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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I want to preface by stating that I buy all of my base grain and hops via the internet.
I usually shop here for specialty grain, yeast, DME for starters, one time use stuff (like sanitizer, bottle caps), and any multi-use stuff that I happen to break.
Everything is well organized and usually in stock. Place is as clean as you could hope for as all the messy stuff is done in the back. There was one time that I needed 3 lbs of roasted barley and they only had 2 lbs left, but that was an isolated occurence. Yeast is always reasonably fresh.
The people there are easy to talk to and I usually enjoy shooting the shit about what I'm making and they always seem interested (or at least feign well). Any question I ask is met with a decent response, though I wouldn't ask too many questions about the brewing process.
Selection is fine. They have everything you could need, but not always many options. Reasonably large selection of White Labs yeast. Most types of specialty malts and variety of crystal malts (20, 40, 60, 80, 90, 120). They also have plenty of non-essentials such as a dozen or so colors of wax. Plenty of wine crap too if that's your thing.
Prices are average for just about everything. $7 yeast vials, $1.80-$2.00 per pound of grain (any type), and $2.00 per oz of hops. The DME is quite expensive at $13-$15 for 3 lbs. I couldn't imagine buying it at that price for anything other than starter making. They do have a great deal on sanitizer though. The original bucket (which is a good year's supply) is about $15, but they refill it for $4 or something close to that. Also, they usually have a deal on hops where you can get a pound of selected varieties mix and match for $20.
06-07-2010 17:52:41 | More by DavoleBomb
More User Reviews:
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
First off, I will admit the opening time of 11:30 am through me a bit, but i guess i am an early riser?
Shop is rather on the small side as far as brewing supplies, seems to lean more towards tha wine making, hence the name?
Very neat an organized. Great selection of specialty grains. Had a few sacks of base malt which made me happy. Yeast selection was very good.
Hops not so much ,but indicative of the times.
Everything seemed fresh as well.
Prices were reasonable and I will visit again.
Hoefully i wont have to wait half a day for them to open.
11-29-2008 00:04:05 | More by dmamiano
3/5 rDev -16.4%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
Located in North Hills, this shop has everything you would need to start brewing your own beer and wine. If you are new to brewing and have a lot of questions, this might not be the place for you. This establishment seems to be more geared toward wine makers but non the less, you can find what you need. They do have dry malt by the pound and just about all the grains you can think of. After visiting all the homebrew shops in Pgh, I would say that this place is a little over priced. Also, they do charge you 10 cents/pound to grind your grains.
06-09-2003 06:47:00 | More by grainger5
Country Wines in Pittsburgh, PA
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.