Barleycorn's Craft Brew

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92
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13 Reviews
Reviews: 13
Visits: 16
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
[ Homebrew Store ]

21 Summer St
Natick, Massachusetts, 01760-4511
United States
phone: (508) 651-8885

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Reviews: 13 | Visits: 16
Photo of OldSock
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Good homebrew shop it had all the ingredients I was looking for to make my first all grain recipe. Seemed like a good selection of grains, hop pellets (no whole) and yeast as well as large drums of liquid malt extract. In addition I was able to purchase exactly the amount of each ingredient I needed without having to get extra as you have to at some homebrew shops where everything is prepackaged. The only guy working when I went, probably the owner, helped me select a yeast strain and seemed pretty knowledgeable about home brewing in general. Prices seemed fair, but not outstanding and the place was big and pretty clean except for some random empty bottles of craft beer. Everything seemed fresh, but I cannot speak to actual ingredient quality until my EPA is finished. I plan on returning shortly to get ingredients for a barley wine.

Edit: Both beers turned out well, seems like the ingredients were fresh and of good quality. (940 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

I’ve been looking forward to brewing my own beer for several years. My 1st experience doing it at home with a friend, was a disaster. The idea of a BOP appealed to me, but I just never got around to it until recently.

Barleycorn’s didn’t have the best website, and I’ll admit that Dan didn’t sound all that friendly when I first called, but don’t let the 1st impressions cloud your view of this place. My experience was wonderful.

I selected to brew a Maibock, not something for the faint of heart (or for that matter rookie brewers). Dan greeted me warmly when I arrived, and got me started immediately weighing and milling my malt. He then introduced me to his brewing system, and I was amazed. He has a 6 kettle system that is heated entirely by steam, and as an engineer I was impressed by the efficiency and ease-of-use of the system.

The brewing process went off perfectly, and took 2 hours just as Dan promised. As others have previously noted, no cleanup was involved. Nice this time, but I may volunteer to help next. I came back in 3 weeks for the bottling, and this, just as with the brewing went well.

I was extremely pleased with the beer. Maibock is not an easy brew. The color, aroma and taste of the beer were more than I expected, and I really give Dan credit for the quality of the recipe, and the overall brewing process.

I can’t say enough good things about this place, and I can’t wait to come back and try an IPA. (1,461 characters)

Photo of cpthogie
5/5  rDev +18.8%

I first dropped into Barleycorn's with a company event to brew two batches before the holidays. I'd heard good things and long been thinking about going but never had for one reason or another. After brewing and bottling two batches (12gal) I was hooked. The beer came out just right and there was no cleanup. (wives appreciate that...)
Anyhoo... I told some buddies of mine about it and we decided to go into together and push the envelope and make a Trappiste. I figured if the BOP can get a belgian together then all else should be fine. We had to wait a few days while Dan at Barleycorn's prepped the yeast but it was worth the wait. Using the recipe he had, we brewed a batch that was very true to the style and an absolute gem of a homebrewed Trappiste.
A few weeks later I got an e-mail about a special event brewfest featuring Beligans and got it on it. We brewed 6 different Belgians (Saison, Tripel, Dubbel, Wit, Trappiste, and Brun) and they all came out pretty true to style, and I got 6 22oz of each for only 75 bucks.
I went back and brewed a Maibock (again an e-mail special) and have been enjoying that one for a while now (those 12 gallon batches tend to last more than the usual 5 gal homebrew.)
If you go, make sure if you live in the area to get on the mailing list because there are always special brewfests, guest brewers and style specials. And if you aren't happy with what styles Dan has the stock recipies, just let him know and he's more than happy to accomodate your tastes with enough notice.
All in all, since I've gone BOP, I haven't touched my home equipment and my wife hasn't complained about that "smell." You know the lovely scent of grain and hops, with just a hint of bleach.... (1,723 characters)

Barleycorn's Craft Brew in Natick, MA
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