh, this was my go-to homebrew store. The staff is awesome and very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed spending some time here, and they also allow you to mix ingredients and styles, to create your own recipe. I used to order supplies from them online, before I realized they were just down the road from me, and I started visiting everytime I was ready to brew another batch.
Whether you are just starting out or an advanced homebrewer, this spot has everythign you need to get started or to take it to the next level.
11-28-2011 19:39:36 |
More by seanwhite
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
American Brewmaster is a very good local homebrew store. They don't alsways have the selection of yeasts and hops that you can get online, but they do have quite a lot and they're always willing to special order for customers.
One nice touch is how they handle their magazines. They wrap the issues in pastic, but they keep one copy of each out for patrons to browse. It allows you to check out the content without getting a dog eared copy. This is a good shop.
I've been happy with their selection of extracts and grain. Seems like they tend to label their stock a bit differently than I'm used to. For instance, they label their 6 row lager malt. Certainly the names are interchangeable, but it always makes me think a bit. They also have a nice selection for home winemakers.
11-20-2005 02:24:44 |
More by Sayson
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Overall, I will definitely revisit for my brewing weekends. However, if I am going to attempt anything on the periphery of standard styles I may find their shelves slightly bare. Grain slection was faily decent but if I am looking for anything a bit rare I will need to shop online. Also, the yeast and hop selection was a bit disappointing. Just one small cooler for both and I had to dig around for some yeast that had not gone past date.
Really good service though. Neatly organized but they are more than willing to help help hunt down anything I could not find. Also, if after grininding up your weighted malt bill and there is an extra half pound of grain they will reseal your bags.
06-09-2007 15:22:34 |
More by MuddyFeet
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
I went there for the first time this weekend (6/14/03) as I am eager to start home brewing beer. This place seems like a great resource for people at all levels of brewing. I talked to one of the owners, I think Mike, and he was very helpful as far as a suggestion with equipment. I ended up buying a book for now and the equipment once I have space.
06-15-2003 07:39:57 |
More by yosh
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I really don't have any complaints about this place, save for that it seems a little expensive at times. I store is located in a little commercial center off of Capital Boulevard. All the ingredients and equipment I have purchased have been of good quality. The service is excellent, as the staff is very knowledgeable and willing to offer advice or pointers if needed. Good selection of grain, malt, yeast, and hops, too. A couple times while there I've had to opportunity to sample others' homebrewed beer and wine.
The only homebrew store I've been to, so keep that in mind.
12-23-2005 20:33:26 |
More by blackie
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
American Brewmaster got me into homebrewing. I did a lot of research before I went in to the place to purchase all of my equipment. All of the staff were very knowledgable. If I had a question, they were all free to give suggestions of advice.
A very neat and orderly shop. All the grains are together and in containers so one can purchase by the pound instead of one pound bag increments. I am not sure on prices as it has been a while since I visited.
As I also recall, the hours seemed a bit weird. I think they are only open on Thursday Friday and Saturday. So that makes it hard to shop on a regular basis, so get it while its hot!
AB brought me in to the homebrew world so I am very grateful of that. They do a great job.
03-19-2006 14:09:16 |
More by SaCkErZ9
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Q-I have been a customer for American Brewmaster for several years. Since the new owner took over there have been several changes which have generally imporved the overall quality. My only real complaint in the topic of quality is the fact that the hops are not kept frozen. This being said, they rotate and go through their hops rapidly and I have never bought any old hops. The staff don't know the harvest year generally but you can count that is reasonably fresh.
S-The staff are helpfull to the nth degree but the downside of it is that they will let you stand around when you want to pay and leave in order to help the folks they are with...
S-The grain and hop selection is very good. No complaints. They will order whatever you need within reason.
V-The prices for most equipment is on par with what you will pay somewhere else. The grain and yeast seem to be fairly priced. The hops though are expensive. You definaitly pay for the selection. Overall though for the quality, service and selection that you get its the best option in North Carolina and I have made a pact to support them and not order from the larger cheaper retailers.
11-15-2010 00:06:30 |
More by krausenman
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I decided to get back into homebrewing after a few years off so I headed to American Brewmaster in Raleigh for some supplies.
I thought the store was very clean and well organized. They had a nice selection of both equipment and ingredients. They were out of the top two yeast strains I was looking for (American II and Northwest Ale) but they did have quite a few others along with a good selection of malts and hop pellets.
The two guys behind the counter were very helpful. They seem to know their stuff and were very willing to offer their advice.
The prices seemed OK for the most part but a 6 gallon carboy ran $43. They said that it had to do with manufacturing issues in Mexico that now had them buying from Italy but the carboy I bought still said Mexico.
This is definitely a well run operation. I plan to check out the homebrew shop in Durham to compare but this could very well become my regular.
08-17-2008 21:36:31 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Kind of a drab little spot off of a random side road in a random little shopping area. Inside is a bit cramped, with beer supplies and ingredients occupying about 75% of the space with the remaining shelves going to wine stuff.
They have a good selection of base and specialty malts and a self-service grain mill. Most of the hops are pellets with a few varieties of leaf hops. Decent selection of yeast, and the Wyeast Smack Packs seem like they are usually pretty fresh. They also put together their own recipe kits (both extract and all-grain).
On the equipment end of things, they have a little bit of everything but not a ton of selection (two types of thermometers, two different chillers, one of this gadget, one of that doodad). They do have a bunch of nice bottles, but overall their focus seems to be on basic equipment. They do seem to have a fair amount of kegging stuff, though I haven't looked into it much because I bottle. One thing I did like was that they were cool with customizing a beginner kit for me...swapped out the racking cane for an autosiphon, added a better bottle to my kit, etc.
Prices seem to be a touch higher than online, but not enough to make much difference after shipping. I'm glad to have a local shop to support, but most of my larger equipment purchases are online (AB is great for little things like stoppers, not so great for, say, silicone tubing or a false bottom).
Staff is generally friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.
07-21-2011 02:43:53 |
More by JebediahScooter
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Time for an AB update. Mike has sold the business to Mark and he seems to be doing a bang up job. The service is as good as ever, the occasional wait at the counter and perhaps you are no longer known by name, but they still ask if you need assistance and the new store layout is growing on me.
They could get in larger packages of yeast instead of the small Wyeast packs and they could get in some more interesting dry yeasts, but all in all the seleciton has even improved in homebrewing supplies lately.
Check it out for sure!
atmosphere: n/a | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: n/a
I've been shopping at American Brewmaster for years. Mike always has excellent quality and service. His prices can be a little high at times, but he has a good selection of merchandise and he keeps it moving. All his hops are refridgerated, and he gets new yeasts in every week and is willing to special order anything you might desire. His book collection is very good as well. If you are in the Raleigh area and have some time to kill, I suggest you stop by, of course Mike does like to talk, so allow some extra time.
06-08-2006 18:20:43 |
More by GCBrewingCo
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