The Thirsty Brewer

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6 Ratings

Type: Homebrew

13522 Long Green Pike
Baldwin, Maryland, 21013-9368
United States

(410) 592-2843 | map

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Added by altarego on 11-22-2005

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Photo of JT2875
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%

Went there for the first time a week ago and was expecting to be in and out. Immediately upon I entered the store I was great and asked if I was looking for anything special and he pointed me in the right direction. As I looked around they had a great selection from all-grain to extract, honey for Mead, and Wine Kits. The prices were comparable to those on the internet and selection was great to include supplies.

After placing numerous items by the register I began speaking to Tom. I must say he is rather knowledgeable in Home Brewing and we spoke for about an hour with him giving me great ideas to improve my brew and home setup.

All in all a great place to go with a good selection and awesome service/knowledge. I will definitely attend one of his brew sessions.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Went here to buy my first homebrew kit. The owner was great, he helped me get everything I needed at an affordable price. Seemed to be an honest guy not trying to make me get something I didn't need. Gave me his email and said I could ask him anything anytime and he'd do his best to help. Can't comment on the prices seeing as I've been no where else, but I expected to pay more than I did and I was told to go here by many people. A little out in the country but the drive was fine. The store was small but had all the necessities. I'll be back for my next supply run.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

I concur entirely with the previous review (I almost wrote brew, ha). In the short time that I've been homebrewing, I've come to love the thirsty brewer like a home away from home. It has yet to let me down in anyway, and let me just say that without the advice and support from Tom, I wouldn't have had such a wonderful, running start. I highly recommend this shop to anyone in the area interested in making beer, wine or mead. It's nice to know that you don't have to trek all the way to Columbia or elswehere to get your brew going.

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Photo of altarego
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%

If you live in Northern Baltimore this is the only homebrew shop that is really local. The other two are in Annapolis and Columbia and pale in comparison.

Tom Davidson owns the shop and has been brewing various libations for 17 years. He's a veritable FONT of knowledge about brewing. This owes in part at least to his experiences as the president of the Wootown Homebrewer's club and general membership in the Maryland Homebrewer's Guild.

The shop has a wide range of products to support your brewing of more than just beer. Wine kits sit right next to gallons of honey provided by a Wootown member who just happens to run an apiary in White Hall, so mead is never out of the question. The shop sells reconditioned Corny kegs and kegging supplies, bottles and bottlers. It's pretty much all there and what isn't is quickly ordered.

If you need to convert a recipe from all grain to partial mash Tom can tell you how to do it; most of the time, right off the top of his head. No sale Tom makes is complete without his accompanying suggestions about your intended brew, and questions about your experience level to hlep you get the results you want.

One of the great things about the Thirsty Brewer is that Tom displays his commitment to great beer by holding an instructional brew the first Wednesday of every month from six to nine pm. At these brews, beginners can earn great experience watching and helping more experienced brewers make great beers. On top of this, you get to drink the results of previous brews.

The Thirsty Brewer is still working on the online sales thing but I am sure that when Tom gets a website up customers will find the service at the virtual store just as exceptional as the real one.

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The Thirsty Brewer in Baldwin, MD
Place rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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