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BA SCORE
93
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10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 14.69%
[ Homebrew Store ]

1410 Market Street
Tallahassee, Florida, 32312
United States
phone: (800) 923-BREW

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2005)
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Photo of crazedmex
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jucifer1818
4.59/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: Clean, orderly, and well organized, HB den i a very inviting tore. their i a lot of interesting and cool equipment all round this spacious store, with brewing kits, heavy equipment, keg, carboys, accessories, and everything you could ever need for brewing all over the place.
I haven't been to too many Hombrew stores, but I've heard that this one is one of the best

Quality: the kits of beer they sell, tho I prefer to make my own recipes, are top notch. their malt is top notch. their equipment is in excellent condition.
I feel as If I have to give them another 5 just because I can think of no time their quality has been in question.
5/5

Service: now this one is quite good, but has some kinks. all the people here are Veterans of hombrewing, with most having a variable of 15-30 years of experience brewing up beer, and many of the staff work at brewing in the nearby Momo's brewery. However, they do not give perfect advice all the time, and can be a bit hard to talk too if your a complete newbie or only been brewing for a few months/years.
Still, they measure out your grain perfectly, and give good advice when you need it
4.5/5

selection: this one can be either very good, or very bad. they have more minor accessories that you can ever want, but their section of White Labs yeast leaves a lot to be desired

more than once the yeast I wanted to make my brew was not available to me

however, their selection is not BAD, and they have a good collection of malt and equip. Overall i give them a 4/5

food: none, but I highly recommend getting some food from nearby places while your in the area. Two of my favorites are momos brewpub (best pizza in town) and Lofty Pursuits (best ice cream in town).
might a well while your here to pick up brewing supplies!

Value: that's where this place really shines. they have the best price on grain apart from brewery level bulk orders, best price on yeast, and some damn good prices on all odds and ends. You CAN find better prices on kegging and cooling equipment, but that's about it
Odds are HB den has a lower price than the internet can offer

Overall I love this place. I think that if you looking to start brewing beer or (anything else really) I highly recommend it

Photo of Swim424
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Me and my buddy have recently gotten into brewing and this is the place we got all our equipment and ingredients for our beers. The employees are very knowledgeable and love home brewing. They are always very nice and helpful. everything seems to be at a pretty good price. They carry a huge selection of equipment and variety. They carry everything from bottling in simple 12oz bottles to bombers and growlers to equipment for kegging as well. They have preset beers for you to brew that they have put together themself (i think). I have tried two of them and they are both very good.

Photo of Avagadro
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A: Homebrew Den has a great open layout, with racks of goods scattered about the floor. Behind the counter lies the bulk grain station, where the employees will pull a grain bill for you, as well as crush the grain if you want them to.

Q: I've never received any bad merchandise or advice from the place.

S: The employees here are more than happy to show you where any given item is, to answer an given question, or to pull a bill for you. They are friendly and diligent.

S: So far they have had everything I have needed in my brewing endeavors. Not only is their ingredient menu populated, they also have a good selection of brewing gadgets; conical fermenters, wort chillers, stir plates and Erlenmeyer's.

V: The bulk grain is priced quite well, but beware; there is a different rate for pounds of grain, versus oz. Overall, this is a great place to shop, the owners and employees are involved in the local homebrew club, and they offer discounts to members. This is definitely THE place to get supplies and ingredients in the Tallahassee area.

Photo of jwitzleben
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%

This is where I got my home brewing start. My father bought his first kit here and passed it down to me so of course this is where I came for my home brew supplies. The staff is great and very helpful. I would come in with a beer style in mind and we would just bounce ideas back and forth until I had exactly what I was looking for. I have 75G under my belt thanks Homebrew Den and because of them I decided to move to Asheville -- the beer capital of the south east! From beginner to advanced home brewers this is the place to get your supplies in Tallahassee.

Photo of Radome
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%

Update in Feb 2010:
Homebrew Den has moved to a new location several miles North, just off I-10. Take the Highway 319 Exit (Thomasville Rd). The new location is 1410 Market St, Tallahassee. Still very helpful and well-stocked.

I stopped in here while driving across the state on I-10. I live in the Panhandle and have no local homebrew shop, so it was worth the detour off the Interstate to avoid paying shipping charges from an internet store, like I usually do.

This shop was easy to find and I was glad I did. The selection was great, and the ingredients seemed fresh and high quality. The owner was there with one assistant and they waited on my hand and foot without being pushy. They were very knowledgable and friendly. They weighed out and charged me for the grain and hops I needed for my recipes, rather than selling it by the pound or ounce, as I'm used to online.

Overall this was a great shopping experience, and I will give them my business again next time I drive through. I will probably give their online catalog a chance next time I need something, as well.

Photo of rasavage4
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

I'm not sure why this store received such mixed reviews. All of the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, they have excellent kits for all brewing levels, and they are always willing to order any equipment that you may need on the off chance it is not in the store. The store owners are also incredibly supportive of the local homebrew and beer culture, and are actively involved in the local homebrew club.

Having moved around and visited a few other LHBS, I really feel like Tallahassee area brewers are lucky to have such a resource.

Photo of goldenpeanut
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

We have been shopping with John and Sara for over 12 years now. The Homebrew Den has been through several locations but the business has always remained very solid.

John and Sara, the owners, are extremely supportive of the homebrew community in Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama. They are very knowledgeable and have helped many beginning brewers, including us 12 years ago, become not only advanced homebrewers but BJCP judges also.

John and Sara are very active in the Florida competition circuit and I have judged with both of them on many occasions. John proctored the BJCP test I took, making it much more convenient for promising judges in the northern florida/panhandle to become certified.

They operate their store with the same passion they have for the homebrew community. The store is very well stocked with grain, hops, yeast and equipment. The prices are always fair and the advice top notch.

We live 90 miles from Tallahassee, Fl. but the Homebrew Den is the closest brew store. We routinely send burgeoning brewers there for starter kits and supplies. After making the 1 and 1/2 hour drive there nobody has ever complained that it wasn't worth it.

Will take a photo on our next visit, shoulden't be too long.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

This is the only homebrew store I have gone to since I started brewing about 7 months ago. However, they have always had the yeast I wanted. They have always had the hops I wanted, and only a few times did they not have a certain grain I wanted. I have never had a problem with the freshness of ingriedients.

The three employees (I suppose the older couple own the store) are all very knowledgeable and nice. Everyone their is extremely helpful and I have never had any pre-hopped kit pushed on me. I have always had my questions answered and I even get the recipes I create tweeked. Today they gave me great advice on what equipment to buy to get started into all grain brewing.

I always enjoy my trips to this store.

Photo of gatorsuf1
2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

So I am a Tallahassee native, but go to school at UF. I first got interested in brewing over winter break, so I went here to get the basic equipment and first set of ingredients. The guy that helped me out was younger and nice, but he ended up giving me pre-hopped extract and no specialty grains for a brown ale. Needless to say it was not very good. He never even said anything about real hops or real grains.

This is probably a good store if you are a seasoned brewer, but for new brewers they do not give good advice. Recommending pre-hopped stuff, when using real stuff is not difficult at all, is just plain crazy. If the owner reads this: get rid of the pre-hopped stuff (or at least don't recommend it). In comparison, the shop here in Gainesville doesn't even carry that crap...another reason the Gators > Noles! ;)

Homebrew Den in Tallahassee, FL
93 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.