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Wine, Barley & Hops Homebrew Supply
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Homebrew Store ]
248 Bustleton Pike
phone: (215) 322-4780
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live in Levittown which is about a 15 - 20 min ride down route 1 to street road. I am kind of new to the homebrew scene so I really wouldn't know what is expensive or not. I don't know the man who helped me but he was great. He grinded the roasted barley for me which is pretty cool. He told me a couple of recipes and how to start out brewing. The homerew kits were relatively cheap considering the one's on the internet were a bit more expensive. A very nice clean place and very friendly atmosphere. I will definetly be going back there again.
02-09-2009 01:34:55 |
More by TheFightfan1
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This is the closest homebrew shop to where I live. I am relatively new to the hobby, but the owner Paul seems to be friendly and knowledgeable. The store has a lot of stuff packed into a small space and it is clean and well organized. All of the ingredients seem fresh and they have decent hours. I agree with some other reviewers that it is a bit pricey, but I would rather spend a little more money at a local place than save some online. All in all I would recommend this shop to other homebrewers, but it may not be the best in the area.
10-13-2008 22:47:15 |
More by zoso1967
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
this place doesn't have the biggest selection, but paul (the owner) is one of the nicest guys in beer and will talk endlessly about beer or just about anything (ask him about penn state football). if they don't have it in stock, paul will order if for you. everyone that works here is very nice, and very helpful (zero beermeister attitude); well worth paying a few extra dollars for the things i need. hopefully with more support the store will grow and increase in selection. the only other negative i can really mention is the fact that they're closed on sundays during the summer, and are only open until 6pm on weekdays. i don't get out of work until later in the evening most of the time and this totally prevents me from stopping by more often, and sundays are a big plus because that's the day i usually reserve for making beer at home.
05-28-2008 00:54:25 |
More by fishtownhxc
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
On Bustleton Pike in what is essentially Feasterville, W, B, & H Homebrew is a well meaning store that just isn't quite up to the level of its local competitors (except in terms of wine-making supplies, where it's fantastic).
The store is exceptionally clean and organized, with, as I just mentioned, a determined slant towards wine-making. This is all well and good, and I think if I was a wine-maker I'd be really happy here, but as a homebrewer, there are a few factors that keep me from making this my everyday store.
First off, selection is limited in terms of materials, but what they do have here is very fresh. I imagine they must have good turnover -- you could run a white glove around this store and have it be perfectly clean when you were finished.
It's a White Labs store, both a pro and a con. On one hand, I like using Wyeast for my everyday brews. This would be a point against here. On the other hand, there are some great White Labs strains I can't find anywhere but here.
The owner, Paul, by the way, is a great guy. I've been told by friends that he's willing to special order whatever WL strains you'd like for no extra cost. A great positive.
Prices are notably steep here, about two dollars on average more than what I've usually seen in the area. Again, this is demonstrated in terms of quality, and probably in the fact that this is a new store, still really working hard to pay the bills. If you really want freshness, though, you'll find it here --you get what you pay for.
The owner's secondary staff are all winemakers and homebrewers, but none of the brewers, it seems, have been doing it for very long, or in much depth. I was discussing ideas for a brew with one, talking about some all-grain techniques, and he looked me like I had two heads. In comparison to other local stores I've been to, the level of experience is not at the same level here.
If you're a winemaker here, however, they have a really neat thing at the cash register -- a giant rack with lots of home fermented wine on it. You take two bottles off your choice off, and leave two of your own, as an exchange program. You can even leave tasting notes for people when you return to visit. Seems like a really neat idea.
All in all, I think this store is still going through some growing pains. The people here are really fantastic, the supplies fresh, but, as noted above, there's still a few kinks to be ironed out. If this place survives, and the prices drop, it'll do real well for itself. I like to try and support it as much as I can, but it's just not up to snuff in terms of being my everyday LHBS. Great potential, though, and, if I were a winemaker, this is where I'd go for my supplies, without question.
For brewers, make special trips here to get White Labs stuff, and a few other supplies, but save your real shopping for other stores in the area.
02-14-2005 16:38:29 |
More by ithacabaron
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This is a relatively new place that I started going to. From Northeast Philly, this store is about a 10-15 minute drive North on Bustleton Avenue from Grant Ave. Since Brew By You moved to Malvern, this store has gladly accepted my business. (Brew By You is now closed as of 2005) Also, I'm not wanting to drive downtown (Home Sweet Homebrew, Barry's) all the time, or make the trek out to Keystone.
Located in the middle of a small strip of stores right off of Bustleton, this place is bright, clean and the selection is very good. Plenty of different brands extract cans and DME, all the accessories and a good selection of grains. I have gotten plenty of grains here, and Paul, the owner always seems happy to run them through the mill for me (free of charge). They run specials often and give 10% off of various products. They now have Corny kegs and new oak barrels in stock. Every single item has a price and a bar code and is clearly marked. Normal prices prices seems to be on average with most other stores I've been to.
I have patronized this place about 6-7 times and have no complaints. Highly recommended.
03-22-2004 23:51:24 |
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