Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tapman:
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
There are few options left to the Chicago home-brewer. If you live downtown there are two options, Bev Art (which is about 20min. away from downtown), and the Brew and Grow (about half the distance). From reviews I had read on BA.com, Bev Art was the better option. I won't know the answer to that until I check out the Brew and Grow, as I haven't been there yet.
Shop is small, but had everything I needed for a beginning home brewer. Also bins of grains, a refrigerator of liquid yeast, and various pieces and doo-dads. It's hard to find anything, but if you ask the gentleman who runs the store will gladly help. The owner is really nice. He offered advice, said I could call him there with any questions, and gave out samples of homebrews both beer and mead.
The experience was enjoyable and for the city, its about as good as its gonna get. Still, there are places in the suburbs with twice the stuff...its all a matter of time and urgency (impatience).
01-21-2008 00:31:55 | More by tapman
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4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A tiny space but the service makes up for it. All ingredients one will need to brew can be bought here. Some gear might not be able to be purchased, but basic gear such as fermenters, air locks, caps, etc. They make their own mead too and it's very good!
01-28-2014 20:34:57 | More by NewGlarusFan
4.51/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to this place a few times now, usually just picking stuff up for a recipe. When you walk in, the store is a little cramped. The space is full of a bunch of different odds and ends, seeming to have almost one of everything I could possibly need. The man who I have seen up front each time I have been there (I forget his name) is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and has been great when they were missing a hop variety suggesting replacements. Great guy and a great store. I would much rather go here than the one up north. Love this place.
04-08-2011 00:13:24 | More by Agold
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
Great home brew shop and wine making supply store. This small shop has been in the southside Chicago's Beverly neighborhood for a few years now. They hold classes, sell equipment, ingredients, and offer plenty of free advice for the newbies and experienced brewers too. They have everything you could need to do extract, partial mash, or all-grain brewing with experts helping you along the way. Only downside is a limited selection of grains, but I always try to buy from here when I can to help support the local stores.
03-15-2011 03:21:49 | More by dcsoke
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The people at Bev Art are great. They're knowledgeable, helpful, and patient. When I was a new homebrewer, they walked me through equipment, counselled me over the phone when I had brewing problems, and helped me design recipes. As I got more advanced, I always found that they knew what they were talking about. If I've needed an ingredient that they don't have in stock, they've been willing to get it for me. If I'm in Chicago, I'll go to the store even though the internet is easier for me, just to make sure my dollars go to such a great organization
02-11-2010 01:33:48 | More by Sallerj
3.15/5 rDev -22.8%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
All the props to Bev Art they started me homebrewing. There class was great. Greg is a passionate mead maker and knowledgeable home brewer. I really enjoyed the lager I made in the class.
The service is good here yet it's always difficult to have great service when there is no solutions. I often find that they don't have what I want in stock. I'll stroll in for a keg part or a specialty grain and they won't have it. They're always friendly on the phone and genuinely want to help you. It's just lacking beer stock.
All in all Bev-Art is a cool place to stop in and visit in their antique-esque shop. Thanks for all the help. Cheers.
08-08-2009 03:30:27 | More by RockerD
4/5 rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is right around the corner from my Mom's house, and is where I got my first homebrew kit. It was a basic "vitner's" or something kit that they had suped up, which was nice. The staff was really helpful in what kit to use for the first time and offered tips. They also have a great selection of other general DIY stuff like cider, wine and all that good stuff. The selection wasn't terribly large, but I could see it sufficing for a neighborhood shop. I know they teach classes both on site and to larger groups off site, which are supposed to be great. One example of a great thing the customer service there...We stopped in to get ingredients for a recipe in How to Brew, but forgot to bring our copy. He just opened a new one in the store and made a copy of it to make notes on it for us for our first partial mash. A place I would visit frequently if I lived in Beverly.
08-06-2009 13:41:23 | More by mdwalsh
4.65/5 rDev +14%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
One of the best homebrew shops around. I went there years ago when I lived in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. A very small shop, but the place is packed with supplies in every nook of the store. Selection is great as well. And the owner is a great guy, willing to talk to you and help you with any questions. They do classes on beer, wine and meads. My only complaint is the prices are a little high, compared to other shops. I paid about $50 for a sack of base malt that I usually get from another place for about $35. But they always have fresh yeast and hops and just about every grain to fit your bill. I still go occassionally when my usual shop is out of something, even though it's an hour drive each way.
06-22-2009 00:24:05 | More by JamnesCameron
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I recently got into the whole brewing thing so I definitely had to take a ride to bev art to see exactly what kind of stuff they had. When I arrived I was helped immediately and I was instantly given my first lesson in meade they then asked me if I cared to try some and when I agreed the man pulled out five bottles and began serving it up. It was pretty nice. The gentleman who helped me was very helpful and seemed to be very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. It was also not intimidating for the beginning brewer. He was happy to answer all my questions.
03-08-2008 23:28:29 | More by Blueye80
Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply in Chicago, IL
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