Keystone Homebrew Supply
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ithacabaron:
4/5 rDev -9.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
The folks at Keystone's original location (which I've heard they're now referring to as "Keystone South"), are damn fine folks, and the fact that those same people are involved here should be enough to make the new joint ("Keystone North," I guess?) do gangbusters business-wise.
The new store is much smaller than the old one (or at least it seems that way), and you can tell it hasn't been broken in yet, in a matter of speaking.
They carry the same brands as the old store, with slightly less selection -- this is probably just a product of the smaller floorspace. That, or they're just easing in here, and should the location get rockin', they'll up the ante. By the way, I think Bethlehem is a great place to have a LHBS -- lots of college kids, a booming downtown, and right next to the BBW.
My major worry here is the fact that they're in an indoor shopping center. Everything's just a little too antiseptic -- I just couldn't see myself hanging out here and having a few beers, the way I've been known to do at Keystone South. And perhaps, that is its biggest weakness, the lack of character and identity that the other store has in spades. I hope, in time, this will follow, but like I said, with the whole shopping center element, it'll have a harder time than its predecessor.
For now, though, I'll stick to the crowded shelves and dusty grain room at the South location -- well, for the character, and the fact that they're much, much closer to me.
Still, as I said, it's the people here and the fantastic service that make people go back time and time again to the old store, and I'm sure the same will apply here. If you're in the area, make this your LHBS. You won't be sorry.
02-10-2005 21:13:43 | More by ithacabaron
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
As a novice brewer, these guys are a god send. Everyone is very eager to help you or to answer any question that you may have (No matter how stupid you make think it is). I love having this place so close to home and having people so willing to help me out.
04-08-2014 00:39:08 | More by TTripp725
4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had heard great things about this place from all types of people over the last few years. I recently start homebrewing with a friend and we needed to pick up out next batch of ingredients. We wanted to do something a little simple so I grabbed a Summer Ale clone. The lady there was very knowledgable and helpful. I had asked a few questions and she was able to answer them with second guessing. The store was clean looking the aisles were a little tight but then again I'm a pretty big guy so maybe it's just me. From what I could tell was that the selection was very good, lots of ingredients and equipment to choose from. Parking is an issue in that area unfortunately. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a spot close by other times its not so easy. I'm definitely glad I stopped in there though. I'll be sure to go back when I need more supplies.
08-12-2011 03:18:33 | More by Knapp85
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located on the busy streets of Bethlehem, PA right below Fegleys/Bethlehem Brewworks. Horrible parking situation on the weekend, try to get there during the week or you may park a fair distance away.
Great selection of grains, fresh hop pellets and whole cone, and liquid yeasts from Wyeast. They also have wine making supplies and some brewerania merchandise like t-shirts, glasswear and beer signs. The Staff is amazing in person and on the phone, I have called many times for advice, special orders and advance pick-up orders which is a big plus for a person with a busy schedule. Call ahead if you want something really special because the selection isn't over the top amazing, but I am sure they can order almost anything you want.
04-28-2011 15:38:42 | More by claspada
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Down stairs in the commons, across the hall from the steel garden, this place is a hole in the wall that screams class and affordability all at once. On staff is always a knowledgeable and approachable person willing to impart any advice or direction you may need. I wouldnt have learned half of what I know without the constant advice from these guys. They even provide business cards for off hour consultations. they offer a wide variety of non-brewing items as well, including mushroom growing kits, olive plants, swag and glasswear. A truly impressive hub for all of your brewing needs, from all grain to winemaking. Its a little bit cluttered but that just adds to the shtick. Pricing is great and service is equally app laudable.
05-06-2010 17:53:26 | More by BricksandPorter
4/5 rDev -9.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in the same building as Bethlehem Brew Works. Check 'em out if you've got some time to spare while waiting for your table. Well, you will find just about everything from complete extract kits to yeasts, pellet hops, a large variety of malt, literature, various bottles as well as caps and capping tools, assorted brewerania such as neons, mirrors, signs, coasters, glassware, etc. Service is great; friendly, courteous, very helpful, and full of recommendations. I was asked numerous times if I needed help. prices were reasonable. You can leave here with the makings for a nice batch of brew on the cheap. By all means, stop by if you are in the area.
04-17-2009 05:49:51 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It's always great to have your homebrew shop within walking distance from your house and work, but its great when you get one of this caliber.
From the first time I walked into this store 4 years ago until today I am always greated by a friendly face. Am always helped find what I need when I can't manage on my own.
If they don't have what I need they are always willing to order it normally stocking it within the week.
I have never found anything I've purchased to be old or stale (without it being clearly labled as out of date).
Always full of good advice and normally a beer behind the counter to have while you shop.
If you homebrew in the Lehigh Valley, this is your shop!
01-07-2009 19:58:34 | More by organicbrewer
4.85/5 rDev +10.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My friends and I started homebrewing early this year and lucked out since Keystone is a couple blocks away from us. Top notch service from everyone in the place. These guys really know the in's and out's of beer and brewing, and can advise you as little or as much as you need.
They also have plenty of equipment for any level of homebrewer and beer collectables too. Selection is always good and I can only remember one time they didn't have something we needed. Their prices are reasonable and my friends and I highly recommend it to homebrewers at any experience level.
09-09-2008 16:11:25 | More by ShaneThePain
Keystone Homebrew Supply in Bethlehem, PA
95 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.