Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ellflle:
3.85/5 rDev -19.6%
Visited here once on a Saturday afternoon. Spacious, clubby, cheerful. Other home brewers brought some of their recent batches for sampling and sharing. I asked for a brown ale kit and got one assembled with powdered extracts and some freshly ground whole grains. Decent value, fairly good recipe, but when packing it up the hops and yeast were left out, so I had to return for them. The supplies seemed fresh enough, though the batch isn't ready to evaluate as a finished beer yet. I'll probably return to this shop, but I'll make sure all my ingredients get packed in before I get home to start brewing.
09-06-2008 12:41:31 | More by ellflle
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5/5 rDev +4.4%
Blackstone Valley Brewing is the best homebrew store I've ever gone to. Period. Bar none.
The owner, Steve, prides himself on stocking everything you could need to brew any beer and, man, he lives up to that claim. Everything is easy to find, too. The store is clean and well organized and Steve will gladly help you wrangle up the hops and grains you need if you give him a grocery list. He will also answer any questions you have and help you make a recipe, if you need it. All of the ingredients are fresh, too. Plus, Steve and all of the regulars are super friendly. I went in for the first time and within 10 minutes of being there they were pouring me some beer and wine and were shooting the breeze with me like they knew me all along.
If you are looking for a homebrew store that has all of the ingredients/supplies you could dream of, great service and a friendly crowd, AND has fair prices, check out Blackstone Valley Brewing.
08-16-2014 13:21:05 | More by kbanks13
4.6/5 rDev -4%
Steve knows beer and brewing and is great to work with. Amazing service and always willing to provide great advice. Has the essentials, from equipment to ingredients, and can get anything else you may need.
I've gone to Blackstone to buy kits or pull together a recipe or just to grab a few ingredients and every time I spend more time there than planned. It's a great atmosphere and a fun place to learn about beer.
04-19-2014 12:49:47 | More by richobrien
4.5/5 rDev -6.1%
What can I say that has not already been said in the previous reviews. Exceptional help setting up a noob to the homebrewing process, good prices and helpful tips.
Steve got me started and i'm preparing my first homebrew later this weekend, i'm sure I will be back for more product and advice.
06-29-2013 22:40:40 | More by dumpman
4.7/5 rDev -1.9%
Got my first home brew stuff here. Reminds me of the old time hardware store. Not entirely sure who really works there, but everybody was helpful, seems to be a hangout for the HB crowd - pretty cool. Pointed me in the right direction as a novice home brewer, for sure. Now that I know more, the selection of grain, hops, yeast is great, equipment maybe a little limited overall. Prices are reasonable, but some things are on the high side. Treated me very well as a noob. They have a computerized recipe system that can come up with a wide range of recipes or help you build one. Fun place to just go,hang, and talk home brew. They have a number of pre-packaged brew kits available in quite a few styles - a little brown bag o' goodies that has everything you need to make a good batch of beer, either extract or partial grain, maybe all grain too (not sure), but if it isn't on the shelf, they'll have it or can come up with it. Very clean store, organized well.
01-14-2013 21:21:00 | More by LeRose
4.64/5 rDev -3.1%
I discovered this place while trying to find a homebrew shop in RI. This was the only result not in Providence so it won out.
Blackstone Valley would be easy to miss if it weren't for the giant open flag that hangs outside. It's a relatively bland dark brown building with a couple windows looking inside. From the road, it's almost invisible.
Upon entering the shop you notice how clean it is. Everything is neatly organized and accessible (except for the hops and yeast, which the owner, Steve, is always willing to grab for you).
Speaking of Steve, this guy is ridiculous in the best possible way. He loves what he does and it shows. He's full of homebrewing knowledge as well as his fair share of beer gossip.
In the middle of the store is the tasting table at which various patrons of the store share their wares and their stories. It's always a good time.
Steve will order anything he can get his hands on if you give him a heads up. He even offered to order me some "bugs" if I really felt inclined.
The prices are perfectly reasonable and I have yet to go wrong with any recipe Steve has helped cook up.
Blackstone Valley is a labor of love and it shows. From the neatly organized selection, the variety of supplies (this includes a solid wine kit section), to Steve and his insane amount of knowledge and passion for all things beer, this is one place you don't want to miss if you're within an hour drive. Do yourself a favor and stop in. You'll be lucky if you get out in under 2 hours. It's just that good.
06-15-2011 03:05:41 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.85/5 rDev +1.3%
I first went to Blackstone Valley Brewing because of the good reviews on BA, and I quickly learned why the place is so highly rated. It is fantastic.
The store itself is above average. The ingredients seem fresh, there are always plenty of varieties of hops and yeast strains, and there is plenty of equipment. While Blackstone focuses on beer brewing, there is also a lot of equipment for wine making. There may not be any exotic malts or other ingredients, but the selection seems ideal for the average customer.
Aside from the quality and selection, the real reason why Blackstone Valley is a worthwhile destination is because of the owner, Steve. Simply put, he is the man. If you take the time to talk beer with him, you will realize in about 30 seconds that he knows an obscene amount about beer. He knows tips, tricks, and the science of brewing. He is always full of gossip about the beer industry, and his philosophy on beer and the importance of sharing good beer is inspiring. His recipes, particularly his clones, are great. My friend and I attempted to clone Prima Pils... And our homebrew came out better than the real thing.
Check this place out and plan to stay a few hours to learn.
01-26-2011 05:11:54 | More by angrybabboon
4.5/5 rDev -6.1%
Very helpful. Great advice. Excellent brewing packages with simple, accurate directions and a wide range of styles. That is very encouraging to a newbie such as myself. Ingredients were fresh.
There is a culture of teaching, camraderie, and collaboration here between the patrons and the staff that really makes coming to the store a fun experience.
If you go, stay for a while, you will learn something. Even if you are an experienced brewer. BVBS has tools and guidance for cider and wine as well.
01-22-2011 19:14:17 | More by baja
5/5 rDev +4.4%
I have been a homebrewer for about 10 years off and on. When I moved down from the Boston area I decided to start up again. And finding this store has been the best thing to happen to my brewing since I started. Steve has helped me with a ton of info and great prices. One thing that internet buyers need to look at is the total price of an order. On most things I find that Steve has internet pricing beat. Also you know that the ingredients are fresh. Steve is a good guy all around and doesn't sell just for the sale but to make you a better brewer. So do yourself a favor and get to the store and brew better beer.
01-10-2011 22:13:15 | More by CrazyIrishman34
Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies in Woonsocket, RI
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