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Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply

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Northern Brewer Homebrew SupplyNorthern Brewer Homebrew Supply
BA SCORE
98
world-class

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 10.99%
[ Homebrew Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @northern_brewer

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Reviews by mdwalsh:
Photo of mdwalsh
5/5  rDev +12.1%

No reason to rate this place anything but perfect, my favorite place to stop on Grand. Of course, the kits are simply amazing and taste great without being too difficult. I like the way its all laid out so simply right on the box. All the equipment they sell is good quality and clean. And they have pretty much any equipment one could need.

The service is great. I've gone in there just for quick stuff, known what I needed and been in and out. I've also gone in there with no idea what I need, and been talked through just about everything I would need to do in a very understandable way.

The owner is a great guy, and allowed us to use his store as a drop off point for our Homebrew Club's competition even though we're in St. Cloud and don't frequent the store that much. He also knows his stuff. As I understand it -he was one of my professor's college neighbor- he went to Scotland in college and interned at a brewery, came back knowing he wanted to do something with beer, convinced two other college friends to invest in him, and turned that into Northern Brewer.

mdwalsh, Aug 06, 2009
More User Reviews:
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ohiobeer29, Sep 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Jimandhisbeerd, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 20, 2014
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!

bbkreger, Apr 16, 2014
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

Wendigo, Jul 18, 2013
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.

Erdinger2003, Feb 21, 2013
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!

ForWhatAlesYou, Nov 19, 2011
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!

syrupjoe, May 03, 2011
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.

arboristfish, Nov 12, 2010
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