Barleycorn's Craft Brew

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Type: Homebrew

21 Summer St
Natick, Massachusetts, 01760-4511
United States

(508) 651-8885 | map

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Reviews by ellflle:
Photo of ellflle
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I visited this shop once. As a home brew ingredient supplier, I would rate this shop as awesome. I went in to ask for an ale kit, and the owner assembled it fresh in about five minutes, with brewing instructions. Malt extracts, whole grain, Irish moss, hops, and yeast, all well packaged and clearly labeled. The take-home kit supplies were fresh and delicious. Very mellow proprietor. The brew-on-premises smelled great, and is a really good value for the quality and quantity.

Visited the store again recently in the early evening for an ale kit. A group was bottling and labeling their completed brew, so I saw more of the equipment in use. Bustling, clean, well laid out, and the customers and staff were good-natured and having a good time.

A fun place providing a good brewing and supplies experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went here once to make beer with my wife for our wedding part. The hands-on experience was a ton of fun, and the beer turned out very good. Staff were very knowledgeable.

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Photo of WoostaBia
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of egrenon
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mikemorgan
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Great place to brew beer.
I have brewed there and we all had a great time brewing and sharing brews. They have a top notch equipment and a great staff- friendly & knowledgeable. It is great community of brewers and drinkers. I would highly recommend this place. Dan is the owner and he easy to work with and really knows beer.

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Photo of bnick44
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Mshep617
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

I have brewed at Barleycorns three times, making a Porter, an IPA and a clone of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale just a few weeks ago. Each Time the beer has come out extremely well and excellent tasting. The employees, especially Dan, are very knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating.
The only downside of Barleycorns is the bottling machines; they are very finicky and many times fail to fill up the bottle on the first attempt, greatly slowing down the process. I have not been to any other brew on premise places but I would definitely recommend this place and cannot wait to go back.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

I love Barleycorn's. Everyone is super friendly and enthusiastic about brewing. They always want to know what you are brewing and will offer tips.

Prices are reasonable and if they don't have what you need in stock they will order it.

Need your bottles cleaned? You can do that.

Want to brew on site? You can do that.

Want to brew at home? You can pick up a kit or get all your ingredients individually right here.

Need a little brewing advice? They can help.

Every time I drop in I make sure to grab a copy of the Yankee Brew News.

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Photo of splunge52
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Just finished my first brew at this establishment. I would have to say that my overall experiance was very positive.

The staff know what they are doing and are generally on top of things.

I brewed a best bitter and am very happy with the result.The atmosphere was all about the beer.From the smell of the place to the down times in the process when you can relax and sample what others have brewed.

My only critisisms of the place are the tempromental bottle fillers and that I think the place is due for a good spring cleaning.

I will be back.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Went in here for noob supplies over the weekend. I am reviewing this as a supply store rather than a BOP because that was the purpose of my visits.

The quality of ingredients seems to be very good - fresh pellet hops with a good selection of dry and liquid yeast. Malts are plentiful, with extract available fresh out of the tank.

Service was solid - a little slow one time because a boatload of BOP customers were there, but that's their bread and butter so I won't fault that. Quite knowledgeable.

Prices aren't bad for the area and it's a close drive so I would return for hop pellets and malts especially. Decent stop.

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Photo of Faulconerbrewing
3.8/5  rDev -11%

I got a gift certificate for my anniversary from my wife last year so i popped in. Ironically, I had been living in Natick for about 2 years and didn't even know it existed. It is located on a tiny side street in downtown Natick. The selection of beers to brew was great. I brewed in the summer (when the owner is on vacation) and the staff didn't have much experience, but surprising did a great job and was able to explain a lot to me during the process. The beer came out ok. nothing earth shattering, but for the money it was well worth it. I would definitely go back!

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Photo of mtnbiknma
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Went to this place on a whim to get homebrew ingredients after picking the wife up during a marathon training run (don't they say opposites attract?) The owner, Dan, provided us a with a list of recipes, we chose two, then HE picked out everything (weighed the malts, extracts, and hops) and handed it to us shortly thereafter. While i am not always fond of pelletized hops, which is only what he had, we have had decent enough results with them. This is my one complaint. The prices for our supplies were much cheaper than other places in the Boston metro area, which means more affordable brews for us. We were lucky to not need any other equipment as that does not appear to be this place's specialty (why should it it is a BOP afterall). Someday i hope to convince some friends to take advantage of the "BrewFest" option and spare my brew-buddy's wife the mess at home.

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Photo of n0rmann
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Myself and a group of three other friends decided to take a shot at brewing, and we had a heck of a lot of fun.

The owner, Dan Eng, leads you throughout the whole process, making it as simple as possible.

He has a large list of recipes you can do, or you can use your own recipe.

We decided to brew an Amber Ale, mainly because the recipe looked relatively easy.

We later emailed a group photo of us with a proposed title for the beer, and when we went in to bottle our beer and he had all of the labels printed out.

It was a good, fun way to spend a couple of hours.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

I visited Barleycorns while questing for home brew ingredients. The establishment is more of a BOP than a homebrew shop, but it certainly offers plenty of ingredients and recipes for an extract brewer. They even have a number of recipes from guest brewers like Todd Mott, Will Meyers and Dan Paquette.

The owner, Dan, seems knowledgeable and eager to help. It was a pleasure doing business.

I didn't see very much equipment for sale. There were some basic beginner kits, but it didn't seem like Barleycorns was the place to run to if you were working on building an all grain or keg system. The shop is optimized to support the BOP customers, and not to supply the home brewers.

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Photo of OldSock
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Good homebrew shop it had all the ingredients I was looking for to make my first all grain recipe. Seemed like a good selection of grains, hop pellets (no whole) and yeast as well as large drums of liquid malt extract. In addition I was able to purchase exactly the amount of each ingredient I needed without having to get extra as you have to at some homebrew shops where everything is prepackaged. The only guy working when I went, probably the owner, helped me select a yeast strain and seemed pretty knowledgeable about home brewing in general. Prices seemed fair, but not outstanding and the place was big and pretty clean except for some random empty bottles of craft beer. Everything seemed fresh, but I cannot speak to actual ingredient quality until my EPA is finished. I plan on returning shortly to get ingredients for a barley wine.

Edit: Both beers turned out well, seems like the ingredients were fresh and of good quality.

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Photo of carln26
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

I’ve been looking forward to brewing my own beer for several years. My 1st experience doing it at home with a friend, was a disaster. The idea of a BOP appealed to me, but I just never got around to it until recently.

Barleycorn’s didn’t have the best website, and I’ll admit that Dan didn’t sound all that friendly when I first called, but don’t let the 1st impressions cloud your view of this place. My experience was wonderful.

I selected to brew a Maibock, not something for the faint of heart (or for that matter rookie brewers). Dan greeted me warmly when I arrived, and got me started immediately weighing and milling my malt. He then introduced me to his brewing system, and I was amazed. He has a 6 kettle system that is heated entirely by steam, and as an engineer I was impressed by the efficiency and ease-of-use of the system.

The brewing process went off perfectly, and took 2 hours just as Dan promised. As others have previously noted, no cleanup was involved. Nice this time, but I may volunteer to help next. I came back in 3 weeks for the bottling, and this, just as with the brewing went well.

I was extremely pleased with the beer. Maibock is not an easy brew. The color, aroma and taste of the beer were more than I expected, and I really give Dan credit for the quality of the recipe, and the overall brewing process.

I can’t say enough good things about this place, and I can’t wait to come back and try an IPA.

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Photo of cpthogie
5/5  rDev +17.1%

I first dropped into Barleycorn's with a company event to brew two batches before the holidays. I'd heard good things and long been thinking about going but never had for one reason or another. After brewing and bottling two batches (12gal) I was hooked. The beer came out just right and there was no cleanup. (wives appreciate that...)
Anyhoo... I told some buddies of mine about it and we decided to go into together and push the envelope and make a Trappiste. I figured if the BOP can get a belgian together then all else should be fine. We had to wait a few days while Dan at Barleycorn's prepped the yeast but it was worth the wait. Using the recipe he had, we brewed a batch that was very true to the style and an absolute gem of a homebrewed Trappiste.
A few weeks later I got an e-mail about a special event brewfest featuring Beligans and got it on it. We brewed 6 different Belgians (Saison, Tripel, Dubbel, Wit, Trappiste, and Brun) and they all came out pretty true to style, and I got 6 22oz of each for only 75 bucks.
I went back and brewed a Maibock (again an e-mail special) and have been enjoying that one for a while now (those 12 gallon batches tend to last more than the usual 5 gal homebrew.)
If you go, make sure if you live in the area to get on the mailing list because there are always special brewfests, guest brewers and style specials. And if you aren't happy with what styles Dan has the stock recipies, just let him know and he's more than happy to accomodate your tastes with enough notice.
All in all, since I've gone BOP, I haven't touched my home equipment and my wife hasn't complained about that "smell." You know the lovely scent of grain and hops, with just a hint of bleach....

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Barleycorn's Craft Brew in Natick, MA
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 17 ratings