Philly Homebrew Outlet
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nick and Jimmy have really grown the business since taking over for Barry ~2 years ago. They have a great selection of ingredients and equipment and work well with Philly Homebrew Club on events and off great bulk buys for grain. Free Parking is awesome to.
01-27-2014 15:33:46 | More by Coff
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
All of the existing reviews for this place seem totally outdated since they all seem to be referencing the previous location.
Barry's is no longer the small shop that was located in South Philly, it's now a very spacious homebrew shop located in Northern Liberties. The space is much bigger than it was before. Jimmy and Nick now run the place and they're both really cool guys. They'll listen to your ideas and give you suggestions while still allowing you to express your creativity as a homebrewer. On most days, they'll probably give you a beer of their own that they brewed to help you figure out what you want to make.
They have pretty much any malt, yeast strain, or breed of hops that you could ask for. If I wanted to make a beer with a mix of acid and smoked malts that's balanced with Sorachi Ace and Citra hops and fermented with a Brett/Lacto yeast strain. That would be a horrible mix, but I could probably get any one of those things anytime that I go there at a way better price than anywhere else in the city or online after factoring in shipping.
So whether you're an advanced homebrewer looking for expert advice and a variety of ingredients or a beginner looking for some tips or direction, Barry's is the best homebrew shop in the Philly area to turn to.
07-14-2012 02:57:50 | More by jonvan04
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Barry's is located a few blocks from my house so it is my got to homebrew shop.
What the place may lack in size, Barry makes up for in his knowledge and ability to work with all levels of homebrewers. It is a bit small and probably could be cleaned a bit more often, but everything you need for most beers is there. It definitely has all of the basic equipment and ingredients, but may lack a few of the more specialized pieces and specialty grains.
Barry provides quality service, he can answer most questions, may have a bit of an opinion in certain aspects of the brewing process but nonetheless is very willing to assist the brewer in decisions and ideas. I prefer his style to those of a few of the other shops. Its no nonsense and bit more do it yourself, Barry let's the customers mill their own grains.
Selection is above just basic kits and below having every little bit of equipment and ingredient. He keeps a very good selection of the Brewer's Best kits in stock, has most yeasts and all of the major grains. I have not really needed anything specialty grain that has not had, but tends to have more general categories rather than all types of specialty.
Finally, the value is great. He is easily 20% cheaper than home sweet homebrew for grains, yeast, and equipement. this makes him my primary store and will as long as that continues.
12-11-2010 17:21:50 | More by mvanaskie13
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I like Barry, he's a very nice guy that knows where everything is and can offer recommendations on things. If you disagree with any advice he gives you, he'll respectfully try to persuade you of his point. The selection here is pretty good for a lower level brewer or beginner, but there is not a whole lot of the advanced or all grain brewer. The prices here are very good compared to other homebrew stores in the area, the same or less in price for most products, and comparable to what you can find online.
I think I go to Home Sweet Homebrew more often because it's more convenient from where I live and work, but Barry's has a good selection of products, many Brewer's Best extract kits, fresh White Labs liquid yeast slugs, and a lot of gadgets and odd equipment. Also, I find Barry's to be more messy and difficult to just browse. It is especially hard, if you are sending a friend or significant other to pick something up for you while you are brewing.
07-24-2010 17:58:55 | More by Soonami
3.65/5 rDev -13.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
my first reaction when entering this place was that this place was a complete mess. stuff is everywhere. maybe it was just this particular time i stopped by to check it out, but things seemed rather unorganized and all over the place. the sliding shelves are a bit confusing because it makes the place seem as if there isn't a lot to choose from or much stock at all. luckily, barry's a pretty nice guy and very friendly and easy going. after some help from barry my friend and i were able to find what we needed for the most part. could use a better selection of liquid yeast (different types in stock, not brands), but barry had white labs so that made me happy. the prices are also the best i've seen for just about anything you need at a homebrew store.
outside of the disorganization and somewhat messy condition, this place ain't to bad.
06-12-2008 16:52:58 | More by fishtownhxc
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in Barry's for the first time not too long ago. For me, it is a 45 minute bus ride to get there, so I had high hopes. While the shop is TINY, he does have a very good selection of beer, wine soda, etc. making supplies and all at very good prices. The man seems to know what he's talking about and was very friendly and helpful. The day I was in, they were even brewing up a "kitchen sink" batch, using all the leftover ingredients they had sitting around. Mmmm...
If you happen to be in the area, you should definitely stop in to check his shop out. And when you're done there, you can check out Bell's Beverage right down the street.
12-08-2006 15:32:57 | More by trinitone
4/5 rDev -5.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Was driving through south philly (stopped for a steak cheese @ Ginos) and drove by this small corner Home brew and wine shop. The shelves were well stocked with every Home Brewing supply you could need, also alot of wine making supplies and ingredients evident. The owner was super friedly and informative. He does alot of wine making stuff in the fall and home brewing is getting going again after the warm summer months, so the shop was buzzing with a handfull of customers. Nice website is attached to the listing. Good resource for Philly area Brewers
09-22-2004 02:29:42 | More by Billolick
Philly Homebrew Outlet in Philadelphia, PA
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.