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Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.79
pDev: 6.47%
[ Homebrew Store ]

407 Park Ave
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895-5339
United States
phone: (401) 765-3830

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Photo of Samichlaus
5/5  rDev +4.4%

Lets start out by saying the owner is an awesome guy. I live in Providence and this place is worth the drive. I ended up getting my home-brew starter kit for Christmas from here and it's great. Started with specialty grain and extract. They got me everything I needed and the beer kits are all hand made. No boxed up stuff. Friendly, attentive service. Highly knowledgeable owner who can and will help you with everything. High quality products and a great relaxing atmosphere, helped out by the owner and clientele. This will be my place from now on.

Samichlaus, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of PawtucketPat
5/5  rDev +4.4%

I've been a homebrewer for over 3 years and I got my start here. From the first time me & my buddy walked in, Steve has been exceptional. We've received everything from advice to education, you get it all here.

Over time I've bought things online and have gone to other brew shops when in a pinch, I have never received the superior service that I get EVERYTIME I come here. The shop carries a wide variety of homebrew/wine supplies to cover the needs of a novice through a seasoned vet. Prices here are always a value, the place is clean, and stock rotates quickly so your never buying out of date items.

You know your going to the right place when even the other customers want to hang to talk about beer and even more, want to help you. It's an overall great place and even a greater experience.

PawtucketPat, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of falco522
5/5  rDev +4.4%

I just got back from our first visit to Blackstone. When I walked in, I was surprised to see about a dozen of Steve's buddies/customers sitting around enjoying their homebrews. My girlfriend and I tried a raspberry lambic, a pale ale with brown sugar, and an English ale--all fantastic.

Steve helped me pick out ingredients for a cherry wheat beer recipe I brought in, tweaking the recipe and offering great advice. The price was only a little more than what I paid for an off the shelf kit at Brew Haus last time around, including the cherry extract.

For those in Providence, this place is well worth the drive. Basement Brew Haus is good if you've forgotten something basic, but the service at Blackstone was phenomenal. From the reviews, I was expecting to have a great conversation about homebrewing with Steve. What I got was even better--an introduction to the great homebrew community that a place like this engenders.

falco522, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Reiksguard
5/5  rDev +4.4%

I have to say that I have become more and more a fan of this shop. Its not the most convenient location (if you live in Southern Rhode Island), but I will drive the distance because of what you get. Steve is always full of information and has a laundry list of "good" recipes he can make for you on the spot. I say "good" because the more I have gone to other local shops for recipes, the more I realize how much work Steve has put into his. They are succinct, style-appropriate, and very adaptable. Unlike some of the crap-shoots I have gotten at other places, I know I'll get a good brew with Steve's.

Double thumbs up to Blackstone. They are not as cheap as some of the mail-order houses, but there are many ancillary benefits for supporting the local brew scene.

Reiksguard, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of 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.

ellflle, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of BrewMasterG
4.65/5  rDev -2.9%

There are few homebrew supply shops in Eastern MA & RI -- let alone good ones! Steve Duhamel(sp?) of Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies is a joy to speak with - he even informed me of the correct pronunciation of Hoegaarden. Who knew.

Though not all-inclusive, the selection is more than enough for most home brewers. Prices are reasonable and the service is excellent. While I have in the past chosen online vendors for ingredients, I have chosen to support my local brewing community instead. Let's save the world... 6 gallons at a time :)

BrewMasterG, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of jlaplume76
5/5  rDev +4.4%

The BEST shop I have ever shopped in. Steve, the owner, is incredible, his knowledge on the craft seems to know no bounds. His ability to pull a recipe out of thin air is incredible. Just walk in and say "what you have for a Marzen" and you'll walk out with the ingredients, the knowledge and a smile. Another great feature. His box of toys. I tend to have my 5 year old with me and the box of kid toys keeps her occupied so I can concentrate on beer. His selection is always great, the prices are good and the knowledge and atmosphere make this place the best around, I know of people who drive an hour plus to see Steve. If you haven't been here and you are a brewer, you must go!!! If you can, stop by on a Friday afternoon, there is always a group of brewers eager to talk beer. See ya there.

jlaplume76, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of mrbosworth
5/5  rDev +4.4%

Blackstone Valley Brewing Supply is THE place to go for homebrewing supplies in the southern newengland area. The location is easy to get to, but most importantly the owner Steve is a true beer advocate. Super knowlegable about any style of beer, as well as equipment and beer related projects like installing kegging equipment. You can get just about anything you need in his store and if he doesn't have it he can get it. I go there because people who are as passionate and knowlegable about beer as Steve is deserve business.

mrbosworth, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of RhodyBrewzah
5/5  rDev +4.4%

Blackstone Valley Brewing Supply is definitly the place to go if you are in need of anything homebrewing or kegging. Steve, the owner, is just ridiculously helpful to everyone and creates such an enjoyable atmosphere. His knowledge and willingness to help is far and beyond many salespersons, in whatever it may be, period. I encourage anyone having just a whisp of a thought about homebrewing to visit and i'm sure they will be excited and anxious to start. steve is a class act and mostly anyone in there is just as cool. GREAT GREAT PLACE. Thanks Steve for all your help with me!!

RhodyBrewzah, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Pegli
5/5  rDev +4.4%

Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies is defintely Top Shelf. The owner, Steve is extremely knowledgeable, enourages you to call anytime with questions, helps create new recipes on the spot, and makes each visit a joyous event. The house recipes are exceptional. All of the ingredients are of the highest quality and super-fresh. BVBS has recently moved next door (adjacent to the old shop) into a bigger venue - much better suited for beer advocacy !

If you have any interest in homebrewing, this is THE place to go.

Pegli, Apr 06, 2007
Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies in Woonsocket, RI
100 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.