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Fox Valley HomeBrew & Winery Supplies

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5 Ratings

Type: Homebrew

14 W Downer Pl
Aurora, Illinois, 60506-5170
United States

(630) 892-0742 | map

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Added by MillRat on 05-11-2008

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of DraftDaddy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of joelt30
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

Stopped in today to pick up a few things. Owner was very helpful, gave me a tour of the store, explained their services offerred (special orders and bulk grain buys), and helped me locate the supplies I was looking for. Very good selection, all the basics covered and then some. Only complaint was most grains were only in one pound packages (I like to buy 5 pounds of specialty grains, lower cost usually, and saves me trips). Everything looked fresh. Decent White Labs selection. Only other complaint was pricing. One pound of crystal malt and one pound of corn flakes was almost $8. That's a bit steep. But I'll be back, closest place near me that carries White Labs, and closer than my former LHBS.

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Photo of Florida9
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%

A more or less average homebrew store. Sure they'll have most of what you need, but there's also a good chance they'll be missing something you're looking for as well.

And while the staff here is genuinely friendly and willing to help, they simply don't have a strong homebrewing knowledge. On my last visit I purchased some Biscuit malt and it wasn't until I was on Midwest Supplies website that I realized Biscuit malt doesn't have enough diastatic power to convert itself. This caused me to have to make another trip to pick up some 2-row. Would've been nice if the people working here could've picked up on that before I left.

Prices are high: $15.50 for a 3lb bag of DME. $1.50 for a frigin grain bag.

I understand a brick and mortar isn't going to be as cheap as an online retailer, but there needs to be a trade-off for the price and that trade-off should be service.

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Photo of MillRat
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

After a few years in a second-floor office space, the guys who own Fox Valley Homebrew have moved to a first floor retail space in downtown Aurora. The space is bright and clean, although things can be a little hard to find through the odd room arrangement left by the former tenant.

Their selection has improved greatly to include a nice variety of base and specialty malts as well as malt extracts. Their yeast selection is reasonably good, and their hops selection is as good as anyone's in the current situation. They also have a good selection of brewing kits.

They also have a good variety and stock of brewing equipment, plus winemaking supplies.

It is still apparent that this store is not a day job for the owners (check the hours they're open). They make up for this in their enthusiasm for the hobby and their willingness to special order items. They are also finishing out some higher education, so their attention and availability will improve.

Their prices are marginally higher than some other brick & mortar stores in the area, but not by a margin that won't be eaten up by the extra gas it would take to get to one of the other places.

Overall this is a nice place run by some folks who are sticking their neck out to promote homebrewing. Definitely worth a visit and deserving of your commerce.

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Fox Valley HomeBrew & Winery Supplies in Aurora, IL
Place rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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