Barleycorn's Craft Brew
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +16.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
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....
07-21-2004 22:04:38 | More by cpthogie
4.55/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Ive 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.
Barleycorns didnt have the best website, and Ill admit that Dan didnt sound all that friendly when I first called, but dont 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 cant say enough good things about this place, and I cant wait to come back and try an IPA.
10-14-2004 22:40:11 | More by carln26
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited this shop once. As a home brew ingredient supplier, I would rate this shop as awesome. I went in to ask for an ale kit, and the owner assembled it fresh in about five minutes, with brewing instructions. Malt extracts, whole grain, Irish moss, hops, and yeast, all well packaged and clearly labeled. The take-home kit supplies were fresh and delicious. Very mellow proprietor. The brew-on-premises smelled great, and is a really good value for the quality and quantity.
Visited the store again recently in the early evening for an ale kit. A group was bottling and labeling their completed brew, so I saw more of the equipment in use. Bustling, clean, well laid out, and the customers and staff were good-natured and having a good time.
A fun place providing a good brewing and supplies experience.
04-03-2009 12:11:13 | More by ellflle
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
05-31-2005 18:46:10 | More by OldSock
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have brewed at Barleycorns three times, making a Porter, an IPA and a clone of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale just a few weeks ago. Each Time the beer has come out extremely well and excellent tasting. The employees, especially Dan, are very knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating.
The only downside of Barleycorns is the bottling machines; they are very finicky and many times fail to fill up the bottle on the first attempt, greatly slowing down the process. I have not been to any other brew on premise places but I would definitely recommend this place and cannot wait to go back.
01-13-2010 01:17:21 | More by Mshep617
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just finished my first brew at this establishment. I would have to say that my overall experiance was very positive.
The staff know what they are doing and are generally on top of things.
I brewed a best bitter and am very happy with the result.The atmosphere was all about the beer.From the smell of the place to the down times in the process when you can relax and sample what others have brewed.
My only critisisms of the place are the tempromental bottle fillers and that I think the place is due for a good spring cleaning.
I will be back.
03-01-2009 14:24:28 | More by splunge52
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went in here for noob supplies over the weekend. I am reviewing this as a supply store rather than a BOP because that was the purpose of my visits.
The quality of ingredients seems to be very good - fresh pellet hops with a good selection of dry and liquid yeast. Malts are plentiful, with extract available fresh out of the tank.
Service was solid - a little slow one time because a boatload of BOP customers were there, but that's their bread and butter so I won't fault that. Quite knowledgeable.
Prices aren't bad for the area and it's a close drive so I would return for hop pellets and malts especially. Decent stop.
01-06-2009 17:52:38 | More by IBUnit63
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited Barleycorns while questing for home brew ingredients. The establishment is more of a BOP than a homebrew shop, but it certainly offers plenty of ingredients and recipes for an extract brewer. They even have a number of recipes from guest brewers like Todd Mott, Will Meyers and Dan Paquette.
The owner, Dan, seems knowledgeable and eager to help. It was a pleasure doing business.
I didn't see very much equipment for sale. There were some basic beginner kits, but it didn't seem like Barleycorns was the place to run to if you were working on building an all grain or keg system. The shop is optimized to support the BOP customers, and not to supply the home brewers.
01-25-2006 00:24:56 | More by AllThingsNinja
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