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Culver City Home Brewing Supply Co.

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BA SCORE
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14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 19.36%
[ Homebrew Store ]

4358 1/2 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, California, 90230
United States
phone: (310) 397-3453

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Reviews by MiScusi:
Photo of MiScusi
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

When I started homebrewing (within the last year), this was the place that I decided I would go to. The first time I went there, I let the guy who was working know that I was just getting into homebrewing and wanted to make the store's Pale Ale. The guy was very nice in setting me up with the equipment and all the ingrediants, and I felt it was relatively inexpensive. In fact, I was looking at 5 gallon stainless steel brewpots at Target, and they were all $40-50, but the one I got at this brew shop was only about $20, and it has worked great.

They have a nice selection of grains and yeasts, although since I haven't been to any other brew shops i'm not sure how it would compare. I recommend this shop, especially for the friendly service.

MiScusi, Mar 16, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Souleman
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%

Kevin helped me pick out my first brew kit with all the right pieces to make beer properly.
As we went through picking out the hops, malt, sugar, yeast and other elements, he explained the process, what options were out there for brewing and how to use each ingredient.
I really got the sense that he was into brewing and wanted to pass along some knowledge to see others enjoying the process and coming out with different products.
I am going to take a course with them next week, and will begin brewing during the weekend.
I know I will continue to go to CCHBSC just because I know a high level of detail is taken into consideration.

Souleman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
2.15/5  rDev -47.3%

The quality of the materials are ok, but they don't have a huge selection. However, the worst part is the service. One of the guys who works there is a jerk. He thinks he knows everything there is to know about brewing and will ask you condescending questions about your recipe and will roll his eyes or make sarcastic comments when yo are putting things together. Plus, if you have ever tried their beers, they are not very good! I try not to go to this place when I don't have to. There are other options that have bigger selections and better service.

3HovsepiansBrews, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of spoons
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

A great shop with great service if you live in LA. It costs about the same if you were to order online (with shipping) but I would rather support the shop.

They may not have the best selection in the world but its good enough to make most beers and they will definitely help you if you need it.

They also host the Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club once a month in the back of their shop which is also a really nice benefit of having this store around.

Overall the shop could be a little better by offering more but they make up for that with a huge ammount of customer service and knowledge.

spoons, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

So this is officially my homebrew shop. Location, location, location, as usual.

Quality - Plenty of equipment, hops, yeast, malt, all the good stuff. It's pretty dusty in general, and some of the equipment especially seems to have had better days. Got a homebrew kit from them and it wasn't bad, although the connection between the bottling cane and the tube is incredibly frustrating. Some things definitely seem to have been kind of throw together.

Service - Sort of hit and miss. Usually there's only one guy on, so if he's helping someone else you may wait awhile. But they are very attentive and helpful, are happy to give pointers or suggest recipes. They also answer questions over the phone and have homebrew classes. Very passionate, cool people.

Selection - Not bad, but not mind-blowing either. They have one model of whatever it is your looking for, so you either have to settle for what they have, or get it elsewhere. Good variety of hops, yeast, and malts which is great. Fairly limited extract, and very limited additional goodies. Seems sort of random, honestly. Like they'll have a single jar of dried orange peel or something just chilling on a shelf.

I really like the people, and they've got everything you need. But it's not all top quality, and it's sort of haphazardly thrown together. Which I generally don't mind, but I'd like to at least have the option to buy the high-end model. Even if it's likely that I won't. You can get what you need, and if you want something more, that's what the internets are for.

callmescraps, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of originalsin
4.65/5  rDev +14%

This is the first and only homebrew shop I've frequented. The service has always been exceptional-its so great being in there, chatting with the owner and sampling some of their recently brewed beers-most of which are exceptional. The malt extract selection in there is the only thing that has ever left me wanting. All in all, culver city homebrew is a great store I'd recommend to anyone.

I've yet to join pacific gravity, and its been a long time coming, but ill be sure to go ahead and do that very soon. The website is quite good too. It gives you a good idea of what to expect-some great deals among other things.

originalsin, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of ssam
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

this is the LHBS i frequent often. they are really helpfull but once i was there and he was a little bit of a smart ass to me which i didnt appreciate (issolated incident though). they have really good selections of gear, hops, yeast, and grains. i feel they are lacking in a wide selection of dry and liquid malt extracts, so i cant give their selection grade a 5.

all in all, i like this place-- the owner is really friendly and knowledgeable. i recommend this homebrew store to any advanced or beginner homebrewer looking for what they need.

ssam, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of kyleec
4.65/5  rDev +14%

This is the only brew store I've been to, but they've always had everything I needed in stock and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and willing to help. They have a lot of good in-house recipes that I constantly use and enjoy.

The prices are very reasonable considering shortages. I feel like they're actually trying to help people brew as opposed to trying to upsale you.

Great place to pick up gear and ingredients and learn a thing or two about beer. I even joined their homebrew club, Pacific Gravity, and am looking forward to some events.

kyleec, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Brewlore
4.65/5  rDev +14%

Decided to try this place out after having some not so pleasant experiences at the Home Wine Beer Cheese making shop in Woodland Hills.

Unsuspecting store front that houses a great assortment of ingredients & supplies. My girlfriend and I went in and looked around. Brightly lit, ample supply of base & specialty malts. There was a few other people in there at the moment and the guy workin' (owner perhaps?) was busy helping them but made sure to tell us he'd be right with us. Couple minutes later he answered all our questions and helped us out a great deal.

The prices for the malts & hops were good (even with the current shortage) and really did have a great selection of the aforementioned ingredients. Yeast selection was just as good.

I do not want to detract from the HWBC shop but I do believe I'll make a point at going to this shop whenever I need ingredients. Even for the customer service alone.

Brewlore, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of SacoDeToro
2.6/5  rDev -36.3%

I dropped off my homebrew entries for a recent homebrew competition at this shop and got a chance to look around.

Everything was laden with dust and looked pretty old. All of their hops (pellets and whole flower) were in loose jars in a fridge, as opposed to being in a vacuum sealed bag. Half of the whole flower hops were so old they were brown - not good. Their grain selection seemed good, but their mill was a standard JSP with the small hopper. You'd be lucky to fit more than 2lbs of grain at a time.

The employee was friendly enough though and seemed eager to help.

I was kind of bothered by the fact that they were collecting competition beers and putting them on an open shelf, not far from some sunlight, as opposed to a shop putting them in their dark walk-in cooler.

I can't say I'd ever shop at this place, even if it were conveniently close to my house. Fortunately, I live about halfway between Stein Fillers in LB and MoreBeer in Riverside. Both of those stores are top notch.

SacoDeToro, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of petemorris
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%

Everything you'd want in a neigborhood homebrew shop. Excellent selection of all the basic ingredients--grains, hops (whole and pellet), and yeast--and always fresh and of good quality. The equipment selection is not huge--don't expect to walk out with a complete tower system or yeast lab--but it includes all the basics one would ever need, especially in a pinch. And most importantly, the store's operated by a pair of very knowledgable and friendly guys who will always help--or simply stay out of your way if that's what you need/want. Especially if you also join the store's affiliated club, Pacific Gravity, you will brew better beer if you shop here. Thanks guys!

petemorris, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of mkraus
5/5  rDev +22.5%

They were great when I started brewing and really taught me how to brew. Now that I have more experience they really help me get better and have critiqued my beers and given me good pointers.

With their help I just won my first award for a beer I entered in a contest. It was the first beer I ever had judged and it won second place.

I've requested some unique supplies and they have been able to order them or suggest good alternatives.

In addition the hours fit around a working person's schedule. Better yet they usually have something good to taste while you are there.

mkraus, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

The guys that run this store are really great. Extremely helpful and very nice. They always have some homebrew on tap and are more than happy to share with you.

The hours are sporadic because they lost one of their business partners. However it doesn't stop the comradery of the place. The homebrew club centered at this store (Pacific Gravity) was voted California homebrewers club of the year by Fritz Maytag and Anchor Brewery. They hold great parties with award winning homebrew.

Decent selection of malt extracts, superb selection of grains. Lots of preowned and brand new kegs. Supply in actual hardware isn't always there but anything that you can't find they are happy to order for you.

Westsidethreat, May 16, 2006
Photo of drewbage
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

The Westside's homebrew shop and home of the Pacific Gravity club.

Owned over the years by various cooperating members of PG, this store has always been a bit in flux. Sometimes it's great, Sometimes it's not so great, but right now it's doing well under it's current managment.

The store is cleaner and brightly lit, but has a bit of an odd layout with over half the store taken up by the retail counter and storage.

Supplies here are decent and fresh and they have all the usual accoutrments one would expect. Business hours have been something of a problem with the store in the past. (Namely, they have 3 different sets of hours. Thurs hours; Weds, Fri, Sat hours; and Sunday hours. And they didn't always used to be open when they said they would be.)

Fortunately things seem to have stabilized there and the guys who run it are your usual mix of misfits. (And I mean that in a good way)

drewbage, Nov 28, 2003
Culver City Home Brewing Supply Co. in Culver City, CA
91 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.