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Jaspers Homebrew & Winemaking

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Jaspers Homebrew & WinemakingJaspers Homebrew & Winemaking
BA SCORE
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world-class

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.47%
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

522 Amherst St
Nashua, New Hampshire, 03063-1019
United States
phone: (603) 881-3052

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Notes:
Reviews prior to November 2013 are in reference to the older, smaller, storefront.

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Reviews by AllThingsNinja:
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

I'm not yet a homebrewer, so I won't comment on that aspect of the store other than to say that I haven't seen a larger selection of equipment or ingredients in a brick and mortar store. The beer selection doesn't have much shelf space, but is as diverse as possible given NH's backwater beer distribution. There's a strong VT and NH presence, as well as a few imports and a good inventory of Unibrue and Rogue Beers. For a store that has only been retailing beer for three weeks, the selection of 100+ brews is impressive. Given the incredibly friendly and helpful service, I can only imagine that the business and inventory will grow - at least as fast as permitted by NH law.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 21, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of slheinlein
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%

Great homebrew shop. Jeff is always extremely helpful. They recently moved and the store is much bigger. Great selection of craft brew, some cold as well now. They also have a great website with a lot of tips in the Knowledge Base. If you live in the area, this is the place to go.

slheinlein, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Stoutmeister
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Stoutmeister, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of BierBliss
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

BierBliss, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev -4%

Located off of Main St in downtown Nashua; rather convenient despite less than ideal parking amid a ton of one way streets. The only real knock to the atmosphere at Jasper's is its size. Walking through the 4 aisles is a bit cramped especially if there are more than 3 or 4 other customers present.

Quality in terms of both home brew ingredients, materials, and equipment and craft brew is quite impressive. The craft beer selection is primarily single bottles, but some four and six packs are present as well. Offerings are impressive in both quality and selection. Some specific offerings include the full line of Smutty big beers, DFH, Rogue, White Birch, Allagash, and a large selection of Belgians (Scaldis, Corsendonk, Affligem, Chimay, and many, many more).

One of the real positives about Jasper's is their service. Staff is attentive, down to earth, and available. One nice bonus is their recipe collection which makes everything from deciding on a style to grabbing all of the ingredients rather fun and unbelievably convenient.

Definitely the best home brew shop that I have yet to visit.

NEhophead, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%

Jasper's is a hole in the wall from the outside, but stuffed with great beer and brewing supplies. The owner, Jeff, will talk with you at length about whatever beer-related topic you are there to pursue. We probably talked for 20 min during my most recent visit, I had to run because I had only paid the meter for 15 min!

I was looking for some of the newer hop varieties. One he had not heard of, one he had well stocked for the same exact price as the online vendors. I also picked up some supplemental brewing supplies for very reasonable prices.

He has a very good stock of bottles, most everything that one can expect to find distributed in NH. In particular, his stock of NH breweries seems exceptionally good.

Parking can be an issue, it's on street on downtown Nashua, but it's not a far walk at all from the municipal lots behind the downtown frontages. Also, just a block for Martha's, if your visit made you thirsty.

Highly recommend a stop in at Jasper's, it's the kind of place we need more of.

ghostwalker, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of MightyMonk
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%

This hidden treasure is one place that for any one who loves beer and is in the neighborhood should definitely check out. If you are a home brewer and need advice or supplies you are in good hands at Jaspers. The owner Jeff is always helpful and willing to share his beer knowledge. The store is very small and feels like a friendly corner store. It can get busy on weekends so weekday visits can help assure helpful advice and one on one attention.

I'm lucky to live nearby and work even closer. I try to make a stop here as often as I can whether it's to pick up brew supplies or just some of the many craft beer selections.

MightyMonk, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of ActonBrewer
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

I try to get up to Jasper's at least once a month to talk beer and home brewing with the owner and to pick up one of their excellent store recipes. Their in-house dubbel recipe is one of the best beers I've made. I am somewhat biased to this store since they are the ones that helped me fall in love home brewing and craft beer.

They are located in downtown Nashua center. While their store front is somewhat small, they have an excellent selection of craft beer, home brewing equipment and ingredients, as well as wine equipment and ingredients. If you don't see what you are looking for, be sure to ask and they WILL get it for you.

ActonBrewer, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of NashuaDan
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%

I stopped in to Jasper's for the second time today, for assistance with my very first foray into home brewing. Jeff, the owner, is so supremely knowledgable and helpful it is so great to have him for a resource. I'm a Nashua resident so I feel spoiled to have such a great store so close. Jeff helped me formulate my first home brew (IPA w kit). I look forward to going back for all the ingredients and help I will need on my next batch (next time w/o a kit). I would recommend Jasper's for any one in Eastern New England or Southern NH looking to do home brewing or just looking for a great selection of craft beers.

NashuaDan, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%

Jasper's Home Brew was the first place I went when I started homebrewing (thanks BA). It was a good environment for a novice, and I hope to get back there some day.

The vibe is nice. The store itself is quite tiny, but it feels cramped in a charming way. The selection of brewing gadgets and brewing ingredients is very good. If you can't find something in this store, you probably don't need it. In addition to the brewing supplies, Jasper's has a nice selection of beers. I recall the owner telling me that it was his goal to stock every craft beer available in NH (although that may not be true anymore).

One really great thing about this store is the file of recipes. You can browse through all of the styles at your leisure, and the ones my friend and I used were quite tasty. The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone, for example, is simply fantastic.

The store owner is a friendly and helpful guy. Unfortunately, mostly due to the size of the store, you can't simply walk into the store and dive into a group discussion about brewing. But if you need something, you will get help.

angrybabboon, May 26, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

This place is pretty convenient for the home brewer / beer enthusiast. they have a good selection of all the home brewing supplies that you will need, to get started, or to upgrade. they are very knowledgeable of the home brewing process and are more than willing to talk and give advice. they also have a small but high quality selection of craft brews from the US and abroad. the prices here are also very reasonable. They carry quite a few of the white birch beers, and These beers are usually harder to find at bottle shops. if you are in the are stop by and check it out.

rowingbrewer, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of MaliciousBot
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Jaspers is a great little hole in the wall in the beginning of downtown Nashua. The owner (I believe) is full of information. I mean real full of everything about beer. They have a recipe file that you can pick a beer and assemble all of the ingrediants yourself. It's really cool people working there are very helpful and friendly and will talk about styles and ferm temps and anything beer related pretty much. Great selection of craft beer too. Feels great walking out of there every time. Great prices on malts, grains, hops, you name it.

MaliciousBot, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of stevo155
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

This is my local homebrew shop. Pretty good selection of everything you need for homebrew supplies. Prices are very reasonable. I find that I can get my base grains here cheaper than any outlet online, including the ones that provide free shipping. Jeff is usually the only one working in the store, so if you have a question, you may need to wait if he's helping someone else. But this is a great time to check out the extensive beer selection available in NH. There are somethings I do need to get elsewhere ( White Labs yeast for example, although he seems to carry a good selection of Wyeast products ). Parking is a hassle sometimes since he is in downtown Nashua. Jeff is very knowledgeable and will suggest substitutions for hops and yeast if he doesn't have what you are looking for.

stevo155, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev -4%

A top notch bottle shop, and homebrewing supplies if you are so inclined. The selection was aimed at local stock, and for that was fairly complete. More Pennichuck bottles than at the brewery, same for Manchester brewing. A couple of Smuttynose and Harpoon were here that do not make their way further Northeast which I was pleased to pick up. Single bottles, no problem. Imports were fine, with an emphasis on cellerable Belgians. Service is world class, jeff is a one-man band, but knows every beer intimately, and if you are wanting to talk to someone who knows beer at a brewer level, here is a stop for you. Helped me pack up my beers for the airport successfully.

Sammy, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

Every time I take my car in for service it seems like I find another interesting place in Nashua to check out. Thanks to BeerFly, Jaspers is it today, as in the wicked old Tom and Jerry episodes: "JASPER, you bad ol' cat! O-W-T Out!!!"

Looks like a jam-packed homebrew store as you'd want it to look like - plenty of compartments of grains, extracts and supplies. The whole left wall, aside from the cash register space, has beer. Good selection on the Belgian and Canadian Belgian-style (Unibroue, etc.) for starters in the back and plenty of top craft names, as well as some nice local gems that you don't see every day.

Spoke with Jeff, who was extremely helpful in speaking of Manchester Brewing's offerings he had in stock as well as tidying up loose ends for my hefe recipe that I'm fixin' to brew within a week or so. The vacuum-packed hops that I needed, the yeast strain and the wheat DME that I was looking for. Date on the yeast isn't bad. Prices are decent. Pretty much expect what I spent would be comparable to ordering on-line with shipping, but I don't have to wait a few days, so why not?

Since I'm scheduled to brew once every 7 weeks, and I'm been driving a lot, I'll have to trek back up here to get my SUV in proper service when I'm ready to brew a saison...oh yeah, they have candi sugar too. This is a very good homebrew stop and a solid beer stop too. Well done; keep up the good work.

IBUnit63, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of RatAgain
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

As many people have said is both knowledgeable and friendly. He will tell you anything you want to know and more and every time I go in I can almost guarantee I'll leave with a new beer to try or knowing more about beer.

The supplies for brewing your own beer are all available and if they aren't Jeff will recommend a comparable replacement and other tweaking suggestions, none of which have lead me astray from what I wanted in my beer.

The selection of beers are stellar for what is available in NH. If there is a nice beer I want to pick up I'll go here first with it being so close to work and conveniently located in downtown Nashua. Definitely a place to check out if you're looking to start up brewing, want to learn a new trick, or get a beer you can't find in the grocery stores of NH.

RatAgain, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of drbarnes
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

I really enjoy this place. Being a native of Nashua, this store was the first place that got me into enjoying beer. Jeff's extensive knowledge on each style in addition to his friendliness have made this my local go to place.

In addition to his knowledge on beer, Jeff can also talk your ear off on various different wine varieties as well as his extensive section of home brewing utilities and ingredients.

I also frequent Andover Liquors in Andover, MA which has a greater selection than Jaspers but lacks the information and personality.

I suppose while variety may be a somewhat weakening point of Jaspers, Jeff seems to get in the cream of the crop of what's available in NH.

Highly recommended for anyone in the Nashua area.

drbarnes, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

I stopped in and wound up talking to the guy behind the counter (who I believe is the owner) for 20 minutes about homebrewing and different types of beer. I walked out of the store with a bunch of great beers and a much better grasp of how to start homebrewing. The beer selection is first rate (Allagash, Brooklyn, DFH, Ommegang, Pennichuck, Rogue, St. Ambroise, Samuel Smith, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Unibroue, Victory, etc). I was surprised to see 4 or 5 different releases of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series (I wound up buying the Imperial Stout, Wheat Wine, and Big A IPA). Prices were very reasonable and all of the beers could be broken into singles, which is a major plus. The store is really small and cluttered... I can't imagine how more than 4 people shop in there at the same time.

gameface23, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Faulconerbrewing
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Very great homebrew shop. Jeff is a very nice guy who know's his stuff. My first recipe I created didn't turn out so great and he offered to taste it to help me figure out what went wrong. The selection of malts and hops are usually top notch. The one time he didn't have the hops i need were due to the hop shortage recently, so thats not his fault. For a small shop, he carries some great equipment and has a great library of recipes. His Dunkleweissen was AWESOME! It's all extract, but it turned out great!!

Faulconerbrewing, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of deg
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

What can I say about Jasper's? Jeff is a good, friendly guy. Easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable about beer. He's got a wide selection of recipes in the store. I've tried one, his Decadence Stout, which I highly recommend. Prices here are reasonable.

Selection is a problem, but that's not Jeff's fault. Blame the State of New Hampshire. Jeff can only sell what the state lets distributors bring into the state. He does the best job he can given the limitations he has to work with.

In addition to beer, wine, beer and winemaking supplies, Jaspers also stocks coffee, spices, and hot sauces. For a little while he stocked coffee roasting equipment and green coffee beans, but I didn't see them last the last time I was there (a week ago).

deg, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

I was able to pop in on this store during a business trip to NH. It was located right near a client.

When you walk in, you can see this is a homebrew, wine and microbrew store. I saw a great selection of homebrew equipment and supplies. I was also able to find some micros I had been searching for; DFH Midas Touch, Immort Ale, etc. Also a great selection of Smuttynose Big A Beer selections, including the Barleywine, DIPA and the Wheat Wine.

The owner was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He told me about the hops shortage which at first was old news to me. However, he did add that many smaller brewerys will be decreasing their selections next year and until the hops shortage abates.

Well worth the stop!

MarkSCCOT, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Holden
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Great Homebrew store. In an age where you can get most things online, I prefer brick and morter supply. Jasper's owner is knowledgeable and friendly and the store has a decent selection of product. I like being able to get liquid extract out of the barrel; this saves some money, and you can get exactly the amount you need.

The selection of micro-brews the store has is impressive as well. There are many I cannot find in my area.

I am not a wine maker, but overheard Jeff talking to several customers with regard to wine making, and I can tell he knows what he is talking about.
I don't live near this store, but always try to stop in when in the area.

Holden, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of dmofot
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

Before trying Jaspers, I think I visited 3 other homebrew shops in the Boston area. None of them gave me a warm fuzzy feeling until I stopped by Jaspers. The shop is small, but has almost all types of grain and a mill if you need. They had an incredible selection of currently hard to find hops in pellets, plugs, and whole leaf. Two fridges hold the hops and yeast, which they carried the dry Fermentis stuff, Wyeast, and White Labs.

Prices were much better than the other shops. I was able to purchase ingredients for 5 different recipes (minus the base grain I already had) for about $50.

The owner was super friendly and even though the shop was busy, he took a few moments to talk to me about what I was making and where I was from. His assistant and friend quickly milled some grains for me and rummaged through some stock to find a grain that wasn't out front.

In addition to being a great homebrew shop, they also sell beer and wine. I picked up a fresh 4 pack of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. The shop also had a local mead maker doing a tasting and selling his meads. So I also picked up a bottle of his Elderberry mead, very tasty.

So I would highly recommend this place. It's probably a 45 minute drive from Boston and well worth it. They have everything an all grain brewer needs and basic kits for new brewers. They even have a file cabinet worth of recipes for people to take home. I'll be back for sure!

dmofot, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of altgeeky1
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

On beer wine and mead, the owner (Jeff) is knowledgeable and helpful. If you have a friend who's actually thinking of some cheap Mister Beer kit... send him here and he'll be all set. Also onsite are supplies for winemaking and mead.

Jaspers also stocks a great selection of bottled specialty beer. If you're looking for the limited-barrel batches of Harpoon, Dogfishhead 120 minute, Rogue etc. -- this is the place to go as many of these beers are barely available in New Hampshire.

Caveat emptor on used keg equipment. A friend of mine bought his first canister there used. Less than 1 year passes and the canister expired. As a steady customer my friend felt pretty burned the owner wouldn't do anything for him. This could be an isolated incident, and I have to say this is the only reason I couldn't give perfect 5.0 scores for everything (I was there). Still highly recommended.

altgeeky1, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of johnnnniee
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Jeff has the best selection of homebrew supplies in the area, and he will passionately talk your ear off about beer, wine, hot sauce, etc. He is a great sounding board for recipe formulations and provides house recipes for those doing extract brews.

He sells a great selection (by NH standards) of microbrewed beers, and will sell mixed six packs. He also sells wine and hot sauces. The beer can collection on the wall is also not to be missed.

Like others have said, Martha's Exchange (a brew pub) is across the street. There is also an Irish Pub, The Peddlers Daughter down the street.

johnnnniee, May 23, 2007
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Jaspers Homebrew & Winemaking in Nashua, NH
97 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.