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Ratings: 2
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 21.74%
[ Homebrew Store ]

8320 W. State Road 84
Davie, Florida, 33324
United States
phone: (954) 577-8711

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2005)
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Reviews by Drew966:
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2.7/5  rDev -21.7%

I stopped in at Brewmasters to try to get some homebrew supplies. They do in fact adverstise that they sell them, and in fact it would appear that some are available. The selection of homebrew supplies on display was not very impressive. Unfortunately, the people who worked at this store completely ignored me. Admittedly, I was there on a Saturday afternoon, which is probably their busiest time, there were at least a few people in the store when I was there (but I wouldn't exactly call it crowded). I stood around for at least ten minutes looking at what little they had, and I was looking directly at the one person who was clearly working there, who was chatting about beer with another customer, but clearly was not "busy" and should have at least acknowledged my presence, and really should have asked if I needed any help, since clearly I did as I stared right at her for a significant period of time. I left without even asking for help because it was clear to me that they didn't care if I was there, or if I wanted to buy anything. I grabbed one of their flyers on the way out, it appears that homebrew supplies are an afterthought. Brew your own on premises seems to be their main business, but the list of beers you can brew there, although fairly extensive, seemed to have an awful lot of macro lager clones, which were priced at significantly more than it would cost you to just go buy your macro lager of choice. It's an interesting concept, but frankly, the service sucked big time. I notice that in the pamphlet that you have to buy bottles from them in addition to the beer, adding another $75 or so on top of the cost of the beer, although they say you can reuse them if you keep them clean. I get the impression using your own bottles is not an option from the pamphlet (but who the hell knows, since they completely ignored me). If you're looking for homebrew equipment, the pickings are slim in Florida, but frankly, you are better off buying off of the internet than from these guys.

Drew966, Jul 02, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +21.7%

As noted in earlier reviews, Brewmasters is a brew-on-premises. It's a neat concept and nothing I had ever seen before, it definitely gives you a feel for what homebrewing is about - without any real initial investment. I was introduced to it by the friend of a friend network. It's in a little stripmall up in Davie and it doesn't look like much but it's really pretty impressive. You call and schedule a brewing appointment, then show up and talk to Gerry for awhile. He's the owner and said he'd been homebrewing for 34 years and in the business of brew-on-premises for about a dozen. They've got a whole book of recipes, probably almost 200, certainly many more than appear in the pamphlet they provide - so you may have to ask if there's something specific you'd like to clone. I think they list the macro clones because that's what people recognize easily, but when I was there I saw batches of at least 6 variations of IPA's, there were begian dubbels, tripels and wits, a chocolate oatmeal stout, a russian imperial stout, a few ESB's - in all I'd guess there were 40+ batches in the fermentation process. We made a Fat Tire clone and there were 4 other batches going while we were there, only one was a macro clone. The place seems to get hopping, especially for a Thursday night. You grind your grains, after measuring and grinding, weigh out your hop pellets and commence to brewing in one of the big copper pots. Everyone was super friendly, the folks next to us were first timers as well and we struck up a conversation with some firemen who were bottling a batch that evening. And there are samples of house brews available, to help you decide and wait during the brewing.

It was a neat experience, very relaxed and friendly, sometimes it was tough to stay focused. I'd say something like this is a must if you are contemplating homebrewing - just to get a feel for the steps and potential pitfalls. I've sampled several beer styles brewed there and they were tasty. I'll try some more when we go back to bottle. You can use your own bottles, but they have to be 22 oz bottles (old Rogue ones work well) and Brewmasters even has a sanitizer you can use. I think it's a small fee, if you are using bottles from home (like $1 per 3 dozen bottles). So you are only out the cost of the bottles the first time or you can work on saving them first. 72 is an awful lot to keep around.
Overall, I'd say it was a solid experience and I'd do it again. I might try to find a less crowded time to get more the Gerry focus though, just to make sure we stay on track, but it shows you what brewing is all about.

cashew70, Nov 09, 2007
Brewmasters in Davie, FL
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.