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2.85/5 rDev -36.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've been homebrewing for a while now but never made it out so I decided to come here to see how its like. When I first walked in I was amazed by the selection, and took a look around and liked how clean the place looked. I was very disappointed how I walked around for 30 to 45 mins and not a single employee greeted me or asked me for help. I ended up just leaving. I'll keep buying my stuff in the woodlands. Which is sad because I am about to start coming into this area almost every weekend. I didn't really look at prices, but probably just like normal, online is cheaper.
02-25-2012 19:09:18 | More by tom_gamer
4.8/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place helped me tremendously.
I had only ordered from Northern Brewer and had learned the basics researching online for hours, but I had my procedure all wrong. The staff here at Defalco's pointed me in the right direction. They even hand wrote 10+ reminders for me on my next batch of brew and, being in college station, told me about their website, which is also fantastic, which recipes online for beginners. I wish I would've come here first before jumping into the homebrew world.
09-27-2011 20:05:15 | More by EA728
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
When I first walked into the store, I noticed around 4 or 5 employees debating and discussing different beers amongst themselves. Eventually, I started talking to one employee who was not only patient and helpful, but also experienced. He stated that he had been home brewing for ten years, but a couple of the other employees had been home brewing for 20+ years. He interrupted our conversation to tell me that he had to have his three o clock beer, awesome. I will definitely go back to DeFalcos, not because of their reasonable prices, or because of their wide selection of malts, hops and yeast; but because of the employee's passion for beer.
07-08-2011 22:27:06 | More by OldThreeHundred
4.25/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
This is most definitely my go-to homebrew shop. It's where the magic starts. If they don't have what I need, then well, I look for something else.
That said, it's a bummer when they don't have what I need and then I have to call an audible. It happens most often with hops, but also with grains. Never had to call a yeast audible before. Sometimes the hops get so low you really gotta get creative. With the grains, there's usually a domestic or import alternative.
Service is top notch. They walked me through growing up from extract to all grain. When I needed advice on homebrew equipment or kegerator equipment, they've always offered invaluable expertise.
If you browse online and compare prices, you realize the online shops offer a slightly better deal, but it's worth it for me to go to Defalco's for the convenience factor. Now if only they always had everything I needed in stock!
06-28-2011 20:30:30 | More by toastw
4.56/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I love this place. The staff is knowledgeable and approachable. They are always happy to help me and don't mind a thousand questions. I can take my brews in and they don't mind tasting them and helping me diagnose any problems. Definitely an A++ in the service department.
They have everything I have ever needed equipment wise and have a good book selection too. The ingredients can run low/out, but this ensures that what they have is always fresh as the previous reviewer mentioned.
Overall, I really like this place and that is why I keep going back rather than using an online venue. Also, a shopping cart can't talk to me about brewing. Picking up ingredients is part of my "me" time and I really enjoy it.
05-23-2011 01:07:24 | More by dnarx
4.8/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I got into homebrewing a few years ago and from what I have in the homebrew forum I have it made. This place has everything, and I mean everything, you need to brew. They always ask if they can help you, but have since stopped asking me. They know me pretty well by now and I am a self service customer right down to milling my own grain.
You can become a frequent fermenter and get a percentage off of your ingredients, 10% I think.
Startup kits are reasonably priced to get you going. Liquid and dry malt extract.
Just about every grain you could imagine, and some that you haven't even heard of.
Wide selection of pellet and whole leaf hops foreign and domestic.
Yeast? The entire white labs and wyeast selection. I prefer wyeast and most times the manufacture date is earlier that WEEK! Dry yeast too if that is what you are into.
And other stuff like books, oak cubes, rhizomes when they are in season, the list goes on. Usually a few homebrews on tap to sample.
My only complaint is that they do not have alot of storage and run out of a particular grain or hop occasionally, but that just means everything is fresh, see my yeast comment.
If you are in or around the Houston area and want to homebrew this is where it is at.
05-11-2011 15:16:17 | More by Adouble
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I generally do not review Homebrew Shops as a rule simply because I am not a homebrewer. There are those rare occasions when I am either asked to stop in by the proprietor or else my publishers ask me to drop off copies of the paper in my journeys. This stop was one of the latter.
A wide storefront with the entry on the right side opening onto "Winemaking Supplies" and glassware in the window. On the left side were coolers of hops (reserve right to restrict quantities), and both Wyeast and White Labs yeast. Extracts on shelves. Malt sat in barrels on the floor along with a mill against left wall. We were escorted around the shop by the assistant, which seemed a really nice thing to do since it was a sales call more than me being a customer.
12-20-2009 17:21:39 | More by woodychandler
4.65/5 rDev +4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A homebrewer's dream come true! The staff is extremely knowledgable and the selection is great. They grind the grain on site for you at no additional charge and they let you serve yourself if you are so inclined. All grain folks, as well as extract brewers will be satisfied by the selection.
The quality of their ingredients is top knotch and consistently so. For novices, Scott runs a homebrewing class that is both fun and informative. For more exoerienced brewers, it is still fun.
They are fairly cost efficient, but I would say that they tend to be a little pricey on some of the equipment.
I highly recommend Defalco's.
08-04-2009 21:29:39 | More by DeathbySexyBT
5/5 rDev +11.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I love coming here because this place has everything. Not only do they have beer home brewing accessories but they also have wine home brewing accessories. There are quite a few guys working there and they all have a really good head on their shoulders when it comes to a little Q and A about home brewing. Even the younger guys there (they look about early 20s) know a great deal about brewing. They carry everything; hops, yeast, malts, they grind the malts there for you, tubing for kegs, keg parts, shanks, sankeys, books, everything. I highly recommend this place.
09-04-2008 05:30:54 | More by stumac
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went here for a local home brew meeting that takes place in the store. They have everything you need to start home brewing there. Theres a good selection of grains there that they'll mill for you and a decent selection of hops in their cooler. The people that work there are very friendly and helpful if and when you have questions. Things can be a little pricey there but it is a little shop and not the internet. They do have good prices on cornies though which cought my eye for when I'm ready to keg beer. Good place just a little bit of a drive from North Houston to get to.
06-14-2008 15:12:39 | More by armock
Defalco's in Houston, TX
96 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.