The Hop Shop

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4.17 w/ 5 ratings

Type: Homebrew

59 Portland Rd
Gray, Maine, 04039-9400
United States

(207) 657-5550 | map

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Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

A pretty good selection of True Brew extract kits (if you do that kind of thing) but not a great stock of other ingredients if you want to avoid the True Brew. In particular, I've not had luck with yeasts (small selection of wyeast), grains (smallish selection) or even sanitizers (ok, ok - he didn't have the one I wanted. That doesn't mean that he didn't have any!)..

The owner is a nice guy and is good and knowledgeable about brewing. In a sense, it seems like the shop is a way for him to enjoy his hobby more fully (various batches are in various stages of brewing throughout the shop). Cool to have a job you can get into like that!

Definitely call ahead - the hours are maybe getting fixed a bit more but have been extremely variable in the recent past!

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Photo of TonyReaves
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

This is probably the closest full-service store to me. I'm in there every few months to stock up on grains, specialty hops and whatever I can't get at my local health food store.

Service is friendly, includes the owner's big lab that follows you around the store.

Prices are good- a tad high than mail order but cheaper than other local stores.

I like how he's always got something brewing over in the corner. The place is a little disorganized but he's cool about helping you find things.

Be warned- he doesn't stock many of the newer high-alpha hops, and he'll give you a disappointed look if you ask for Tomahawk, Zeus, Citra, etc. I guess it's a principle thing, which I can respect. He does have a good stock of the hops you'd find in most European beers, at good prices.

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Photo of drotski
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

I love this homebrew shop. Prices are average. Not worth the drive for common things (its an hour away for me, if I just need malt extract or supplies, I'd shop closer), but you can't beat the selection. Its a little hole-in-the-wall store, but Ed, the owner, is very knowledgeable, and you can find a lot of things there they don't sell elswhere. Sort of unorganized, but comfortable at the same time. Feels like you are raiding someone's brewing room. I love the selection of yeast and hops they offer. Everything seems to be very fresh. Definitelty a fun place to visit, bring your imagination and questions.

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Photo of LordHarris
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

The Hop shop is a great place for a home brewer to get started, they sell true brew brewing kits for $65, and make sure you know what your doing before you leave.

The owner is always there, and wants you to brew a good beer as much as you do. he always makes sure you all set.

He has many books and kits for brewing, and stopping in just to talk with him is worth it.

The best part about this nice little shop is the owner...he likes brewing beer, its a hobby, not a job.

They sell great products, and my first ever home batch of beer came out great because of the hop shop.

hours are Tues-sat 10-7 as of now. =)

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

The only homebrewing supplier for those in Greater Portland, luckily it is a good one. The owner is always on the floor with a vast knowledge of the craft/hobby. Beer, wine, soda, cider, ect. supplies, everything except bulk malt extract.

Call ahead for hours if making a long trip. Easy to find on Route 26/100 in Gray.


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