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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by assurbanipaul:
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For such a small space, this shop is packed to the gills with anything and everything for the brewer and winemaker -- ingredients, kits, equipment, books, personnel. Easy to find, easy to get to.
It's set up as a sort of "help-yourself" operation with bins and bins of grains and hops lining the wall. However, I was intercepted and helped along by one of the staff, who are all extremely knowledgeable and willing to assist. No real bundled kits, it's more of a piecemeal shop but they do keep copies of books and store recipes at the counter and are happy to walk you through the ingredients and equipment.
Seems to be a busy shop, a little crowded while I was there, which is good. If I'm in the area again, I'll definitely stop by.
12-04-2005 17:28:49 | More by assurbanipaul
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4.12/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
11-22-2013 19:09:08 | More by Dafixa
4.9/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I decided to check out HBHQ to get ingredients for my second batch of beer while waiting for my first batch to finish primary fermentation.
I was surprised by how busy this store gets. Each time I have been the store has been packed. Even with several people on staff, there is occasionally a short wait.
Each staff member is excited about brewing and is willing to talk to you about every item or ingredient to ensure that you know what you need to know.
This shop is full of knowledgeable people and plenty of variety. And luckily it is on my way from work to school, so I can stop by every day if I need to.
01-19-2012 16:09:46 | More by usethesource
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
02-24-2011 19:33:36 | More by mugglesandhops
4.85/5 rDev +10%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The quality of ingredients I got here has been fantastic. Though as everyone has said, the store could use an update and some dusting, everything looks very nice. Also, all the supplies and equipment I have bought from them has been perfect.
Service is fantastic. I spent a bit of time reading forums and books before I ever went into the home brew store. So by the time I got there I had already decided what I needed to get to start brewing. So I got the two stage deluxe kit. However, I didn't want the hand capper, instead I wanted a table top capper, so they took one off the kit and added the other. There were several other items like that also. So they listened to what I needed and really built me a custom kit with no problems. They made suggestions on books and ingredients and everything else. I also work in retail and I try to always sell what is best for the customer, even if it is way cheaper than the pretty thing catching his eye. And this is the way homebrew hq does business. They won't try to sell you on the most expensive product if your not experienced enough or just really don't need it.
Selection was pretty good. I found everything I needed there, except for a ranco temperature control, which they promptly ordered for me. When the manufacturer sent the controller to the store is was unwired. I had requested it to wired, so before the store ever called me they placed another order making sure it was wired. Great help!
11-09-2010 18:54:20 | More by JamesC7625
4.15/5 rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
07-18-2010 14:13:09 | More by RobertTh3Texian
4.5/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was incredibly happy to find out that there was a homebrew shop in my area period. On my first visit I bought a starter kit that included literally everything I needed to make my first canned extract batch and I've been shopping there ever since. They have everything you need whether just starting out brewing or a seasoned vet-even kegs and bottles. Can't attest to the freshness of the canned extracts since I only bought a few of them but their ingredients have always been fresh. Selection is good as well-rarely is there something I want they don't have. The staff is knowledgable, friendly, and very helpful. They are great to bounce ideas off of, get suggestions for recipes, and always tell me to give them a call if I need anything.
So very glad to call the HQ my homebrew store!
04-18-2010 17:56:34 | More by Dixonian
4/5 rDev -9.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-20-2009 01:53:14 | More by jnezda
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Q: I assume this means quality of ingredients which is very good. The store itself feels old, and needs some updating. Shelved can products are a little dusty and appear to just be a little older and haven't moved in a while. Of course this has little to nothing to do with the quality of the ingredients themselves or the supplies which all are top notch.
S: I can't say enough. Everyone there is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and can answer any question you have about homebrewing. They don't just assist with beer either. Wine, root beer, lambics, if it can be home brewed they can assist with it. Even the owner Kelly is willing to taste your homebrews and is BJCP certified so he knows his stuff. Also super down to earth and personable. That is the best part of this store.
S: Excellent. As I stated above whatever you want to make they can help! They do all the liquid yeast, liquid malt extract, tons of kits, tons of brewers ingredients, all the supplies you could ask for. There is nothing I've needed that they haven't had.
V: A little pricier than some online shops, but worth paying more for the service and availability.
04-14-2009 21:49:00 | More by thirdeye11
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
05-23-2008 12:05:26 | More by homer321
Homebrew Headquarters in Richardson, TX
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