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3021-5 Stoneybrook Drive
phone: (919) 850-0095
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 21
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
American Brewmaster got me into homebrewing. I did a lot of research before I went in to the place to purchase all of my equipment. All of the staff were very knowledgable. If I had a question, they were all free to give suggestions of advice.
A very neat and orderly shop. All the grains are together and in containers so one can purchase by the pound instead of one pound bag increments. I am not sure on prices as it has been a while since I visited.
As I also recall, the hours seemed a bit weird. I think they are only open on Thursday Friday and Saturday. So that makes it hard to shop on a regular basis, so get it while its hot!
AB brought me in to the homebrew world so I am very grateful of that. They do a great job.
03-19-2006 14:09:16 |
More by SaCkErZ9
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I decided to get back into homebrewing after a few years off so I headed to American Brewmaster in Raleigh for some supplies.
I thought the store was very clean and well organized. They had a nice selection of both equipment and ingredients. They were out of the top two yeast strains I was looking for (American II and Northwest Ale) but they did have quite a few others along with a good selection of malts and hop pellets.
The two guys behind the counter were very helpful. They seem to know their stuff and were very willing to offer their advice.
The prices seemed OK for the most part but a 6 gallon carboy ran $43. They said that it had to do with manufacturing issues in Mexico that now had them buying from Italy but the carboy I bought still said Mexico.
This is definitely a well run operation. I plan to check out the homebrew shop in Durham to compare but this could very well become my regular.
08-17-2008 21:36:31 |
More by GJ40
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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: 3.5 | $$
Overall, I will definitely revisit for my brewing weekends. However, if I am going to attempt anything on the periphery of standard styles I may find their shelves slightly bare. Grain slection was faily decent but if I am looking for anything a bit rare I will need to shop online. Also, the yeast and hop selection was a bit disappointing. Just one small cooler for both and I had to dig around for some yeast that had not gone past date.
Really good service though. Neatly organized but they are more than willing to help help hunt down anything I could not find. Also, if after grininding up your weighted malt bill and there is an extra half pound of grain they will reseal your bags.
06-09-2007 15:22:34 |
More by MuddyFeet
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
First time homebrewer lookin' for a good selection of tools and ingredients. Look no further. AB knew the right equipment that I would need and literally bent over backwards to show me the differences in various techniques and parts to the homebrewing process. At no point did I feel pressured to buy anything I wouldn't need. The selection was great, lots of variations of hops and malts, although the yeast selection could improve a bit.
Funny story: If you ever go to AB, look above the cash register and you'll see a picture of a guy digging up a fossil site. The man's name is Dick, and he went with my friend Adam and I (we're paleontology graduate students starting up some homebrewing) out to Montana in the summer of '07. His "find" in the picture was exciting; we thought at first it was an articulated, Late Cretaceous dinosaur (probably a ceratopsian or hadrosaur). Butttt, it turned out to be a modern bison that was buried probably 100 years ago.
Hope you like this little side note. The store rocks.
10-07-2007 06:36:42 |
More by wagenvolks
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
I just wanted to point out that the malt extracts aren't made on premises. Mike(a super nice guy) will not give out his supplier, but he is supplied by someone. I actually had a conversation about this with him, and he says he gets very large drums of the stuff, and then repackages it in a more managable size.
But, I would also like to say that American Brewmaster is a great place for beginners. All of the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. And would love to point you in the right direction. And like all brew shops should be, its a great place to exchange ideas and meet fellow brewers.
One tip for your first time to American Brewmaster. If you have somewhere you need to be in a hurry. Don't look Mike in the eye(he's the owner) or try to ask him any questions. He loves to tell stories and will keep you there for days!!! : )
03-11-2003 19:17:46 |
More by beerinator
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have visited this place rather frequently since I took up homebrewing about a year ago. The products have always been of great quality. Yeast is always fresh and a discount is available for 3 month old yeast. They sell malt extract and hops that are airpacked right in the store. They also sell a decent variety of hop plugs that are produced just a few blocks away. While buying some this weekend, the clerk informed me these hops had recently begun to be used by Flying Dog Brewery. I was buying ingredients this weekend for a DIPA. I intended to buy 3 3.3lb packages of liquid light malt extract and one package of dry light malt extract. The clerk informed me that if I bought 4 packages of the liquid extract I would get 5% off my total purchase, which was helpful since I was spending $38 on 16oz. of hop plugs and buying a new $40 brewpot. These guys have also been very helpful in providing advice over the phone when needed. The only downside to this is that they are only open 4 days a week, oh well. Anyway, I am very grateful to have these guys in town. I know I will be very loyal to them, only visiting other homebrew shops if I absolutely need something right away on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
03-01-2007 06:00:11 |
More by atsprings
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is great. My friends and I have gotten into home brewing the last few months and have since brewed about 5 batches. Each time we stop in here we have questions and the guys are great about answering them. They walk with us throughout the store to pick our supplies, they help convert all grain recipes to extract, and hold lengthy conversations on equipment, hop varieties, and techniques. They have been so incredibly helpful. Their advice has helped us formulate some great recipes, brew some solid beer, and really become some efficient up and coming home brewers.
09-25-2011 23:12:29 |
More by tdm168
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
With the extravagant (albeit very amateur looking) red white and blue theme of the website, I was pretty surprised when I went here and found a nondescript brick building with a drab grey sign with white block letters that say "American Brewmaster".
However, that has nothing to do with whether or not I like the place.
The staff here are always happy to help, and if anything, I get asked too often if I need anything. The exception is Saturday mornings, when everyone's picking up those last couple ingredients for the weekend's batch. I try to avoid Saturday mornings after my one experience trying that.
They have a good selection of grain, hops, yeast, etc. as well as a range of equipment. Their grain isn't as cheap as online stores, but still cheaper than paying for shipping in most cases, and their bulk grain prices are just low enough that it's not worth buying online. Their hops are very reasonably priced with some varieties hovering around $2/ounce, much cheaper than the other stores I've been to. I've also found that if I don't see something and ask if they have it, it's usually in the back, and if it's not, they're happy to order it for me.
They also offer some good resources to help new brewers. They have beginners homebrewing classes pretty regularly, and they have the best brewing book selection I've seen in real life.
Overall, this store prices are good enough to keep me from shopping online, and for the items that are a bit more expensive, the service and convenience are too good to pass up.
03-28-2011 03:07:24 |
More by slowbie
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