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Maryland Homebrew

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97
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 11.83%
[ Homebrew Store ]

6770 Oak Hall Ln
Ste 108
Columbia, Maryland, 21045-4768
United States
phone: (888) BRE-WNOW

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mdhomebrew

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Photo of wrightst
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of briang01
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of March_of_99
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of rallyinthevalley
2.38/5  rDev -46.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Have to make this comment. MDHB is wonderful, but I won't be buying my grains there again until I get a mill. My efficiency on my last 3 batches from MDHB: 65%, 57%, 52%. Efficiency from Austinhomebrew.com crushed grains: 79%, 78%, 78%.

I don't like to ship yeast, so I'll still go for that, but the 60 mile round trip isn't worth it if I have no chance of getting a consistently good crush.

Staff couldn't be more helpful, so the next time I'm in I'll ask how often they check the mill. I mean, I have never crushed my own so I don't know enough to just look and see. I'm sure they'll help, I'm just not going to risk it. I was 8 pts off my OG yesterday.

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UPDATE
Just drove 60 miles for a yeast that was reported as IN STOCK online to find out it wasn't there yet, but it would be in the afternoon.
Should I have called first? Yes. But why have in stock/out of stock on your website if it doesn't mean anything.
Wasted 12 bucks of gas and 90 minutes.
That was my last trip.

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

If you haven't been to the new store, why wait. Go next Thursday(hint :) ). You might get to sample the wort as it goes into the fermenter. And these guys, and especially Chris will gladly answer all your questions about how to brew beer.
The knowledgable and friendly staff will cater to your every brewing need. Besides malt, yeast and hops, it's a toystore for brewing gadgets and necessary upgrades. Conical fermenters, siphon gadgets, wort chillers, kettles, etc...
The new layout has brigher cleaner appearance, and the wine section is expanded, and also separated, rightly.
Once you get to a certain dollar total, you become preferred customer (Brew Buddy) and get a 10% discount.
Perfect for beginners and brewing veterans.

Photo of eypmcfg
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been using Maryland Homebrew since I started brewing 15 years ago. They are by far the best, most inclusive homebrew store that I have ever seen. I have tried to help friends and family memebers brew beer, and trying to find the ingredients is sometimes difficult, but not here.

The staff is very knowledgeable, and are only too happy to answer questions when you call.

I have made many complicated beers with odd ingredients, and they have it all. Plus, you can measire out your own grains, so you only pay for what you need.

This place rocks.

Photo of macpapi
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This my one and only homebrew shop. A very dependable place.

The interior is a cross between a large garage and a warehouse. Concrete floors, unfinished ceiling, lots of storage space in the back. Beer paraphanalia lines the walls by the cash registers up front. Boxes of empty bottles in the entry room and towards the front of the main room.

Stepping further back, there are loads of extract brew kits and cans. Several different brewing kits and systems. Fermenters run the gamut from 6 gallon buckets, to higher tech, conical units. Several brew kettles--more cheaply bought elsewhere, but there nonetheless--also make themselves known. All kinds of accessories from clamps, clips, hoses, spigots, hop bags, airlocks, hydrometers, thermometers, and many, many other items are easily accessed as well.

In the back section of the store is a wide range of different types of grains and hops (refrigerated to the side). I would estimate there are 50 different grain varieties on display. Scales to weigh your amounts and an electricly operated mill are also here. I have yet to encounter a situation where a grain necessary to my recipe was not present. In the storage area you can buy larger bags of more commonly used grains (two-row, wheat, pilsner, etc) for a bulk rate. Hop and yeast options are extensive. Again, I've never left sans proper ingredients there.

The best part of MDHB is the staff. I can not overemphasize what a fantastic job they do. Every single member I have encountered has been extremely knowledgeable, helpful, cordial, outgoing, and just downright awesome. There have been several occasions where they have offered suggestions on ingredients for specific recipes, replacements for items previously sold out, or just encouragement for what I was going to brew. They have always remembered me as well. Just a really nice, great group of people.

On the whole, whether you are already an experienced homebrewer or an area resident just thinking about picking this up as a hobby, you need to visit this place. Those already hooked will remain so, beginners will be encouraged to continue their learning process and will most likely become more interested in this fulfilling hobby. I heartily recommend this place.

Photo of BmoreBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

This is the first homebrew store I ever went to and it spoiled me. There are 2 homebrew stores closer to my house but MD Homebrew is the only one I'll ever go to anymore.

It's a small shop and is far from glamorous, but they have a great selection of everything from equipment to cleaning supplies to the all-important ingredients. They carry mainly top-tier brands and despite the relatively close-quarters they pack a ton of inventory and options in there. If they don't have something you need, they'll order for you and have it in a few days. They also have supplies for wine- and soda-making.

The most impressive thing about MD Homebrew is the staff. They have a handful of "regulars" all of whom can answer any question you have and they do it in a helpful and friendly way. I always bounce ideas and recipe concepts off them and they've always been easy to talk to and incredibly insightful.

Whether you're just getting started or have made every beer known to man, this place is perfect for you.

Photo of jgasparine
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Quality, Service and Selection- this place has it all. An array of malt, hops, yeast, adjuncts, equipment, books and all-around know-how. Really though, it's the staff that makes this place worth the trip. They are friendly, but not pushy... extremely knowledgable... and seemingly excited to help the uninitiated and the pros alike.

I can't believe it took me this long to visit Maryland Homebrew, but I'm glad I did- and I'm definitely going back! Highly recommended to anyone in the Maryland area...

Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

This is my go to for all things home brewing. The staff is great and more than willing to assist with getting ingredients for your next brew. They are also more than happy to help with giving assistance with a particular problem you may be having with your brewing process.

Pretty good selection of equipment and they tend to carry some of the best in the business. They can also get pretty much anything you are looking to get. Very good selection of ingredients available for everyone from the all extract brewer up to all grain.

Classes are given from time to time so get on their email list if your are interested in learning how to brew or want to get a refresher course.

Overall I highly recommend those looking at getting into brewing or currently brewing to go there.

Photo of Waltwvu
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

One of my favorite places to go. Ive shopped af ew other homebrew stores in DC metro area but always come back to Maryland Home Brew . Might be the friendliest and most knowlegable staff out there. No matter how inexpierenced you are they are more than willing to answer any and all your questions. They always have good amount of stock and maintain quality products. Thier own in house formulated recipes are great ways to start out. I would recomend anyone interested in starting to homebrew to take a ride up there and talk to these guys, they would glad to help.

Photo of mjw2808
4.3/5  rDev -4%

Went here my first time home brewing and have been back ever since. No matter when I go whoever is working there is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Its a pretty small place but still has a good selection for brewing either wine or beer. If you need kits with directions and ingredients for your beer, or if you make your own recipes with your own ingredients this would be a good place to shop. If you ever get stuck brewing they know enough to help you out with the proper instructions to get out. When I first started they even encouraged me to call them if I needed help with what exactly to do. Great place, it will have all your home brewing needs.

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

This place is a little hard to find but once you do, the inside is really big and there is a ton of selection. The place is mostly self service but for the short time I was inside several people asked me if I needed help. I did not as I just wanted to browse. There are shelves of extract and an entire refrigerator devoted to yeast and a freezer for hops. There were about 20 specialty grains and lots of base malts. I showed up on a day that they were conducting a demo for all grain brewing. Unfortunately I did not get to attend the demo but it is a testament to the shop that they hold classes in AG brewing. It is the closest HB shop to my present location and I will definitely be using them from now on. Hopefully I can get a spot in the next AG course.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

This is my go to spot for ingredients and basic supplies. They always have fresh ingredients and a wide selection of hops, grains, yeast etc. They will mill the grains on site and answer any questions you have. Prices are reasonable. Great staff and very knowledgable.

Its a little hard to find especially if you are not used to that area. Smaller space so it is a little cramped but they manage pretty well with what they have. They do not carry some of the more advanced equipment but they have every ingredient and piece of basic equipment you could ask for.

Worth the trip!

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

It's a little cramped in there but an excellent use of space. More warehouse than retail store. You could get 1/4oz crushed grains just as easily as 50lbs.

The staff there is great. Very helpful, almost too helpful for the way I shop (wander around and wait for inspiration) but given the space there is always at least two employees within earshot waiting to help you.

Spectacular grain selection. I did not count but I'd guess 20+ in bulk. Now that I think of it they have an excellent selection of all of the ingredients (they even sell water at $8 for 5gal). Three refrigerators hold any kind of yeast or hops you could need or an adequate substitute.

All kinds of wine stuff there too but I haven't gotten into that yet.

They also have equipment for upgrades that one can lust over like a five gallon brew pot, 10gal fermenters, enough for a microbrewery, and all the mechanics for any elaborate keg system.

The only drawback is that if you are not from Columbia or familiar with the town you could easily get lost. Once you've been there though, you will find it easy to return to.

Photo of Mybeershoes
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Place is great. I just started homebrewing and have rolled right into all grain. This place made it easy. Everything is where it should be. Place is always stocked. People are helpful and friendly. Need something? Its here. Some equipment can be a bit pricey, but not enough to send me searching the county for a brew pot or spoon. Hops and Yeast are easily accessed in the labeled refridgerators in the back of the warehouse. Its always fun to walk into the place on a Sunday morning and start shoveling grain into the electric grinder they have there.

Photo of Beauregard
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

MDHB has a good selection and a great staff. All the White Labs yeast and domestic/imported hops you could need, plus a good selection of grains. Full sacks of grain are available at very good prices, and anything they don't have on hand can be special ordered for no extra charge as long as it's distributed by North Country or another one of their suppliers. Prices for large equipment (burners, chillers, conicals, electronic gadgets) are usually better online. Everything else is fantastic to have locally and fresh, especially with such knowledgeable employees.

Photo of alejandro
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Having spent most my brewing days in the northeast, I assumed I would have to sacrifice a bit when I moved south (I guess I am a Northeast snob). Fortunately I now live a short drive from the MDHB. The employees there are helpful courteous and best of all, knowledgeable. I have been there and asked many questions, from the asinine to the thought provoking and each time they have been able to satisfactorily answer me. The store carries a wide variety of grains, kits, malts and equipment. If they don't carry it or they are out, they will offer a suggestion of where you can find it. If you bring recipes they will help you gather your ingredients, if you bring ideas they will help you think them through logically. This store and the employees have garnered my full respect and I am proud to count my self as one of their customers.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.3/5  rDev -4%

Good availability of ingredients and supplies. I have brewed a variety of styles and have always been able to find all the ingredients from grains to hops to yeast that I needed for the batch. All the essential supplies are stocked; while not everything is available, the store will do special ordering. I have also seen them set aside items for people who request it when they do come in stock. The service here is top-notch with a very knowledgeable staff that can answer a lot of questions; I have even seen them guide beginners through the process of selecting their startup equipment and ingredient kits.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%

I have used MDHB many times over the past several years and was there in person as recently as today. The quality of anything I have ever gotten here has been pretty good though over the years they seemed to have scaled down the variety of products they carry-which in turn looks like a lot less stuff is moving and more dust on the inventory.

That being said the service has always been very good and no matter who is working very,very knowledgeable. I have to say the selection overall is good and the choices of some of the more non-readily available grains is great. They have a self service grain area that is a breeze to use if you know what you want and how to go about it (could use bigger bags for full batches of grains).

There is a fair amount of wine making equipment as well. Not my thing but I would assume the knowledge and help is there as well.

My one gripe would be that even though they say "we ship UPS daily" if you place an order on say a Sunday the thing doesnt even get processed and shipped until they open the following Wednesday. I dont figure that as daily.

I usually stop here when I'm up that way from the Eastern Shore.

Maryland Homebrew in Columbia, MD
97 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.