Lebanon Health Food Store
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by eLMsITYbUM:
2.5/5 rDev -32.1%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $
Lebanon Health food is the ONLY place in the area as previously stated. They are good in a pinch, when you need the basics. They offer most of the equipment that you will need to brew, including ale pales, carboys, brushes, sanitation suplies, airlocks, water additives, et cetera and on occasion wort chillers as well as bottling supplies and oak barrels. They do not have kegs or any kegging equipment, burners and at times they have "run out" of the above mentioned regular brew gear.
The selection is decent. They have several easy malt extract kits available. They also stock a good variety of grains which are sold by the pound, they have a grain mill to crack it up for you as well. Malt extract syrup is also available in a decent variety. They sell a few hop selections, in whole leaf, plugs and pellets which are only sold in limited amounts due to the hop shortage. A plethora of yeast is available, to fit most anything you can brew up. They are happy to special order anything you need as well. The Lebanon Health Food store purchases in bulk and generally pass that savings onto the consumer.
The staff doesn't really know much about homebrewing at all. They have a person who works at the store like one or two days a week, that is in charge of that section. I have never seen or spoken with him, so I wouldn't ask any questions. The staff however are nice enough when I cash out.
Overall: In a pinch or if you only need basics, then this is a good stop. If you're in search of answers or knowledge, I'd drive to Winooski or N. Hampton for a tie in trip to those locations.
01-13-2009 01:05:54 | More by eLMsITYbUM
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4.51/5 rDev +22.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have only recently started shopping here but I enjoy the selection here. They tend to have most common grains in stock (though I would like to see Victory added). The liquid yeast selection is a bit weak but it's hard to blame them, there seems to be a low turnover. Nice selection of dry yeasts, though, which I tend to go with for convenience and price.
The hops selection has be slowly expanding with a good selection of the common European and American hops. Recently they have had a good amount of centennial, citra, simcoe and amarillo in stock which is also nice. They have had 2oz limits / customer on centennial and citra due to high demand and limited availability. I appreciate that; spreading the wealth is always nice.
The prices tend to be really reasonable. Hops are a bit expensive but they are about on par with what you would pay buying online in 1oz increments. With shipping, it might be cheaper here than online for a lot of varieties. It would be cool to see some of the more heavily used hops in 8 oz or 1 lb packages to save some cash. I would like to be able to buy things like cascade or fuggles in bulk.
I haven't had the chance to talk too much to the beer guy about brewing much but I have heard he knows his stuff.
They also have a nice selection of craft bottles and cans. They are pricy, but you can find some neat harder to find stuff here.
02-16-2013 19:29:42 | More by mountsnow1010
4/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
LHFS has an awesome selection of pellet hops and specialty malts. White labs yeast is hit or miss depending on how recently they've received a shipment.
I'm glad they have switched to vacuum sealed 1oz packages of hops. (A previous reviewer mentioned the old bulk bottles, but those have since gone away.)
Their stock of equipment and supplies seems to be increasing slowly but steadily. It's good to see new things arriving over time; even when it's small stuff it's encouraging to see progress in a positive direction, signs of more to come (so I hope).
For my own needs, I do only all-grain so it would be great if they would stock full sacks of grain (ex. the basic 50/55lbs of 2-row pale malt). And keg supplies. I currently have to get these things elsewhere and that means taking a trip outside of the area.
Prices are very reasonable. The guy to talk to is Radley (Rad), he's quite knowledgeable and helpful.
01-20-2011 17:55:57 | More by BeerNinja007
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Hops and grains are priced quite well, but the selection liquid yeast cultures is lacking. The major gripe I have is that I brew all-grain and the grain mill is set up so inconveniently that grinding six and a half pounds of grain was a two person effort and caused a few minor injuries. The selection of equipment is impressive for such a small store. There are helpful doohickies available there which I've been unable to find at the exceptional and vastly larger Vermont Homebrew Supply.
The best thing about this shop, however has to be Rad. He is knowledgeable and quite personable. I really appreciate being remembered and treated as respectfully as I am when dealing with him. With a few minor tweaks this place could be an exceptional LHBS. Currently it has a pretty good selection with better than average service.
11-20-2010 22:37:15 | More by manwithatail
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Last beer stop yesterday on our way back home from NH. Stopped here not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.
The beer section is pretty much only 2 racks but what they had was pretty good. There were 7 different beers from both Manchester & White Birch as well as a few 4-packs of Unibroue, some Sam Adams, Harpoon, McNeill's, Smuttynose, Allagash and Wolavers to name a few. Though the selection was not extensive, they seemed to have only good stuff. All killer no filler as they say. Service was nice but seemed uninformed though i usually prefer to shop without intrusions.
Definitely worth the 2 minute detour if nothing than for some White Birch.
08-03-2010 19:51:55 | More by papat444
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
After living in Salt Lake City for 2 years and buying homebrew supplies there, I was pleased to find that the prices at Lebanon Health Foods to be much better. As others have stated, this is a health food store with a homebrew section. They have a reasonable selection of grains--everything you would need for all of the basic styles. If you are looking for an obscure adjunct they might not have it. I needed Sinemar extract or carafa special II and I'll have to order it. They have a ton of chemicals for water and all of the most popular hops at great prices. The prices here are great, in my opinion.
The staff there is are a few people who tend to the registers/stock shelves and one guy who used to work in a brewery in the UK. He is knowledgeable and can help you out if you need it. There are plenty of extract and PM kits there and several starter kits. I have brewed 9 all grain batches in two months and they have had all the ingredients I have needed.
The only downside is that there isn't knowledgeable staff working the homebrew section all the time. When the 2-Row bucket gets emptied when the head guy isn't working, it doesn't get filled until he comes back. With that said, I haven't been there when they have been out of anything I have needed. They also have a very good selection of regional microbrews and hold tastings every now and again.
01-04-2010 19:19:34 | More by BigJay
4/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I finally had to review this store, since it is not only a staple of the upper valley now but also because Rad, their beer buyer and homebrew savant, is a good dude.
I'd been coming to this store for a few years for homebrew supplies. Our homebrew club had meetings here for a good long while too. Management changed and things went south for a little while but now Rad's there making the beer-minded stuff in the store click.
Ok, so the homebrew supply selection is pretty darn good. the best within a 1.5 hour drive, that's for sure. whole wall of specialty malts, multiple fridges full of hops and yeast, any actual gear you could want, and a brand new nice barley crusher. Stock is generally pretty full and if you want some random lacto wyeast pack or one pound of hugh baird or whatever, Rad will order it for you.
Recently, the store starting selling beer as well. The selection is not as big as other stores nearby like the coop or Bev King, but the quality of the selection stands out, as well as the knowledge of the product. Smutty big beers (about 3 or 4 right now), Otter Creek Imperial series, Manchester brewing, Wolaver's, and others line a few shelves.
Anyways, ask for Rad if you're there. He's the beer guy. The rest of the employees are extremely friendly, but generally local young folk who tend to the whole store and registers and don't specifically know much about beer.
12-21-2009 15:30:14 | More by Pamola
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is the place in the UV to go for homebrew supplies and they have a rapidly-expanding selection of this category. Their beers have in the past been mostly organic, though now they're getting in a bigger selection of local craft brews and some big names (even with little review cards under them if you don't recognize them! But no big new-to-NH epiphanies yet) along with great local fruit wines, cider and lately sake.
The rest of the store is your basic health food store with a lot of supplements, natural foods and household products, and a cafe with deliciously healthy menu options. Too bad they don't sell a cold brew with lunch!
12-06-2009 22:56:50 | More by abuliarose
Lebanon Health Food Store in Lebanon, NH
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.