HomeBrew Of Columbus
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the only homebrew supply in Columbus. Its in a rickety little hole in the wall. It must have devotees to stay in business because it doesn't advertise. You can find it on google only because of google maps. It has no website, etc.
The old man that runs the place is very eccentric and very wise and helpful. The customer service, while long winded, is a definite selling point for this place. I wouldn't have minded hanging out with the guy all day talking about beer. He hates all commerical beer. I asked about clones, and he told me his philosophy is...why would you want to clone something you can buy? And why would you want to clone something when you can make your own so much better? I'm a newbie at this, and he is definitely a guru that can get any begginner started.
The selection of the yeast was very limited, but everything he had was high quality and fresh.
The old beer sage explained brewing your own beer like this: Its like homemade bread and wonder bread. You know that homemade bread taste better. Wonder Bread might be very complext to make, but why would you want to make it when you can make homemade bread?
11-06-2010 23:44:46 | More by JayS2629
3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Store is open Wednesday - Saturday 11-6 I believe. The owner is a nice guy who is more than willing to help you out. Grain selection is pretty standard (2-row, wheat, munich, vienna, roast, black patent, chocolate). Didn't check out hop selection. They only carry dry yeast, so expect fermentis dry yeast packets and thats about it, no white labs or wyeast. They had fermenting buckets, glass carboys, bottle caps, adjunct ingrediants (oats, rice, maize etc.) and some wine brewing stuff which I wasn't interested in. Overall I got some grains and some yeast, was a bit pricey but reasonable since this was the closest store to auburn within a 130 mile radius. If you need to pickup a few essentials, this is your place. If you need bulk or specialty items, I suggest going to ATL.
01-29-2010 04:01:08 | More by cpmau11
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Whether you are just starting out, or are an experienced brewer, you will find what you need here. If you don't, they can get it for you.
Joe, the owner is very knowledgeable and very friendly. You can call him at any time, when he's open, and he will give great advice and even walk you through processes.
He sells all the equipment needed, as well as a large selection of brew kits. It's definitely worth just walking through and seeing what's there. Try striking up a conversation with Joe, he's very passionate about his beer and will help him with anything you need.
My wife and I started brewing just over 2 years ago, and are very happy that we have someone with Joe's originality and insight in our town. We started with the pre-made kits and then moved up to the boil kits. After visiting Italy, we'd like to start on wine now. Guess what? Joe sells everything you need for that as well.
Great little store!
06-12-2009 15:18:28 | More by Joe79
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
What an interesting store. If you are just starting out, this isn't a bad place to go, however they are a bit pricey on certain things. They don't have the best yeast selection, and bulk grain requires pre-order. The man that runs the store is quite odd to say the least. He is extremely nice and helpful, but he doesn't have the current knowledge to help someone brew award winning beer. He will get you started easily though. I don't know how this store stays in business, and I wish I could support the store more, but it is nearly an hour away.
I still order my advanced equipment on-line (temp controllers, etc), however if I'm in a pinch, it is nice to go to the store and get the ingredients/equipment you need.
06-08-2008 23:34:57 | More by zymurgy4all
4/5 rDev -1.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3
This rickety little shop is where I bought all my supplies and ingredients when I started brewing.
Quality - All of the equipment I bought in the beginning homebrewing kit works out just fine. As far as ingredients go, the hops are stored well and always fresh. Everything in the prepackaged kits is fresh. You don't have to buy a new package of yeast because the one in the kit has been there for a year, or anything of the sort.
Service - The sole proprietor of this hole-in-the-wall homebrew shop is a wise old sage of brewing. He only keeps the place open Wed. through Sat, but while he's there you can expect exceptional product knowledge and service. This man holds all commercial beer in utter contempt and dismisses it all (Stone, Rogue, Budweiser, Heineken, you name it) as "commercial swill."
Selection - This place sells mostly prepackaged extract kits. There's an average selection of hop varieties and grains. Homebrewing isn't exactly huge in East-Central Alabama and West-Central GA, so I can't blame the owner for not carrying a whole lot.
Overall, a good place to get started and pick up basic brewing necessities. Expert advice and service.
12-07-2004 00:38:07 | More by moocey
HomeBrew Of Columbus in Columbus, GA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.