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The Brewer's Apprentice

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 13.52%
$$ - reasonable


[ Homebrew Store ]

865 Route 33 Ste 4
Freehold, New Jersey, 07728-8475
United States
phone: (732) 863-9411

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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by engisch:
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engisch

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I've been in this place several times now. I have not done the BOP, but I have done many of their 5 gallon recipes at home.

Walking in, it is a relatively clean atmosphere with people doing the BOP. It has the wonderful brewing area smell. ;) Now, I'm actually impressed by how clean it is inside considering it is basically a garage. Needless to say, being sanitary is important to brewing, and they seem to keep up with that. Chatting with some of the brewers, I found that many are repeat happy customers.

On my side of the fence (homebrewing @ home), they had all of the initial supplies in a convenient box, and I've been back to pick up additional supplies to make brewing easier (syphon and thief) as well as additional ingredients/recipes.

I found all of the staff helpful, with some being more knowledgeable that others. I usually come in and chat about decisions and I have not been pointed wrong.

Recipes that I have gotten from them were: South Street Honey Porter, (an ESB), Czech Session Pilzner, (a Brown Ale), and Logan's Scotch Ale. Next up will likely be a Chocolate Stout.

07-16-2008 20:11:55 | More by engisch
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ryan79

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $

I have been to their new location many times to pick up supplies. They alway have what I am looking for. The staff is very helpful when they arn't busy. Its seems that if they are busy they cater to the people brewing, but i usually just go up to one of them and tell them what I need and they get it right away. Their Hops seem fresh but wish they sold whole hops too. They have a pretty good solection of White Labs Yeast, their prices on all their products are right their with all the bigger web stores. In all I think they have a pretty good business with good workers.

03-24-2013 14:29:40 | More by ryan79
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OddNotion

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

LHBS for me.

Atmosphere: They moved to a new place which is a huge upgrade. While it is still a warehouse, it is very nice inside and very spacious.

Quality: Most things that I can get online are here, no knock off's, everything that I have purchased seems to be of high quality.

Service: Sorry, but this is the place where they faulter. I will disclaim though that once you initiate contact, they are helpful, but if you dont do it first, you better know exactly what you want. I dont think anyone has ever asked me if I need any help with anything. They seem more interested in the people who Brew on Premesis, but for me, the homebrewer, they could not care less. The woman that owns the place is GREAT and she completely cares about the customers, I do not group her in with the rest of the staff.

Selection: I wind up going there 2 to 3 times a brew day (including the days leading up to it) to get some odds and ends. They have most equipment that I would need, I have found multiple things there that broke on brew day, so in that respect, they have been a life saver. Good selection of ingredients, but other than DME and hops, I have not purchased from them. I wish I knew the quality of the grain crush as I would be interested in buying from them, but not interested in switching from where I currently order.

05-05-2011 20:20:37 | More by OddNotion
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mars1110

New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The Brewer's Apprentice is a great local brew shop with a friendly atmosphere and staff. They always have everything I'm looking for when I stop in for supplies and are willing to give knowledgeable advice whenever you need it.

They have a recipe for just about any beer you would like to brew and l have had nothing but great results from every recipe I've tried.

Their supplies are reasonably prices and always seem to be fresh, probably due to the large turn over from brewing on premise.

Although I have never brewed their everyone brewing always seems to be having a fantastic time. It also smells wonderful in the shop with all the brewing going on. I would recommend it to any one looking to get into brewing but afraid to commit to spending money on equipment without giving it a try first.

Now that they have moved to their new location they have more room and a growing selection of supplies (all-grain, kegging, ect.). They are even carrying hops rhizomes this year (pre-order only).

Overall great local NJ brew shop with a nice ambiance, friendly/knowledgeable staff and reasonably priced supplies. Anyone in the area should stop by and check them out.

03-10-2011 22:08:54 | More by mars1110
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Went half on a "Brew on the Premises" with my friend. The end resault was of pretty good quality and I was pleased. The service was very friendly and helpful but the employees did not step on any toes and get annoying. They were always willing to help and answer questions and offered free beer to my friend and I while we were milling the barley. They have a wide range of beer styles to choose from and a simple format with easy directions on how to go about brewing it. Considering the amount of beer I got out of the deal and the price paid, it was slightly cheaper than buying by the case and more fun too.

12-14-2010 05:52:58 | More by Sachsenfreude
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hansblitz

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Just got back from the new store, picked up ingredients for a barleywine. The place is huge and they had a lot more stuff than I remember. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and seemed really knowledgable. They had everything I was looking for, and the prices were pretty reasonable, actually cheaper than I expected. They seem to have a lot more kegging and all-grain equipment than they used to. Overall, I had a good experience, and will probably come back here instead of ordering online from somewhere else. I haven't used the brew-on-premis service, but people there seemed to be having a good time. Hope this helps others.

12-05-2010 20:06:53 | More by hansblitz
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jjchristiano

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -34.7%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$$$

I think if you are going to brew there on the premises it could be a nice experience but this is not really a homebrew shop. I think I caught them in the middle of a move from South Street to new route 33 location. No one new how to use the new computer and it took like an hour to get help. And it was going to cost $50 to put together 5 gallon batch of a knock-off of a Dogfish Head recipe. I know I can get the same stuff via internet for $30 including shipping. Heck for $50 I can just about buy two cases of the real stuff. I'll try again once their settled but there are places closer to me that I am in and out of in 5 minutes and at reasonable prices.

11-23-2010 12:02:17 | More by jjchristiano
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My wife made me an appointment here to do "brewing on premises" for my birthday. What a great concept: you brew with their equipment, select from their recipes, measure out from their stock of ingredients and they clean up after you! And if that wasn't enough, they bring you out two bombers of beers previously brewed from their catalog to drink! Then you go back two weeks later and bottle your beer in 22 ounce bottles they supply, with equipment that they clean and sanitize when you're done.

Go on their website and make an appointment and then go through their list of master recipes before you go, to determine what you want to brew. If you know a thing or two about the ingredients and brewing, don't be afraid to talk to them about tweaking the types or amount of hops, malt selections, or other additives. You can even request to do your brew "all grain", rather than using the extracts...but you'll spend more time at the grain mill making your grist.

The only thing you don't control is taking the hydrometer readings and pitching the yeast. They do both for you and they'll supply you the beginning and ending specific gravities and do the math to give you your ABV.

The staff knows beer. If they're not busy they'll discuss beer styles, breweries, brewing techniques, brew pubs, good liquor stores and anything beer-related until they need to run off to clean something or pitch another group's yeast, etc.

The place is spotless and the atmosphere is communal. The floor plan is open: it was/is a garage, so that was unavoidable. This allows for interaction with other people brewing next to you or filling bombers at the bottling station. Sharing tastes of your finished product with others or even bottle swapping is not uncommon. Make sure to leave one or two "for the house" so that they can serve them to thirsty brewers as they begin their batch.

05-01-2010 22:26:46 | More by Naugros
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magnj

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I've been here a few times now. It's been hit or miss in terms of service. There is one employee whom I dislike and seems to be disinterested in his work and the customers in the shop. Some other employees have been more helpful and willing to talk a bit. But no one asked me any questions or had anything much to day.

The selection on hardware seems minimal but you could walk out with all the necessities. Considering it is a BOP/HBS I guess it's not surprising that the selection is not stellar. I've not asked for anything besides 2-Row and Crystal malts as I primarily order online but they seem to have a decent selection. They had some dry yeast, not sure what they have in terms of Wyeast/Whitelabs.

I've not done the BOP but do know people who have done it and gone back for more so it must be good or at least convenient.

Personally I don't and won't go there much because it isn't local enough and they don't really like to talk but if your nearby or need to get something in a pinch it is an option.

Make sure you check the (really poor) website for hours or call ahead, they tend to open and close at odd times.

06-07-2009 04:09:38 | More by magnj
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I just came home from my first visit to the Brewer's Apprentice. For the last year I have given up home brewing because of our location and heating source. So for by birthday, my mom (with the help of my wife) bought me a $200 gift certificate for the place. Essentially, you can schedule an appointment to brew after viewing the on line catalog of beers and choosing a style. When you arrive, they have a 15 gallon batch of hot water heated to 165 ready for the specialty grains. You weigh out your grains, grind them, and place them into a hopper for steeping. 30 minutes later you remove grains add the extracts, bring to a boil and then make your hops addition. They transfer to a fermentor and allow you to sample the chilled wort and take an OG. They add the yeast, you select a bottling day and leave.
Positives: they clean everything, the process is streamlined and efficient, I observed the bottling that others were doing and it looked extremely well organized, they offer forced carbonation so you can drink that night
Negatives: You have no control over the ingredients or process, it is not all grain and you use hop pellets which I am certain will impact the quality of the beer, you do not get to watch the magic of fermentation happen.

02-01-2009 22:25:02 | More by BWH3
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The Brewer's Apprentice in Freehold, NJ
94 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.