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18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.59%
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

1578 Main Ave
Clifton, New Jersey, 07011-2160
United States
phone: (973) 340-0628

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Reviews by Flashy:
Photo of Flashy
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Totally disappointed. Slightly above average liquor store. I think Corrado's leans toward wine in a big way and you will never see a great beer selection in either there homebrew or liquor departments. What they do there is remarkable, but there is no great beer mind at work.

More User Reviews:
Photo of muskiesman
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mk_ultra
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ianmatth
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

As far as brewing beer, it really depends on what they have in stock at the moment. The last time I went they had a great selection of extremely fresh yeast, but were out of #6 stoppers and didn't have much of a hop selection. On the other hand , the previous time I went they had a great hop selection. I also bought some better bottles on sale for a great price the first time I went there. I purchase most of my stuff from http://morebeer.com, but at one point Corrado's had hops that they didn't and some at better prices. At this point I'll probably always call ahead to make sure they have what I'm looking for. As far as the help, the guy with the long hair is pretty cool and knowledgeable when it comes to beer.

Photo of koopa
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

The atmosphere is a big open warehouse type facility that is about 30% devoted to beer and about 70% to wine. In this area you find lots of people that like to make their own wine and have been doing so forever. Corrados has been the main place that they go for most of their brewing needs for quite some time.

Quality is fairly standard but not bad. Your not going to find anything high end for beer making (ie Blichmann) here though. They do have wood barrels here which is one of the few positives that come out of this stores wine brewing bias.

Service can be from average to slightly above. I only know of one employee that seems to actually homebrew beer. Almost all of the others I've come across have been more like straight up retail cashiers.

Selection is decent but limited and keeping adequate stock on things just seems like the biggest struggle for this store. I always have to call ahead to check and see if they have what I need in inventory. When I do call, more often then not I find out they don't. Sometimes when I get down to the store I find products that they thought they were out of stock on sitting on the shelves though.

Recently more homebrew shops within a 25 minute driving radius have begun to spring up. These shops seem to be 70% devoted to beer and 30% to wine. Since I focus on making beer I naturally prefer them. Most of the time they have better pricing than Corrado's too btw.

I'll still go to Corrados in a pinch if needed though I prefer not to. Love em or hate em Corrado's has been one of the few places in this particular part of Northern NJ to offer homebrew supplies throughout the years.

Photo of TurtleCove
4.06/5  rDev +30.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Having read the other reviews on here I was very pleasantly surprised on my first, and so far only, visit to Corrado's.
I called ahead to ask if they had bulk sacks of base malts, they did. They very kindly put one each of Muntons Pearl and Weyermann Pilsner on the side for me. When I arrived a few days later the sacks were in a shopping cart waiting for me.
They also have the lowest prices I have ever seen on Better Bottle brand PET carboys, cheaper than anywhere online.
In the end I bought my two sacks of grain, a load of specialty malts, lots of pellet hops and a few bits of hardware.
I was very satisfied with my shopping experience, although I have to cross two toll bridges to get there and back from Queens so it's not an everyday trip.

Photo of valdesd1
2.39/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2

I've been here twice already. First visit The gentlemen there was kind enough to help me get together and fill a recipe. Soon came to realize they were not fully stocked on some things. No wheat DME so we substituted for something else. Overall I paid around $55 for this recipe.

Second time around is when I really got upset. It was bottling day and went in to get some simple things, bottles and priming sugar. Neither of those two items did they have. Seriously? Two basic items you would think any place that sells homebrew supplies would keep tabs on their stock, well apparently not. The one guy who works there seems to have a decent knowledge of homebrewing but he kind seems to assume you're stupid and tries to get you out of his hands in a hurry. I'm not coming back here, sorry.

Considering how close this place is to me, it's what I had to deal with.

Photo of njmoons
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%

After a few unsuccessful trips to get basic stuff I have to downgrade the selection to awful. I have gone in on 5 separate occasions with simple recipes to fill, and have never been able to fill one. One time they are missing yeast (like down to 5 odd yeasts), the next they don't have grains. The latest trip they had no base grains at all. (no 2-row, 6-row, pilsner, Munich) They had 2 lbs of Vienna, I could have made a Yeast Starter. Here is a beautiful store with a great location, owned by a gigantic supermarket and they can't stock grain for the long weekend. Sorry selection is awful.

Corrado's, as has been said, is the only homebrew shop in Northern NJ.

It has a large selection or kits, extracts, some grains, yeasts, eceteras.

If your willing to pay the price they are pretty well stocked on equipment. However they are 20% to 30% more than online. Add tax and subract shipping your still at least 15% to 25% more

Brewing supplies are really hit and miss, sometimes they have a lot, other times they don't. As an extract brewer they generally had what I needed, now as an all-grain brewer, I could never fill a good recipe with their grain selection.

I still go in, when I get caught short, or need to replace a piece of equipment but I have learned to order ahead to save money and frustration.

As for help. There are generally 2 people that work the store. Ike is knowledgeable, and helpful if not a bit gruff (it is NJ after all). The woman is not helpful, unless she is calling for Ike to answer your question.

Seems to me a well stocked homebrew shop in Northern NJ, would do quite well.

Photo of skee1080
1.85/5  rDev -40.7%

as much as i want to like corrado's, beccause it's the only homebrew store near me, i just can't seem to bring myself to it. i keep giving them a second chance and heading over there, but they never have what i need. on top of that, they are exorbitantly expensive, and the staff is unhelpful and rude. i've found that ordering online from the many homebrew websites is cheaper and easier, and i can always get what i want. i think they're known more for their wine-making rather than their brewing, and i feel they need to either ramp up their brewing side or just give up.

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +28.2%

This place has a pretty good selection of beer products, but is really known for its diverse and cultural food offerings, with samples from all over the world... wouldn't really come here with the hopes of finding rare and exotic beer, but this place is worth a try if you're looking for something different... The service is pretty good, but hard to find, and the store is a bit pricey... A little out of the way for me, but I usually go in for the great selection of cheeses from all over the world that go great with different selections of beer... All types of cheese that could satisfy any palate... Apart from that, I've seen a decent selection of wine products from all over the world, which reinforces their diverse selection of offerings...

Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%

Unless you want to order online this is it for you in the Homebrew Dept. They are the only place to get supplies in North Jersey and you will definitely pay for it as they say. They have pretty much anything you need, I never really experienced them being out of stuff, but you are going to have to find it yourself. It deserves mention because it is the only place, but I would rather shop online in this case, and I did when I lived there. Now down here we have some decent shops, but it looks like the drought of homebrew shops has followed me through my travels. It really is not that bad, but what can you do when it is the only game in town right?

Photo of maddogruss
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%

Note: This place is not by the supermarket. It's about a block down at the intersection of Crook Ave and Main ave. It's near the Garden Center and Wholesale location. Giant Corrado's signs will help you locate it.

Finally had time to get to go to this place. Had my ingredients set up for an Oatmeal Stout I wanted to make. It looked like they had mos to fthe stuff I needed, but I could not find everything. They have a decent amount of kits and what not and a decent amount of ingredients, except for whole grains. I could not find where the heck they had some of the malts I needed or where they had hops, if any.

I asked about a capper, and kind of got a grunt from one of the workers. There seemed to be no one to be found. Me and my friend were walking around their beer ingredients aisles, which was only a few (and the aisles are VERY small), and there seemed to be no method to the madness, really. The next time I saw any signs of life was when the guy from the counter apparently came back to tell me they were closing. They close at 8 PM, even though I called ahead of time and they told me nine.

At any rate, I probably will go back there again as it's like the only place I know of, but I will probably try Gaslight in East Orange as well as order online.

The stuff was a bit overpriced as well, but they have a slight monopoly in the area on this stuff.

Photo of Brandegee
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%

I recently arrived to New Jersey and was relieved to find there is actually a homebrew store here. Living in Jersey City, I'd have preferred using public transportation to get to a store, but nobody at Little Shop of Hops answers the phone.

Anyway, after tearing myself away from a phenomenal selection of meats and cheeses I found the homebrew store tucked behind the garden store. At first I thought "this is nirvana!" but quickly realized most of this stuff was for wine...this truly is a great store for winemakers. Nobody seemed to know much about beermaking, only where things are kept. I found what I needed, but I certainly won't be buying much equipment here... there's a significant markup. As for hard-to-find ingredients - bitters, unusual adjuncts - there's some good stuff here.

Look for the half-price stuff...I picked up a holiday ale kit for very cheap, as well as some crystal chocolate malt for a porter I'll be making. The guy at the front counter took forever to ring up four items. I'll definitely be back for the food market, but otherwise I may stick to online.

Photo of taeagan
2.4/5  rDev -23.1%

As has been stated before, this is the only place in north jersey. As far as homebrew equipment goes, Corrado's has had just about anything I've ever needed. Definitely a big markup over online/catalog prices, but what do you expect.

My real problem with Corrado's comes with the consistency of their selection. Any time I've ever been in there, they're just about all out of something. If they have the malt and the yeast that I need, the hops are picked bare. If they have the hops I need, their specialty malts are slim pickings. Long story short, if you go into Corrado's with a list of things you need for a recipe, be prepared with a list of substitutes for every ingredient.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention the service. The ladies that work there are helpful. If the only person in there is the guy at the counter - and you know who I'm talking about - forget it. He has no information about anything, can't answer questions, and will then take 15 minutes to ring up a stopper and a vial of yeast.

Photo of dherling
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%

If you're in Northern NJ, this is just about the only place locally that you can go to. It seems the owners of Corrado's Family affair know this, and it reflects in the service. This store caters mostly to wine enthusiasts, with a large selection of grapes and pre-pressed juices of several different varietals. They sell presses, mixing/holding tanks, corkers, books, clothing, everyhting you would want. When the fresh harvest comes in for the fall, watch out. This place is a amd house and attracts about a billion flies, and only slightly less old Italian men. For the average home brewer looking to make a five gallon batch, you can pretty much find whatever you're looking for. All malt and extract brewers rejoice. They do sell grain, but they do not offer grising/cracking services, which I have heard some places do. If you're looking for basic stuff, you'll fins it. They even have a lot of unusual things at times, like agave nectar and fruit puress. They will even carry heather, candied orange, candied ginger, licorice, and other btitering agents. There are starter kits, and all sizes of containers from 1 gallon to 1000. Mini bottles, 12 oz, 22 oz, grolsch type glasses, labels, caps, pretty much whatever you need, even filtering systems with different size filters if you need it. For home distillers, they also carry turbo yeast and pot stills. There is a guy, I think his name was Tony, who knows his stuff. He's more of a wine guy, but he knows beer a well. He's part of the family, and now seems to spend more of his time over at the bulk food market than he does at the homebrew store. No one else there really knows what they're talking about, and for the most part, they are glorified register people.

In summary, you will probably find what you are looking for, as long as you know what you're looking for. Don't expect good, competent, or useful help from anyone. The selection is pretty big, but if you're loooking for an obscure item, call ahead. Who knows, they might have it. If they don't, forego ordering it through them. It's a nightmare everytime.

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%

This place sells both beer & wine making equipment, supplies and ingredients, yet I'm sure more of their business comes from wine makers... they seem to be crushing grapes whenever I go. However, for as many complaints as I've heard in the past (and bad experiences myself), they are improving significantly. They have been well-stocked on my past few visits... in hops, malt, extract and liquid yeast. But you need to be prepared to have backups when you go... if you only have one recipe in mind, they may just be missing a key ingredient you need. And you need to know what you are doing... they provide very little help or guidance for the amateur homebrewer, which is a shame because by turning more people onto it, they would gain and keep more customers.

Anyhow, it's relatively close and convenient for me, and means not dealing with the wait or shipping charges when ordering from catalogs & websites. And they have reasonably priced beer kits and a homebrewer's starter kit of supplies... many of which I still use from my intial purchase. Just wish they had more enthousiasm about what they sell...

Photo of jclovebrew
3.4/5  rDev +9%

{Review for the homebrew store]
Very good selection when it comes to equipment. Decent selection of malts and hops. If you go to this store, make sure you know exactly what you're looking for and that you don't have any questions. I always have a hard time getting any help. Worse yet, there's one particular guy who works there (perhaps not any more) who would consistently give me the wrong answers to any question I would ask. Also worth noting, this store is across the street from the market and liquor store, near the garden supply store.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%

Well, if they turned their market into a beer store, it would be heaven on earth. Unfortunately, the beer/liqour store is tucked away in a pretty small building attached to the market. Micros are a bit under represented, but there are a whole lot of imports. There are a few fridges filled with bottle conditioned brews.

Everything is kept fresh as far as I have seen, so quality is pretty good. There is not really anyone to talk to about beer though. Usually just one person at the counter to ring you up. No real opinions or information on beer. I will have to say that they are polite and will answer any questions they happen to know the answer to. If you are in Jersey, Corrado's is a place to go. Not necessarily for the beer store. The market has a lot of great meats, cheeses, and so on. There is also a homebrew shop, among a bunch of other shops.

Corrado's Market in Clifton, NJ
79 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.