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Modern Homebrew Emporium

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Modern Homebrew EmporiumModern Homebrew Emporium
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34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.79%
[ Homebrew Store ]

2304 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02140-1812
United States
phone: (617) 498-0400

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Formerly The Modern Brewer.

(Place added by: Todd)
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Reviews by lawrence76:
Photo of lawrence76


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

The other reviews are pretty accurate here....the place can seem "hit-or-miss," but I wanted to add one thing:

If you can time your visits to when they get their shipments in(usually every other Thursday), you will be much, much happier.

Admittedly the place can seem pretty empty, especially just before a shipment comes in, but they seem to move a good volume of merchandise and when that shipment comes in you can find pretty much ANYTHING you want (at least for 4 or 5 days, anyway!). And oh yea, the hops are sketchy, I usually order hops online but if I need something quick you can sometimes open up one of those drawers and find a new, unopened bag of something much more fresh.

07-21-2005 18:01:41 | More by lawrence76
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Photo of Ant4711

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-08-2014 15:21:46 | More by Ant4711
Photo of SveNss0N


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-27-2014 20:15:33 | More by SveNss0N
Photo of tegelaar


5/5  rDev +31.6%

01-29-2014 06:17:48 | More by tegelaar
Photo of Jason


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-01-2014 17:02:23 | More by Jason
Photo of stoppertb18


4.71/5  rDev +23.9%

I received a kit from them as a gift and now have returned for batch #2.
They are just really helpful and want you to succeed. No question is too stupid and they have tried it all themselves so they are very knowledgable.
They swapped out the yeast in the Brewers Best Russian Imperial stout kit I bought without being asked because they thought I'd get a better result.
They don't look down their noses at kit people vs. hard core brewers.
Selection seemed good and had lots of stock. If you don't see something, you should ask as it is a small store from, but there is clearly more in the basement.

09-03-2012 15:53:02 | More by stoppertb18
Photo of kyle42780


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

The best thing about this shop is the people. My friend and I are new brewers and have just finished batch #4. I can't say enough about the helpful advice and guidance that we have received from the employees. They have all of the necessary ingredients and equipment for our needs. If they don't have the exact ingredient, they are quick with an appropriate substitute. They have the knowledge and advice to help you build as elaborate or as simple of a system that you desire. Prices are reasonable too!

Great shop.

01-21-2012 21:49:26 | More by kyle42780
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%

This is the only homebrew shop that I have been to in my short time brewing but generally they have been very helpful and accommodating. They have a binder full of house recipes that have helped me and my friend get started and whenever I've called with questions they've been helpful in answering them. It seems that they have a good amount of stuff but for example today I wanted to get an oz of whole-flower chinook hops but they didn't have whole-flower or the pellets; however, they had another binder all about hops that gave me a list of appropriate substitutes so I was able to get whole-flower Zeus (Columbus). If you're in the Greater Boston area this is the place to go for your homebrewing needs.

01-12-2012 02:31:39 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of kdp2011


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

I had the chance to visit this place a couple of weeks ago. They have a very wide selection of homebrewing supplies and ingredients. One thing I thought was really convienent about this place is that you can give them a list of ingredients and they can get it ready for you to pick up. From what I saw fresh ingredients, a wide selection of malts and hops, and plenty of cleansing supplies. Everyone there was very knowelegeable and helpful. Good place to stop and get some ideas and stock for brewing.

10-16-2011 17:17:48 | More by kdp2011
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.8/5  rDev +26.3%

I go here so often I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet.

The atmosphere is that of hanging out at a freind's house. That's because the staff is often hanging out waiting to help people. Very casual which I like. I've never had a question that they couldn't answer. In addition to answer my finer brewing questions I also often see staff guiding a first time brewer through selecting a beginner beer kit.

The shop is small and it gets crowded on weekends. Saturdays and Sundays it's tough to find an unoccupied bucket to gather grains, an unoccupied scale to weigh them and then wait for the grain mill. It's probably not as bad for people who aren't as impatient as I am.

As far as selection goes I've been homebrewing for 3 years and they've almost never not had anything I wanted. They do often sell out of Simcoe though.

Prices are average. Hops seem to be a little more than online but the grain seems to be a little cheaper. Evens out in the end I suppose. I also like that I can buy exactly as much grain or hops as I need so I'm not left with a spare 1/4 lb. of chocolate rye that I'll never use.

I believe that people vote with their feet and as such that this is the only homebrew store I go to is a pretty big compliment.

09-25-2011 17:06:58 | More by donkeyrunner
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Modern Homebrew Emporium in Cambridge, MA
87 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.