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Reviews: 16
Visits: 18
rAvg: 4.41
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[ Homebrew Store ]

300 N Coit Rd
Ste 134
Richardson, Texas, 75080-6240
United States
phone: (972) 234-4411

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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

For such a small space, this shop is packed to the gills with anything and everything for the brewer and winemaker -- ingredients, kits, equipment, books, personnel. Easy to find, easy to get to.

It's set up as a sort of "help-yourself" operation with bins and bins of grains and hops lining the wall. However, I was intercepted and helped along by one of the staff, who are all extremely knowledgeable and willing to assist. No real bundled kits, it's more of a piecemeal shop but they do keep copies of books and store recipes at the counter and are happy to walk you through the ingredients and equipment.

Seems to be a busy shop, a little crowded while I was there, which is good. If I'm in the area again, I'll definitely stop by. (741 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tommo
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The staff is as helpful as you need, or as hands off as you like. Place gets totally nuts sometimes (early saturday morning seems to be the worst), but other than that i am always very pleased. Old guy who runs the place is as nice as they come, and always ready to banter about yeast/hops/whatever.

Also, i think their grain is as good, if not better, than what i get online. So i do most of my shopping here (411 characters)

Photo of amvrana
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I should start by saying I am overall happy with this shop, and I am grateful to have a place like it in the Dallas area that is a manageable drive from my location.

My experience in this shop is usually excellent, but that can change depending on who is working that day and who helps me. The employees are generally very knowledgeable and eager to share their expertise and encourage you to brew whatever beer--whether typical or unconventional--you have it in your mind to try, and they are more than ready to teach you how to do it the best way possible.

I have been in here a few times, though, when certain employees didn't treat me well because I wasn't matching their ideas of what beer is supposed to be. This is not typical, however, and it hasn't happened in a while.

I am extremely satisfied with the quality and selection here. I have yet to find them lacking anything I needed (except when they have just run out of something, that is). I will continue going here for my brewing needs, especially since it's the closest one to my house. (1,054 characters)

Photo of benjamin_dallas
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Domvan
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Dafixa
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Found myself in Dallas with some time to spare. Drove out to Richardson to check this place out.

Super nice dude behind the counter. Greeted me as soon as walked in. Told me that I was happy to walk around and if I didn't see something I wanted to just ask, he might have it in the back. Place was pretty buy for an early afternoon visit. Seemed to have everything a local Homebrewer would want. Even had some high equipment as well, Blichmann Fermentor, and Pots.

All in all If I brewed in this neighbor hood Id be using this store. (535 characters)

Photo of usethesource
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I decided to check out HBHQ to get ingredients for my second batch of beer while waiting for my first batch to finish primary fermentation.

I was surprised by how busy this store gets. Each time I have been the store has been packed. Even with several people on staff, there is occasionally a short wait.

Each staff member is excited about brewing and is willing to talk to you about every item or ingredient to ensure that you know what you need to know.

This shop is full of knowledgeable people and plenty of variety. And luckily it is on my way from work to school, so I can stop by every day if I need to. (616 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

When I am in the DFW area I usually stop by here for some supplies. Fairly small place in a strip mall type of building. As soon as you walk in you are greeted and they are more than willing to help you out and answer any questions you may have. Great selection of wine making ingredients, supplies, kits, grain, hops, yeast and homebrew supplies for the beginner or advanced homebrewer. I highly recommend stopping by and checking Homebrew Headquarters out for your self. They also offer club and AHA discounts. (512 characters)

Photo of JamesC7625
4.85/5  rDev +10%

Quality:
The quality of ingredients I got here has been fantastic. Though as everyone has said, the store could use an update and some dusting, everything looks very nice. Also, all the supplies and equipment I have bought from them has been perfect.

Service:
Service is fantastic. I spent a bit of time reading forums and books before I ever went into the home brew store. So by the time I got there I had already decided what I needed to get to start brewing. So I got the two stage deluxe kit. However, I didn't want the hand capper, instead I wanted a table top capper, so they took one off the kit and added the other. There were several other items like that also. So they listened to what I needed and really built me a custom kit with no problems. They made suggestions on books and ingredients and everything else. I also work in retail and I try to always sell what is best for the customer, even if it is way cheaper than the pretty thing catching his eye. And this is the way homebrew hq does business. They won't try to sell you on the most expensive product if your not experienced enough or just really don't need it.

Selection:
Selection was pretty good. I found everything I needed there, except for a ranco temperature control, which they promptly ordered for me. When the manufacturer sent the controller to the store is was unwired. I had requested it to wired, so before the store ever called me they placed another order making sure it was wired. Great help! (1,482 characters)

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

This was my first HB shop and it's not too bad. It does not hold a candle to Austin HB but it is pretty good. The selection is decent and they can get you most stuff. Their website is a little thin and very 1997 but what you gonna do? But, the folks there are friendly and know what they are talking about. They have won several HB comps and there is a pic of the original owner judging beers with the late great Michael Jackson (I just like that). But if you live in the 214/972 and want to get started in homebrew, and like that smell of malted barley freshly milled, this is the place for you. Not my favorite, but it is a good solid shop.
L'Chiam (650 characters)

Photo of Dixonian
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I was incredibly happy to find out that there was a homebrew shop in my area period. On my first visit I bought a starter kit that included literally everything I needed to make my first canned extract batch and I've been shopping there ever since. They have everything you need whether just starting out brewing or a seasoned vet-even kegs and bottles. Can't attest to the freshness of the canned extracts since I only bought a few of them but their ingredients have always been fresh. Selection is good as well-rarely is there something I want they don't have. The staff is knowledgable, friendly, and very helpful. They are great to bounce ideas off of, get suggestions for recipes, and always tell me to give them a call if I need anything.

So very glad to call the HQ my homebrew store! (792 characters)

Photo of jnezda
4/5  rDev -9.3%

We will see if the beer turns out ok or not but I came here for my first real attempt to brew at home. I had tried the one bucket "Grandpa" style years ago but thought I would give a real effort this time. Showed up at the store on a evening about 20 minutes before they closed and had tons of questions across the spectrum. They were able to assist with most of them. They helped with the recipe even providing a copy of one from a store copy of Zymurgy Magazine in order to get me what I was looking for. They did balk a little at my need to go big my first time but were very accommodating. Some of the items in the store could use a dusting but they appeared to take great care of the ingredients from liquid malt extracts to yeast cultures. This store carried everything a home brewer could want or they would find it for you. The attitude from the sales guys were a little standoff or snobbish but they were still very gracious to stay with me 30 minutes after closing to complete my purchase. A great resource for Dallas area homebrewers. (1,045 characters)

Photo of thirdeye11
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Q: I assume this means quality of ingredients which is very good. The store itself feels old, and needs some updating. Shelved can products are a little dusty and appear to just be a little older and haven't moved in a while. Of course this has little to nothing to do with the quality of the ingredients themselves or the supplies which all are top notch.

S: I can't say enough. Everyone there is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and can answer any question you have about homebrewing. They don't just assist with beer either. Wine, root beer, lambics, if it can be home brewed they can assist with it. Even the owner Kelly is willing to taste your homebrews and is BJCP certified so he knows his stuff. Also super down to earth and personable. That is the best part of this store.

S: Excellent. As I stated above whatever you want to make they can help! They do all the liquid yeast, liquid malt extract, tons of kits, tons of brewers ingredients, all the supplies you could ask for. There is nothing I've needed that they haven't had.

V: A little pricier than some online shops, but worth paying more for the service and availability. (1,141 characters)

Photo of homer321
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

While in town to visit some friends, I stopped into this HBS after seeing them here. Located in a two story plaza, the store was very easy to find and had good hours that made it convenient to visit. The selection was very good and decently organized. The staff was VERY helpful. The gentleman that I spoke with at length (Kelly, I believe) was extremely knowledgeable and more than willing to share anything he knew. They were willing to talk to me about my newest problems (trying to cap Belgian bottles without buying a champagne corker, low mash efficiency, etc.) and had several suggestions for fixing them. The pricing was great. They buy their LME in bulk and pour it out for you as needed, which allows them to sell it very cheap. With the hop shortage and all, I didn't even bother looking or asking, so I won't comment in that area. But they had a very large selection of Brewer's Garden herbs and spices. The selection of brewing supplies was very good as well, ranging from tea ball infusers to floor corkers to CF wort chillers. Selection of grain was also very good. All in all, I would definitely stop in here again. I may even try ordering from them when I get back home! Which brings me to one point of potential improvement. Their website needs help. Lots of help. With little information about supplies and availability, you need to call, or better, go in to actually appreciate the amount of work these guys have put in the store. This is one of the better HBS I have seen. (1,493 characters)

Photo of bboven
3.2/5  rDev -27.4%

Very, very friendly staff that loved to talk about the craft, good guys. The selection is what I'd expect; pretty close to my LHBS in NC. The prices are also on-par with any other place. This seems like a great store to fulfill DFW needs. My only issue is with their hop storage. I bought 4 oz of Sterling and they were, along with all their hops, stored in small zip lock bags in Tupperware bins in a light-friendly, soda-cooler style sliding door fridge. The hops reeked of hoppy goodness when they gave them to me, but I don't like the idea of hop pellets not packed in oxygen-barriered bags. If you can smell the hops, the hops can smell everything else. I wouldn't have bought them, but the guys there were real friendly and there is a shortage, after all. I'll just use them in my next batch and hope for the best. (820 characters)

Photo of mschuman
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

This is THE homebrew shop in the Dallas area. They have all the wares, ingredients, etc...The staff are helpful and they're open 7 days a week. There really isn't a reason to mail order supplies with HBHQ around. No shipping, and no tax on "food"(includes grain, extract, yeast). A great place to shop, hang out for a few minutes and learn about brewing. If you live in the DFW area and brew, or are interested in brewing, check it out. You'll find all employees are helpful and knowledgeable in brewing, obviously brewers themselves, for the most part. Great place, I LOVE IT. (577 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Although my visit was brief, my experience was great. I browsed the shop for just a short time and they have quite alot to offer. From a good selection and great service, this is a great place to shop. The staff is very eager to help and love to talk beer. Obviously a great combination! I will go back and spend alot more time the next time. Cheers! (350 characters)

Photo of whit
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I walked into this store about 2 years ago out of curiosity. I walked out with their "deluxe" homebrew
setup and have been going strong since. Homebrew HQ is definitely geared toward the beer brewer,
though they have a good selection of wine making equipment and ingredients as well. The store is always well stocked, with massive selections yeast, hops, and specialty grains. Their yeast has always been fresh, though I have seen some stale hops. Staff is knowledgable and willing to answer questions. Lots of new and used kegging equipment available. (560 characters)

Homebrew Headquarters in Richardson, TX
95 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.