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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
4/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Props to AlaBrew. Kim and Sun Ae are husband and wife proprietors, and good folks. Both know homebrewing, be it beer, wine, or mead. They are helpful and carry a great selection. I'm glad to have a LHBS not too far from me, especially considering the anti-beer culture that pervades the Bible Belt.
Kim also heads up the local brewclub and hosts the monthly meetings. Very fun and informative.
If you live in the nothern half of Alabam, this is pretty much it. You get your stuff at AlaBrew, online, or not at all. I prefer to support the local guy as much as possible.
07-08-2005 18:02:33 | More by Bonhoeffer
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Nice LHBS. Owners Kim and SunAe are nice and very helpful. They were able to answer all questions my friends and I could throw at them. Their website is outdated by I'd rather drive there since I'm only about 20mins away. I'm sure you can find things cheaper online but I prefer supporting local businesses. Thanks Kim and SunAe keep up the great work.
06-17-2014 04:12:54 | More by B33rcules
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I have not been to the new location. They have moved about the same time I also moved. I now live 12 hours away but still use them several times a year. I like how I can email them my order and they get it out the same day. Very friendly with a few jabs thrown in. I will continue to order from them in the future. Wish they would update their website. Little outdated.
07-23-2013 20:57:04 | More by Shadowpaige64507
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
This is a decent homebrew supply store operated by a very nice couple. They've always been very helpful & knowledgeable. However, I have nearly completely stopped using them because they are located about an hour away from me and because their prices really are hard for me to swallow. Their base malt price is $1.85/lb. Given that you can find it much, much cheaper online (even when shipping cost is included in the equation), I could afford it anymore. Their prices were 50% higher than several online retailers. When I add in gas money to drive an hour and tax, it was just too much. It's too bad, cause I really like & believe in supporting my local HBS. If the pricing were a little bit closer . . . .
08-31-2009 20:07:17 | More by mklinger
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Tried Alabrew for the first time this past weekend. It was a little hard to find, but once we did it was like an oasis in the desert. This couple knows their stuff. I even called out to the shop on Thursday with an order and they had it bagged and waiting on me when I dropped by on Saturday. Prices are competitive, especially when you factor in that you're not paying shipping. They had everything I needed and then some. I will definitely be going back to Alabrew in the very near future. Many thanks to Kim and SunAe for the friendly, knowledgeable and courteous service.
07-17-2007 21:31:16 | More by Bamabrew22
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My first brew store, but they had everything I was looking for and were very friendly. I asked a lot of questions and told him I knew I would have more or need to be re-told, so he gave me his card and told me to call. Their website has an online store with their selection. I'll be back there as long as I don't blow up the place with this batch.
I was a little sad that they have the only brew store in this half of the state, but I think they're all you need. They seemed to have an incredible selection of hops and additives. All the malt extracts were in the back so I didn't get to see all that. It's probably on their website, though.
10-14-2006 05:04:22 | More by Poser
4/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I am reviewing Alabrew mainly to give everyone the following tip: If you call ahead, Kim or Sun Ae will begin getting your order ready for you, which is very helpful on Saturdays when the store is more busy. My only complaint about the store is that it lacks a little in the malt selection. Generally they have the hops needed, but occassionally they run out of that too. Hard to fault them though, as the business is truly a labor of love. The owners put a lot of work into keeping the only homebrew store in the Birmingham area open for business. They can be helpful in giving advice as well. The store also has wine and mead accessories.
11-30-2005 22:49:00 | More by dnrobert24
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
The first and only review, but I felt obligated since I had it added. Its also my first and only brewshop, so I dont have much to go on as far as comparisons. They are in the middle of a remodel, so things will be more organized later. Extremely helpful, great selection and variety, and prices are competitive. Considering their only competition is the internet, its a great asset for a new brewer to have a person to ask questions to and receive advice from. They also host a brewclub's monthly meetings and annual cookouts. No surprises, the website is thorough with list of items and prices.
03-05-2003 09:49:37 | More by au1sec
AlaBrew in Pelham, AL
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.