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Baccus & Barleycorn Ltd.

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9 Ratings
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.44%
[ Homebrew Store ]

6633 Nieman Rd
Shawnee, Kansas, 66203-3329
United States
phone: (913) 962-2501

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Reviews by karst:
Photo of karst
4.65/5  rDev +11%

One of the best laid out HBS that I have encountered. A separate area or cove for each process or ingredient. Staff are very efficient and knowledgeable. Owners have great understanding of wine and beer and can offer valuable information about brewing ingredients, equipment and processes.

Fresh malts, hops and yeast are evident. Nice location was easy to find.

Jackie Rager and his wife are pioneers in American Homebrewing and are well known in US. (ever hear of Rager method of IBU calculation?). Making mead, beer or wine you going to find great support and a lot of value for the buck.

One nice touch was about 10 years of Zymurgy magazines as part of their reference library.

Did not find all that I was looking for but they were glad to order or recommend alternatives.

karst, Feb 24, 2009
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Photo of Ragingbull
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%

I just recently moved to this area from the Twin Cities. I visited the Bacchus and Barleycorn homebrew shop to get my operation up and running again now that the boxes are unpacked and the house is organized. I found a decent number of kits premade with malt and grains available for sale "a la carte" as well. I have yet to sample any of the products I have made with the ingredients purchased here and would like to reserve the right to edit this review down the road. I was very impressed with the customer service. The gentleman that I dealt with was attentive and answered questions. I did click "a bit pricey" just because every kit was priced higher than any kit I made in Minnesota. I don't think its a fair comparison however and will likely adjust my viewpoint once I get settled into the homebrew culture here. I believe that the cause of the higher prices is that the malt extracts are all packaged before they arrive at his store while some shops buy "drums" of malt extract and repackage it. I am happy to have found a place that I can "poke around" as I continue to try and improve my brewing skills.

Ragingbull, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of bort11
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

This was my first time to a home brew shop, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I know from experience that most specialty shops can be very insular and wary of non-regulars. Even though I'm not very familiar with Kansas, I was able to find the place easy enough. The weather was nice so the front doors were open to let in the cool evening air. Inside it was very well lit and incredibly CLEAN! It took me a second to comprehend that there wasn't a speck of dust anywhere. I have three kids and two dogs, I have come to accept my life will be covered in some sort of grubbiness. Not here. Everything was well organized and there was no clutter on the shelves. They seem to understand that there is such a thing as too much inventory.

The lady behind the counter spotted the recipe in my hand, and shooed an employee over to help me. The kid (who I'm not sure he's old enough to drink) was really nice, but it did seem like he was new on the job. He knew the layout of the store and helped me gather the things I need, but seemed a little unsure on the register. It's cool. The other lady was really patient and walked him through it. I ended up getting a Basic Starter Kit, plus some extra grain and Cascade hops for the recipe. All together it was about $100

bort11, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

I had the day of Friday and had just read about found this place on BA, so I decided to make the trip out to Lenexa and give this place a visit. I didn't need anything, since I had just brewed the weekend before but hey, I like homebrewing. This place is really easy to find, unlike some of the other homebrew shops in the area. As I walked in bells announced my entrance and instantly a lady poked here head out of the office and asked how I was doing and if I was looking for anything specifically. I let her know that I was just looking and that I had heard about this place from BA. She asked me about 4 more times if I needed help, and she explained the outline of the store to me. The selection seems a little less then I would have expected. There wasn't much in terms of specialty grains or kegging equipment but hey, this is KS. This place seemed in line with the other homebrew shop in the area. More expensive the online but hey, that's what you get for buying local. I will also note that the hours of this place are the best for a homebrew shop in the area. I will definitely be going back out there.

hwwty4, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.5%

This is a pretty nice homebrew shop that is pretty easy for me to get to from my brother-in-laws house. First and foremost, I think the service is very good. The staff is friendly and very helpful. I had a lot of questions and they were quick to assist my needs. The products I have picked up there have been ones. They pre-package kits with a recipes and supplies. The one drawback of the store is that it appears to have a limited selection. I hoped for more from a store in the Kansas City area. Overall, though it is a great place for a novice or beginning homebrewer.

zeff80, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of elmocoso
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

This is the local homebrew shop for my brother n law and he hits it pretty regularly. I with him, once, to check it out and was glad to see a homebrew shop that was actually in a attractive location with plenty of room. Most places it seems cant afford the prime locations.

The woman behind the counter was very friendly and was available if we needed her. There was plenty of literature...books and such, plenty of ingredients, and plenty of equipment for both brewing and making wine.

The only thing i didn't care for was the bulk grains were behind the counter, but she would pull what you wanted and grind them, for a fee.

Overall, a one of the better HBS i have seen, but the kits were pricey. This is made up for by the price of the yeast, which was around a dollar for a smack-pack, if i remember correctly.

elmocoso, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Visited on two occasions. Once to pick up a kit and some other items to start homebrewing, and today to get some other items for a second batch. Service has been outstanding on either occasion (store empty to allow for pretty much one on one help). Tips for brewing, hop/malt choices. Knowledge of items on shelf, extremely helpful for a newbie.
As for selection, they stock a good amount of malts, grains, hops (some only in fresh or plug form), yeasts (Wyeast as they claim to be the most popular and White Labs). Yeasts (liquid) and hops were all refrigerated and well packaged. I was able to have my grains cracked which was super helpful. They have in store beer kits put together (I've yet to try them) which is nice for those looking for a generic white or dubbel or pale. Very little I can't get there that's brewing specific that I know of. They actively help out the local homebrew club to add to other reviews. This is a store I will continue to shop for all my supplies and I'm glad to have one so nearby.

dreadnatty08, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of mgdeth
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Friendly service and good advice and selection are the hallmarks of this store. I recommend it to homebrewers in the KC area.

The vibe I got from this place is a little different than other homebrew stores I have visited. Not bad, just different. For example, I don't recall seeing a hop freezer, bulk malt extract barrels, or a yeast refigerator. (Maybe my memory stinks.) If ingredients are what you are looking for, this is something the folks working there will grab for you. This is not a problem, of course, but most other stores have this sort of stuff on display. Equipment is within easy reach. I noticed that they cater very well to winemakers - they have wine presses galore.

The store is neat and clean, and the owners are heavily involved in the local (and I believe national) beer and winemaking scene. This is a great place to get some local Kansas honey for mead making. Definitely worth checking out.

mgdeth, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of texascarl
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Nice store, clean & easy to find what I'm looking for. Good service, friendly staff. Selection? They've always got whatever I'm looking for, that's good enough for me. They're also big sponsors for the local brew club ( http://www.kcbiermeisters.org/ ) and that makes them aces in my book.

texascarl, Apr 06, 2003
Baccus & Barleycorn Ltd. in Shawnee, KS
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.