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Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply

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Northern Brewer Homebrew SupplyNorthern Brewer Homebrew Supply

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.21%
[ Homebrew Store ]

1150 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105-2628
United States
phone: (651) 291-8849

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Reviews by bucko:
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Due largely to the fact that both shops are excellent, my review of NB is about the same as the one I did of Midwest. As I've said before, I tried a variety of homebrew shops when I first started brewing, but I keep on returning to the local shops because we've got some of the best shops in the nation here in Minnesota. Northern Brewer is no exception. Quality is top-notch. Their grain, hops and yeast are always fresh and thankfully in-stock. In-store service is always good, too. The place is staffed by enthusiastic brewers who are friendly and willing to lend a hand. The selection is great, too. They have a wide variety of ingredient kits and though I haven't made one for a couple of years, they were always really good. Their grain, hop and yeast selection cover all of the bases (and more) and they've always had everything I've needed for just about every recipe. The equipment selection is also quite good, with everything from kegging equipment to grain mills to Better Bottles. Overall, a really great shop.

11-29-2006 03:54:12 | More by bucko
More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

06-18-2014 21:31:19 | More by Jimandhisbeerd
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

04-20-2014 22:51:52 | More by AmandaSchaefer
Photo of bbkreger


2/5  rDev -55.2%

They cherry-pick which reviews to show on their site. I asked them about this practice and they said they don't post "inaccurate reviews". I asked them how a review can be inaccurate when it's how the customer feels/thinks of their product. No response.

Don't trust them!

04-16-2014 12:14:20 | More by bbkreger
Photo of Wendigo


5/5  rDev +12.1%

Best place to get homebrew supplies. The staff will be more than happy to assist with every aspect of homebrewing besides actually brewing it. It's a retail store but by no means are the staff pushy. They let you buy what you wanna buy but if you've got questions they'll certainly answer them for you. Product is always fresh and the place is always packed. I'll never go anywhere else

07-18-2013 01:24:02 | More by Wendigo
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.43/5  rDev -0.7%

Came here to buy all grain equipment. First time here. It's cozy. I didn't understand that you have to ask for things on the shelf and they'll get the boxes with new equipment down. It was 45 minutes before closing on a Monday night and the two younger people working seemed tired, but perked up when I asked questions about buying big pieces of equipment.

Lots of space on the shelves for extract boxed recipe kits. There was a large wine brewing space to the left and a slightly smaller homebrewing room off to the right. Hats and shirts hung up on the wall. More hops in one place than I've ever seen. I also have never been to any other homebrew shop as big.

Prices are comparable to Midwest Brewing as I looked up both online. Still haven't been to Midwest to make a judgement as to which is better.

Overall my experience was nice, I got the people to help me with specific questions, even though I had to use the display equipment to explain the attachment from valve to false bottom. Although, the young man did ask me if I wanted the nozzle. I would have missed that one. I got what I needed and they even helped carry everything out to my vehicle.

02-21-2013 10:21:23 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


4.36/5  rDev -2.2%

One of my homebrew go-to's. The staff here is excellent. I cannot walk around the place for 10 minutes without half a dozen people offering help (in a good way, not car salesman-ish.)

The grain room is a joy and I am very thankful for the use of the grain crusher (free).

Selection is very good. Most everything you'd need for brewing or winemaking is on the sales floor. Some of the smaller items I have looked for (i.e. fermenter pail grommets) etc. weren't around but maybe I didn't look hard enough.

The kit selection is great, including the Surly, Townhall, anf Lakeshore clone kits. I don't tend to use kits these days but recently did their RyePA and was ver pleased.

Great place all around to stop in at and hang with the brew junkies!

11-19-2011 19:39:29 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of syrupjoe


4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

I got my first kit from NB and have since learned a lot from their staff and their website! They've got a lot of great recipe kits, both extract and all-grain as well as a solid grain room. The store can get a bit cramped at times (it's pretty small), but that just encourages everyone to get their fellow homebrewers better.

My only complaint is that they could have a larger selection when it comes to certain supplies - they only have one color of caps, for example.

All of the employees are super knowledgeable, and many of them are a part of the local homebrewing scene (as opposed to just being there to earn money). I'm lucky to have these guys just 15 minutes down the street!

05-03-2011 04:04:14 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of arboristfish


5/5  rDev +12.1%

This is an awesome home brew shop! They have a huge selection of malt, hops, and yeast. I havent been to a bigger home brew shop than this. The staff are friendly and more than willing to help you out with any questions you have about brewing beer. They carry all kinds of equipment for brewing beer, and for making wine and mead. They also carry equipment for creating a draft system. The prices are very reasonable. Ive compared prices with other major home brew shops and they are competitive. I dont make it over to the shop very often, I usually end up ordering my ingredients and any equipment I need. The shipping service they provide is excellent.

11-12-2010 15:59:56 | More by arboristfish
Photo of brow1901


4.35/5  rDev -2.5%

Nice place, staff is helpful not only in finding everything you need but they also help in formulating recipes and suggesting/explaining equipment. They have a nice selection of equipment and recipe kits. However some places have better varieties of hops and additives. Although I don't have a kegerator, NB seems to have an extensive supply of everything you would ever need to turn your home into a bar. The quality of their ingriedients is good as far as I've seen, all the extracts I've purchased have been less than a month old, same with the yeasts. The hops are stored in the fridge in nice nitrogen sealed bags. I might be a bit concerned about some of the kits, especially the unpopular ones because the hops are stored in the kits, it says when the kit was made but it doesn't give the date of the ingridents within the kit.

They also carry supplies for wine and mead making.

02-01-2010 05:32:07 | More by brow1901
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Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply in Saint Paul, MN
98 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.