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BA SCORE
86
very good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 23.31%
$$ - reasonable


[ Homebrew Store ]

6201 Leesburg Pike #3
Falls Church, Virginia, 22044
United States
phone: (703) 241-3874

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(Place added by: gbarron on 02-21-2006)
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caseymcconnell

North Carolina

1.93/5  rDev -47.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$$

I had a very detailed and well thought out review which took me an hour to compose, but it was magically erased somehow thanks to my large sausage fingers.
Long story short...
Place is way too small and hard to find, but the real story is that they are VERY rude And mis quoted prices and act as if they are doing you a favor selling you stuff.
I hated my experience here and was treated very poorly even after spending over $200.
I would rather order everything from somewhere else even if I lived across the street from this place.
The most pretentious beer people I've ever met.
If your not good with people hire someone who is.
Will NEVER go back to this place.

10-07-2012 21:37:53 | More by caseymcconnell
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Wally_Dad


4.5/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

As a newbe to the homebrewing scene, this place is great. Small, but friendly and well stocked. I came in to upgrade my Coopers Lager that came with the DIY kit - just wanted some hops. Ryan was very helpful and provided a lot of good advice. Ended up taking home a partial kit for next time along with the hops I came in for. I will definately be back even though it's a bit of a drive for me.

Why is there a minimum of 500 characters for posting a review? Seems pretty sensless to me. But, I had to type even more so that this would be posted. I hope that this isn't deleted just because I'm not long-winded!

03-23-2012 21:38:49 | More by Wally_Dad
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My LHBS is one of the few local Homebrew stores around the DC area. It's somewhat tucked away in a small strip across the street from Dogfish Brew Pub in Falls Church. The help has been great for me. I'm just getting into the hobby, and everyone I've dealt with has been friendly and very helpful. They've had pretty much everything I've been looking for, and have answered every noob question I've asked them without any kind of vibe. They've even helped me carry stuff out to my car when I would have made two trips to get everything. Prices have been VERY competitive from what I've seen. I will continue to give My LHBS my business- what a great resource for the DC area!

02-10-2012 21:37:45 | More by jayhawk73
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TheFunGuy

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $

Somewhat hard to find until you use Dogfish and the Sears as landmarks. Parking is iffy nearby, but okay father away.

Very cramped inside. Decent selection. Good prices. There simply is not room for a great selection. There simply is no room for brewing equipment like you would see in most stores. All the important ingredients are there, with the exception of enough liquid malt selection.

Some posters stated the owner and salesman can be douchey. I saw no sign of this, the owner was polite and helpful.

The prices are perhaps the biggest draw.

01-15-2012 17:01:51 | More by TheFunGuy
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Stopped in the other day as I couldn't find my racking cane after a big move. I was getting ready to bottle so I'm glad this place was available to me.

Yes it is a small place but it seems they have about everything you would need. The customer service was fine on my visit and I didn't pick up on any attitude or anything of the sort. Seemed knowledgeable and more than willing to help answer any questions I had.

I only bought an auto siphon, bottling wand, and some tubing and the prices were fair, I think about $16 for all three. My only complaint is the tubing I bought was the wrong gauge for the wand and siphon. I'm not sure if there were different sizes all sitting next to each other or what but I wish it was better marked. Oh well it was my fault for not checking.

09-16-2011 13:34:58 | More by Eriktheipaman
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djconnor

Virginia

1.99/5  rDev -46.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$$

I've got two choices for LHBS--this place or absent-minded-hole-in-the-wall shop in Clifton VA. Regarding My LHBS, I'm not sure if the owner is apprenticing his younger employee in being an ass, but it's contagious. Employees, particularly the owner, are routinely rude and give you shit for trying to shop and buy something within an hour of closing time.

The latest episode occurred today after I filled my hand basket with ingredients for an Aventinus clone. Two of the grain bags I grabbed were 10# pre-packaged unmilled sacks. When I got to the register, with the sign stating "$0.15/# TO MILL GRAINS" in the background, the apprentice told me they won't mill the bags. And that most people buy their own mills. Gee, thanks for the advice. (My experience is very similar to what Jaguar10301 experienced (see his review of My LHBS) trying to get pre-bagged grains milled.)

This place is in the weeds when more than 3 people are in the shop. They act like pricks and expect the customer thank them for merely existing. Good luck, gang. I have no problem buying from good shops online.

09-10-2011 21:01:43 | More by djconnor
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raveskdr

Virginia

2.66/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$

I've stopped in about 4 or 5 times now.

I have only been to 2 home brew shops in my time. I primarily order my stuff online. And from my experience here, that won't change.

I bought my primary supplies there when I first started brewing. They insisted I get 1 fermenter with a spigot and 1 without, even though I wanted two with. Every time I have to transfer from my secondary to a bucket with a spigot, I can feel my teeth grind a bit.

Another time I went in to get the ingredients for a recipe I got out of Sam from DFH's book. So I knew exactly what I wanted. One of the guys tried to dissuade me, and purchase something different. This was only my 4th batch, so I was kind of a noob, but I was getting the recipe directly from Sam. After I told him this, he kinda backed off and sold me what I wanted.

The last time I was there, I was brewing cider and a beer. I had gotten the grain from Midwest, but needed to repitch yeast. And since I needed the cider yeast...So I went, and when I just got 2 yeasts and some caps, the guy that checked me out made a really rude comment about how I must have bought all the grain for my beer online. Of course, I *COULD* have just needed to repitch my beer that I made from their grain. He couldn't have known.

The store is real small and the kits are overpriced. It's too bad Annapolis is a much longer drive.

03-23-2011 20:19:36 | More by raveskdr
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$

I've been to this shop twice since moving to the Falls Church/Arlington area. It's really the only one in the area, so the stock turnover is pretty quick, which means the materials are usually pretty fresh.

It's a small shop, but pretty much packed from wall to wall with brewing equipment, which doesn't leave a whole lot of room to move. Both times I have gone for supplies the owner has been helpful: offering advice on recipes and making sure that you know how to store materials.

As I mentioned, the shop is small, which means that even though it's packed with materials, the selection is not huge, but they have equipment, loose ingredients and ingredient kits.

If you want to start brewing, or if you're a seasoned brewer, it's a good place to go if you live in the Falls Church area.

12-21-2010 23:54:45 | More by DaveBlack
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Jaguar10301

Virginia

2.1/5  rDev -43.1%
quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$

I started homebrewing by someone who went to the annapolis homebrew shop, so I've been brewing close to a year am all grain now and am used to excellent service.

I had stopped at mylhbs once before because i needed a hydrometer and to check it out, they are only 20 minutes from my house versus the 45 minutes to annapolis home brew.

On my first visit I wasn't impressed with helpfulness of the guy working behind the counter and the store was very small. So I basically figured I could use it if I needed something in a pinch but I would keep my primary store which was further.

This weekend I had my first pinch. I needed wheat malt, wyeast 3068 and some other assorted brewing products and we didn't want to drive all the way to the other shop. So I thought I would give it a shot.

They had just opened and at first offered help. I then found out they only sold pre-bagged grain, they also told me that they could not mill the 8lbs 10 oz of wheat malt I needed, but then said they would do it this one time only, but kept bringing it up as I got the other things I needed and were VERY rude about it. Look if you can't do it, thats fine, you should put something on your website about not milling the day of, but just don't do it. Don't tell me you'll do me this favor and then continue to be complete jerks about it.

They told me to leave for 15 to 30 minutes and come back for it, I did when I got home I noticed they didn't mill the whole 10 lbs of the bag (had to buy 10) When I got to brewing I realized they only milled 8lbs and I had to hand roll with a rolling pin the other 10 oz I needed.

Also the yeast was much older than the yeast I usually get at my primary shop. it was dated in sept, its now nov.

So in short, can't buy any amount of grain you want, won't crush it for you without advanced notice, and were very rude.

11-07-2010 12:14:08 | More by Jaguar10301
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MisterVT

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

This is a pretty good store seeing as it's one of the few in NOVA. I've been here about 10 times and usually get what I need. Prices are reasonable with good quality products. Derek, the owner, is very helpful and knowledgeable. Occasionally he's out of a specific yeast but helpful in finding a suitable replacement. For such a tiny store there's quite a bit of selection. He's got a good selection of kegging and all-grain hardware. Although I prefer the convenience of ordering online, I will trek all the way to his shop through one of the slowest, most annoying intersections in NOVA to get what I need for a last minute brew. I also think it's important to support the local homebrew industry, what little is left, so I make a trip every once in a while just because.

10-24-2010 22:18:13 | More by MisterVT
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My LHBS in Falls Church, VA
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