Triad Homebrew Supply, Inc.
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ncbeermonger:
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
I am so glad this place is here! other wise I would be driving down 85 to get stuff in Charlotte, or ordering it all off the web!
The quality of the things I have bought here has been outstanding! nothing has broken, and everything has worked as advertised!
The service here is great...when the owner is in (that has been all but one time, Ive been here well over double digits in visits) The owner is knowledgeable enough, and has at least the beginning of an answer to my questions. There once was a girl working and she tried to sell a guy a fermentation kit with out the top to the fermentor! YIKES
Lots of hops in the refrigerator, and lots of supply needs around the super tiny shop
The selection leaves a lot to be desired, but then with a place so small, and the lack of other patrons when i am there it sounds like good business sense in this case to keep the selection small. One kind of everything, sometimes two sounds about right for this area.
The value I have gotten here is very reasonable!
10-15-2008 18:41:08 | More by ncbeermonger
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -1%
Since I've been homebrewing, I have purchased pretty much all of my supplies at Triad Homebrew Supply. In my first year of college, I actually interviewed Ken for a paper I was doing on homebrewing, he is an extremely knowledgeable dude and is always willing to assist in any way he can. The other employees of this shop are very helpful, but they are lacking when it comes to homebrewing/winemaking etc. Usually, if I have a specific hop I am needing to purchase, I will come prepared with a list of the appropriate subsitute because you never know who will be working there. As for recipes, if Ken is in the shop, he will offer ideas/assistance and point you in the right direction. They carry only pellet hops, and their wine yeast selection is very slim. If you are extract brewing, the DME and liquid malt extract selection is usually slim pickings, though they do carry a wide selection of kits to choose from. They will mill your grains for you if need be, and are usually fully stocked with white labs liquid yeast. Overall, Triad Homebrew Supply is a convenient stop for the homebrewing community in the Greensboro area. The prices are about average, sure you could purchase online to save a couple bucks, but I personally would rather support the local business.
One more thing, I've had the employees keep the shop open after hours in the past when I called ahead to let them know that I was in route and running late in need of supplies, they are willing to accommodate if necessary, which is pretty rad.
02-04-2011 03:48:38 | More by jsdunlop
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
This is probably the most comprehensive store in the Piedmont Triad. City Beverage in Winston is better organized and has more pieces parts but Triad Homebrew stocks more grains and extracts. Prices are reasonable but if you can afford to buy bulk you are must better off shopping online. This is definitely a good place to go if you are looking for some specialty grains or extracts to get a brew started. They stock more kits than anyone else in the area. No kettles and no burners or specialty mashing tuns. Hop selection seemed seasonal and the prices are better than other stores in the area. All I saw was pellet hops. Yeast selection was very diverse and properly stored, I would definitely buy yeast here. The adjunct and chemical selection was good although there was no treacle available.
02-03-2011 17:06:37 | More by debianpants
3.2/5 rDev -20.8%
I have lived in Greensboro for 4 years and used this place both for soda making and beer brewing.
Selection: A wide variety of hops and liquid yeast stay in the freezer and fridge, where they should. Beer hardware is lacking. Last time I went in there they didn't have 2 common items that I was looking for. They stock a variety of malt extracts and specialty malts, but these are left on shelves and who knows how old it all is. They don't stock burners or kettles. Not everything has a price tag on it, which is inconvenient.
Pricing: The hops are so expensive that it is more cost-effective to buy a pound online from somewhere else and get it shipped. Usually $3-4 per ounce. Yeast is $8.25 a vial last time I was there. Extract is pretty expensive as well. The only way I can justify spending money here is on bulk malted barley and maybe their specialty malts.
Service: The owner possesses a good amount of knowledge. He is pretty approachable, and is a humble guy. The problem is that his employees are not fully trained in the craft and can't always help you. They are nice, but if I was looking for work I'd be pounding at the owner's door explaining why I (a brewer with 1 year of experience) could better run his shop than the employees there.
Hours: Pretty good, but being closed on Sunday and Monday sometimes gets me. I guess that's North Carolina for you!
All in all, I appreciate the existence of this store, but instead choose to order online due to a better selection and lower prices. I would love to support my local homebrew store but can't do that when some things are out of stock for weeks at a time. Triad Homebrew is more of an emergency go-to rather than a regular store that I shop at.
11-05-2010 18:23:32 | More by bbjornson
4/5 rDev -1%
An easy stop in here for me as I am staying right down the road from here for the next few nights. I decided to stop in on my first day of epic beer journey. A rather small, rather hidden place, I would never have found it if not for the picture. Seemed fairly well stocked, though a bit cluttered and had really everything one might need. Reasonable pricing I thought given the area and the staff really was quite friendly. Not at all a bad stop, I mean better then the zero home brew places we have in greenville for sure.
04-21-2010 23:54:10 | More by mikesgroove
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
I had been meaning to visit this place for some time now, so with a brew two days away I decided to stop by. I missed the principle owner who was walking out the door as I was walking in.
The organization is a little confusing at first, but once you get the layout, it becomes easy to find everything. Everything seemed fresh and well kept.
The service was friendly and as helpful as could be. I was primarily looking for peated malt, which they didn't have. They did have smoked malt, but it wasn't quite the same. They did have everything else I was looking for though.
My biggest issue was that the majority of the items did not have prices on them or near them. So I didn't really know how much everything was. Which caused me to be more than a little shocked by the fact that my total was just under $35 for 1lbs of Black patent, 1/2 of Roasted Barley, 4 oz of Kent Golding, 1 vial of White Labs Edinbourgh Ale Yeast, a small bag of Whirlfloc tablets, and a 4oz bag of Lightly Toasted Oak. There was also not an itemized receipt, so I still couldn't tell how much everything was.
Nice selection of yeasts and hops kept in the fridge. Again, good selection, no prices.
01-01-2009 18:48:51 | More by Loki
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
This is an awesome place. The workers there are very knowledgeable about homebrewing, both beer and wine. Their selection of equipment and ingredients is very nice and whatever they don't have they will order for you. There is also a class for beginners about once a month, which is very nice to people like myself who are just starting to get into homebrewing. The only downfall about Triad Homebrew Supply is that it is in a very awkward location. The store is rather small and cramped for all of the supplies. If you try going there around 5 you will probably be waiting a while because it is on a very busy street and right next to the light. Other than this, the store is awesome. Love the brew!
12-19-2007 17:57:46 | More by lhibbard
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
My LHBS. The recipe kits are as to be expected, the grain is great quality. I've bought pounds of hops here but did have one cheesy smelling bag of German hops show up. Lots of equipment and adjuncts available to play with.
Ken's an old-time brewer and has helped me since I found his store. He's told me what to buy to make brewing easier and to get the beer I want and sold me my first all-grain batch based on his recipe which turned out great. He's also told me not to buy things that he sells because he knew I didn't need them in my particular situation. That's pretty great because because I know if he recommends something; it's probably a good idea.
Good selection for such a small store and he will also order anything for you and match any homebrew catalog price if it comes to that. He also gives a discount to members of the local homebrew club which pays off if you buy in bulk.
11-02-2007 02:46:59 | More by bboven
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
Noticed this place by accident. It was near my work and I decided to have a look. I walked in and was greeted by a very nice man who introduced himself as Ken. I told him that I was interested in trying out home brewing so he made some recomendations. Ken was very helpful and knowledgable about the craft and was able to answer all my introductory questions; ones that I am sure he has heard a million times, but was still eager to answer . After purchasing supplies he informed me about the local home brewers club and invited me to attend.
All in all a great first time home brewing expereince and I hope for it to be one of many.
In a town the size of Greensboro, where there are some local breweries, its nice to have a specialty store that can cater to this subculture.
07-08-2007 19:33:46 | More by cbros
Triad Homebrew Supply, Inc. in Greensboro, NC
90 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.