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Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply

Northern Brewer Homebrew SupplyNorthern Brewer Homebrew Supply
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58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 11.26%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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taez555

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Review of the on-line store.

Northern Brewer has a wide selection including just about everything you would want for any recipe. All your basic malts, hops, yeast strains, prepackaged ingredient kits, gear, wine making supplies, glassware, books, etc. Just recently they added some new malts and hops including smoked malt, which I’ve always found to be a rarity from homebrew shops. The few kits I’ve used are spot on and have come out as some of the better beers I’ve brewed.

The site layout is very user friendly (no crazy Flash or sub-basic HTML) with pictures and full descriptions with most items. Full recipes and ingredients are listed with all the beer kits. I really like this and find it to be a great brewing tool. You can learn something as well as compare a recipe you may be planning in the same style.

I’ve been ordering, almost exclusively, from Northern Brewer for about 3 years. Shipments are always prompt (usually 7 days from order placement to arrival in Boston) and items are always fresh and arrive intact (even in 90+ degree weather). Also they send a UPS tracking # immediately following the purchase so you’ll know the exact day to expect it. (A big plus if you’re planning to brew on a specific day).

Although they may not carry some more obscure items, for a homebrew shop they really are one of the best. Good service, a host of ingredient and gear options, competitive prices, quick shipping and a very intuitive website layout bring me back to Northern Brewer over and over again.

04-23-2005 10:21:17 | More by taez555
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bbkreger

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -55%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 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
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Wendigo

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

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
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

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
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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
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arboristfish

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +12.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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brow1901

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

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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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I too have never been to the store but like most others, have ordered from them on several occations.

I typically like my LHBS the best (More Beer) because of the easy and quick access to stuff and questions I have can be answered quick. Plus it's nice to just talk beer with the guys over there. But sometimes they don't have something I need or I want a particular brand they don't carry and that's where northern brewer comes in.

I have noticed that each home brew supply place has their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to carrying certain products but I try and buy all I can from More Beer and then if there us something special I order it from northern brewer. Like Wyeast special release strains of yeast for example.

Shipping is fast and only $8 no matter how much you order.

Prices are pretty much the same as More Beer but just like a grocery store, they each have some things cheaper and more expensive than others. So if your gunna do an order any way and pay for the shipping, you might as well order the things you need that you know they have cheaper.

Overall I say always support you LHBS if you have one but if you need something special, you can't go wrong with Northern Brewer

01-12-2010 09:57:11 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Brettster

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

First off, I have never been inside the store, but I have ordered homebrew supplies from Northern Brewer on several occassions. Typically if I am ordering supplies online, this is the first site that I check out before any others. I have found the ingreadients to always be fresh and good quality. They have a great selection of just about any ingredient or oddball part or tool that you need. I would recommend this store to anyone shopping online for supplies. Support your local homebrew shops if you can though.

11-20-2009 15:52:27 | More by Brettster
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Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply in Saint Paul, MN
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