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Cool Stuff

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Reviews: 5
Visits: 5
Avg: 2.85
pDev: n/a
[ Homebrew Store ]

808 E Broadway
Columbia, Missouri, 65201-4856
United States
phone: (573) 875-7912
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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2005

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Reviews: 5 | Visits: 5
Reviews by Tone:
Photo of Tone
2.05/5  rDev -28.1%

A store full of African sculptures and more beads than I've ever seen. Owner buys global artwork and crafts to sell here. Everyone in the store had dreadlocks, home-made caps, and patched clothes. I believe it's a certain lifestyle store. Odd to find the beginning home-brewing supplies in the back corner. I was supplies. I asked a couple questions about the pricing and their selection. All I got back was a blank stare and then the clerk tried to get me to buy some arm bands. Lol, definitely not helpful in any way.

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Photo of given2flybrewing
2.34/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

When I first moved to Columbia, one of the first things I looked into was whether or not there was a home brewing supply store. I happened to come across Cool Stuff while checking out downtown and was initially surprised to see a small section of the store dedicated to home brewing (the rest of the store seemed to be trinkets). Upon further inspection though, prices were twice as much as anywhere that I have every lived. A lb of crystal malt should not be $3...please? The place has expanded over the last year, so I was hopeful that prices would become more reasonable...but to my dismay they are still the same. Maybe these prices are OK for someone just starting out in the hobby, but ordering online has become so easy and cheap (most places offer free shipping). I hope this price hike reduces, as a customer base is established, but right now it is too expensive for me. I'm willing to spend a few dollars extra, but not $5 for a pack of dry yeast or ounce of hops.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%

I have been to this place twice and the second time was definitely better than the first. The first time I went I did not even feel like reviewing this place because it was more of a dorm décor store and head shop than a home brew shop. There was nothing more than a few get started kits a little bit of sustainment supplies. Now, it is still a college dorm shop but they are really trying hard to get a variety of brewing supplies in. They also have a home brew discount club. They had a large variety of yeasts. The associate that helped me was new to brewing but you could tell he had the bug and was very eager to learn as well as inform about beer culture in Columbia and from the way he was talking they had a lot more to come. I can't wait for my next visit up there to see how it is progressing

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Photo of Mazda3
4.3/5  rDev +50.9%

Went in this place today to buy a home brew equipment kit. The kit was a bit pricey compared to internet prices, but I didn't want to wait and pay for shipping and the hassle of being around when the UPS person arrives.

The selection of beer making ingredients and ingredient kits was fairly good and the prices weren't too bad. When you buy a kit you get signed up for their club and get 10% off ingredients in future.

The best thing about this place was the customer service. We asked about the kits and the guy we spoke to was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and seems to have experience using the kits and making beer as well as wine. I know a previous reviewer had a less positive experience, but he could have been unlucky and got another worker rather than this guy. For this reason if you have questions ask to speak to the store owner or someone knowledgeable as I doubt the other employees are trained in the beer stuff.

From speaking with the guy it seems that their stock changes and they get deliveries periodically of equipment and ingredients, so if something is missing, it may be in the next shipment.

Overall I am very happy with my experience, and to be honest, the main thing to recommend this place is that it is the only store in town that sells home brew supplies. Plus you can pick up some beads and scented candles while you're there ;-)

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Photo of hwwty4
2.2/5  rDev -22.8%

This place has been added to the DB so I thought I would give it a quick review for people. Cool Stuff is an odds and ends store from across the world. Arnie, the guy who owns it, travels across the globe and buys stuff to sell at their store. They sell basically just the initial kits for homebrewing. They don't have anything more advanced then malt in a can and bottle caps. Unless you live in Columbia and are looking to get a startup kit locally, I wouldn't bother going here. My startup kit came from here.

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Cool Stuff in Columbia, MO
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