La Chope à Barrock

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La Chope à BarrockLa Chope à Barrock
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Type: Homebrew Store

4709 Rue Saint-Dominique
Montréal, Quebec, H2T 1T7
Canada

(514) 282-9553 | map
www.choppeabarrock.com

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Score:
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Reviews:
8
Ratings:
8
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.84%
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 8
Photo of TooGoodToCheck
3.28/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Prices range from high to exceptionally high. Also, I went in to buy some malts without a specific recipe in mind - just some base malt and a crystal malts to have on hand. I wasn't paying attention while he bagged the grain, and the dude handed me a single bag with everything I ordered mixed together. I should have complained but didn't, and now I have 14 pounds of mixed grain, which will never make anything drinkable because it is 25% crystal malts.

UPDATE: The grains are so evenly mixed that he must have done it deliberately. probably thought he was doing me a favor, which is misguided, but doesn't deserve the low score I originally gave. Anyway, I guess this is a lesson to me, about making my order clearly, finding out the price before placing my order, and paying more attention while my order is being packed.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Came here a while ago but forgot to review it. It looks like a one-man show. He has all grain & kits as well. Looks like a workshop when you enter. It took quite a while for him to get to me as he was busy doing something else. He was nice about it but for someone new to the homebrew scene, it was long before i could ask some questions. There were some books there that i was tempted on buying. He seems to know what he's talking about though it seems expensive. I might check him out again once i find room to homebrew.

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Photo of djoucy
3.2/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I used to go a lot at La Chope but moved to other LHBS for various reasons. 1) It's pricey. It's almost double other places I go to 2) Service is quite average and inconsistent. It's always the same guy doing service and let's just say customer service is not his strength. 3) I'm doubtful when it comes to the freshness of some ingredients, especially less popular malts.

On the upside, he is located in the center of town and opened on week-ends (which is a plus when compared to other places). He also has a good selection of malts and yeast. For hops, it depends but will sometimes hold "rarer" stuff like Citra and Simcoe. And last, he can be of good help if you want to start brewing. He will walk you through the steps and give you the base material for a first batch (if he's in a good mood).

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Photo of khuygie88
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

I'm reviewing this place as a bit pricey because I've found that his prices can often be beat, though I realize that this is the price of accessibility. He is open 5 days a week, very decent hours, and is very knowledgeable and helpful.

The shop it self is surely geared strongly towards All-Grain brewing, as both DME and LME are above $6/lb CDN, and hops run from 5.50/oz upwards. He charges for milling grain, so a large savings can be had in owning a grain mill (I think its upwards of $1.30/lb milled 2-row base malt vs $.90/lb unmilled)

The service is excellent and if you have question he will be very helpful in answering them. Go elsewhere if you're planning on moving to kegging (5lb of CO2 is upwards of $20 for an exchange, a fire extinguisher place close by will refill your tank for $15 in 10 minutes) and kegs can be had for much cheaper, though this is the norm for LHBS.

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Photo of jpagewatts
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

I went from having no brewing experience to tasting my first batch in the shortest amount of time after visiting this place. The knowledge the owner has is just as good as homebrew shops in the States. Just get him talking and he will bring you step by step through the process, writing down directions for you and everything. His products are a little cheaper thanks to the exchange rate. He sells kits for face value (something that costs $90 in the States costs the same, but in Canadian dollars). great place for a beginner to be if brewing in the Montreal area.

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Photo of Absumaster
4/5  rDev -1.2%

I visited this place to buy some american hops, but unfortunatelly I came to the conclusion that most Canadian brewers really don't like the strong US hops. The guy working in the shop was very friendly and took his time to help me and make some suggestions. He spoke English, which was a relief, because there are people in Montreal that only speak French.Finally I bought some Cascade and Galena hops.

I discussed all ins and outs of brewing with this guy and talked about hops, yeast, malts, everything. A great place that really breathes beer.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

I'm long overdue for a review of this place. This is my main homebrew supply shop and, as far as I'm concerned, the only one really worth going to that's close to my home.

You walk in to find a no frills store with a functional set-up and VERY helpful staff of one. Stéphane will spend all the time you need to work out details on a recipe or give advice on techniques and ingredients. He's been homebrewing for well over 15 years and has a vault of knowledge deeply stocked, and is willing to open it to anyone who needs. I never spend less than 45 min to an hour talking brew and scotch with this guy. Always friendly and helpful.

Selection for ingredients is good, with several different specialty grains, hops in pellets and plugs of many different varieties, plenty of extracts (liquid and dried) for the novice or advanced brewer, and everything is always very fresh. He only stocks White Labs yeasts (for liquid yeasts) but holds about 15 different varieties. Rotation of his yeast stocks is rapid so no worries about spoiled or unviable vials.

This is my one stop shop for brewing supplies, and brewing info.

Santé

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Photo of Goldorak
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

La chope a barrock is a quaint little homebrew shop hidden on a quiet corner one block east of St-Laurent st. near St-Joseph st., in the heart of the plateau district. Space to park on the street is rather limited, but my friend and I were able to find a spot not too far on a saturday afternoon.

We were greeted by the owner as we came in (he introduced himself but I can't remember his name...), he seemed to be a nice guy, maybe a little shy but totally into homebrewing, the guy knew his stuff. We were there to get a bucket with a heating element and he looked it over with us, guided us step by step on how to install and use it, gave us tips and told us to call if we ever have any problems or questions, which is awesome for novices like us.

He had plenty of grain, hops, yeast and most of the equipment you need. He's more specialized in Beer than wine, and that's great. Not too many useless gadgets, he recommends we go to a hardware store and make our own stuff rather than buy expensive gizmos that aren't essential. Prices seemed fair enough and the quality of his stock seem better than a lot of places I've been to.

And as an added bonus, this place is about 3-4 blocks away from Dieu du Ciel, where we promptly celebrated our purchases over a quick pint.

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La Chope à Barrock in Montréal, QC, Canada
4.05 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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