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Modern Homebrew Emporium

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Modern Homebrew EmporiumModern Homebrew Emporium
very good

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.79%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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 taez555:
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3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$

May 2005 re-review

The Modern Homebrew Emporium is the only homebrew store in the greater Boston area. Located on the edge of Cambridge on Mass Ave (practically Arlington), it’s only a quick 5 minute walk to the Davis Square T stop.

The inside is a tiny little shop that looks more like someone turned their garage into a homebrew store. Although a bit dusty, it’s all very neatly organized and not hard to find what you’re looking for. Service is always good especially since 9 out of 10 times I go in I’m usually the only person there. They’re always helpful and offer assistance, but will always give you space if you want to do your own thing like crush grains, etc.

Selection is pretty good. They have just about all the common varieties of hops, yeasts and grains, as well as a lot of kits and a variety of LME and DME. The selection of brewing equipment (hoses, carboys, bottles, cleaners, etc) is all just as good. They don’t have the more obscure equipment or ingredients, but I will note I was impressed on my last visit that they had smoked and rye malts.

They also carry a wide variety of wine-making supplies.

They’ve definitely gotten better over the years. I’m still a bit hesitant about the hops and yeast. They’re stored in bulk in the cooler and considering I rarely see anyone in there I wonder how fresh they are. Although to be fair, I’ve never had a beer turn out bad and they do manage to stay in business

Cost wise it’s hit or miss. Some things like grains, hops and bottles are priced very reasonably, but malt extracts and some other things tend to make doing an extract brew a bit pricey.

I tend to order on-line for the variety and because getting out to that part of town is tricky, but for bottles, caps, other equipment or just brewing in a pinch it’s a great to know there’s a decent homebrew shop in the area.

05-18-2005 08:42:29 | More by taez555
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-08-2014 15:21:46 | More by Ant4711
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-27-2014 20:15:33 | More by SveNss0N
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

01-29-2014 06:17:48 | More by tegelaar
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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


4.71/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 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%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

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
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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
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