Basement BrewHaus

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Type: Homebrew

116 Calverley St
Providence, Rhode Island, 02908-4903
United States

(401) 272-9449

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Photo of jakemovson
1.2/5  rDev -69.8%

Photo of arubinoff
1.16/5  rDev -70.9%

Photo of westendpond
4.86/5  rDev +22.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I just started homebrewing and I really couldn't have done it without the help of Chandler and Jessie. They are very down to earth, friendly, and oh so knowledgeable. They really run an amazing shop. I brought in my first beer to share and received great feedback on it. Having this store close to me has really helped me go from someone who thought about trying to homebrew to someone who might be addicted to it now.

I have and will continue to recommend this shop to friends, because I know that they will be taken care of.

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Photo of Broncobum
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Was up in Providence visiting friends and was looking for something to do during the day. I happened to find the store online, and saw they were doing a big parti-gyle brew that day. Cruised on over, got there just as they were dough-ing in (140# of grain!), hung out for a few hours shootin the sh!t and brewing a belgian strong. They had a good selection of gear and grain in stock, and plenty of good cheer and advice. Next time I am up there, I will be visiting Chandler again. I have heard the 4th of July party is not to be missed.

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Photo of rcole1958
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

There is an earthiness and general Bohemian sensibility that pervades the Basement Brewhaus. If it's your first visit, embrace this, don't let it put you off because the owners are genuine, and have no pretensions about themselves or their store.

They stock enough of everything you need to knock out most BJCP styles, and are very helpful in advising you on hops substitutes, if they don't have want you want on hand. The range of standard yeasts is adequate, and fresh, for most styles, but call ahead if you need them to get the less common strains.

Overall, a good place for Providence-area home brewers to get what they need, and talk with knowledgeable folks.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.06/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I like the people that own this place. The DIY, punk, and metalhead types are under represented in the home brew comm. given the numbers who actually participate.

The store is always nice and orderly, with a big-ish library to peruse for ideas. I'm sometimes at a loss on specialty malts but its usually because i'm looking for a a unique british malt that isnt used too often.

Also, though irrelevant to their review score, i would like to see them have recycled brewing equipment. Meaning that when one's home brewery expands (inevitable), they can buy back lovingly used equipment for resale. That would be sweeet.

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Photo of etho1416
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Stopped by over the weekend while I was in town to pick up some grain. Was pretty easy to get to, right off the highway. Not a ton of street parking, but wasn't an issue. They were doing a co-op brewing session while I was there which looked pretty cool (once a month or so I guess folks can show up and do an all grain brew with the owner, chipping in for materials). A young woman whose name I can't remember was very helpful in helping me find everything I needed. They had a decent selection of grains and just about all the equipment you could need. Prices were about average.

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Photo of Samichlaus
4/5  rDev +0.5%

I've finally decided to start brewing my own beer. Before I went here I was under the impression that this would be an expensive and difficult process. Even after reading the brew your own beer tutorial here on BA I figured there was serious money involved. I could not have been more wrong. The people there (I'm not sure if they were the owners or not) were more than happy to take me through and show me equipment and ingredients and explain the process and answer all the dumb questions I had. I was surprised how affordable and easy it is. I'm so comfortable and excited now and ready to brew.

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Photo of greg202stewart
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Basement BrewHaus is under new ownership. The new owner is much more friendly and reaching out to the homebrew community through events like Thirsty Thursdays which they show a beer related movie in their beer garden and you can hang out sample other homebrewers beer. I think it's unfair that all the reviews on here reflect the store as is used to be. I haven't been there but heard from others it's like night and day. Don't take my word because I haven't been yet, but please disregard old reviews, visit for yourself and post some new reviews.

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Photo of jlaplume76
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%

Excellent selection, many many items in stock and priced reasonably. EXCELLENT hop selection, considering the current hop climate. the owner seemed a bit put off with my malt needs and suggested that next time to call ahead, but when I saw that he hand grinds his malt (no power drill) I could understand why. Not the best shop for an all grain brewer as far as questions/advice, but fine for a quick supply pick up. Owner gave me some bumper stickers and beer posters, which was cool, everyone loves a little swag. I will definitely be returning.

9 Months Later... I returned to Basement Brewhaus (formerly basement brewhah) Today, and I have to say the new management/owners have taken the store from good to great, friendly, knowledgeable, and serious about home brewing. A definite place to visit. Great job Chandler!

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Photo of pal123
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

I stopped by on a recent trip to Providence. I was looking for a beer kit and they had virtually every True Brew kit available. I was going to buy the brown ale kit that I had been looking for at my local store in NJ but after talking to the owner I ended up buying one of his own pre-packages kits. Selection of wine kits was good as well. Good selection of equipment. Equipment wasn't displayed well but the store is small. Although I not into all-grain brewing (at least not yet), there was plenty of grain available. Owner was very friendly and helpful. Prices were better than in NJ.

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Photo of mrbosworth
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%

I was given a homebrewing kit for Christmas last year and was excited to brew a second batch. I walked into the easy to get to Basement Brew-ha near downtown Providence, with all the excitement that comes with a freshmen brewer. After doing some looking around, I had a few questions for the guy working there (I assume the owner) who seemed not only underwhelmed with my enthusiasm, but unwilling to help me what-so-ever. I won't go back, and frankly, I'd suggest you don't ether unless you make it a quick visit.

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Photo of hopest
3.9/5  rDev -2%

I got a basic kit here and he was fairly helpful with picking out an ingredient kit and whatnot. It's a very convenient, if somewhat odd location. In the middle of some tripple deckers on Smith Hill behind the state house.

I've been back a few times to get some odds and ends and the prices seem good in comparison to online stores, and he has a good selection from what I can tell. I had hoped for a little more in terms of service. Each time I went I wasn't the only one in there, so he seems to get a decent amount of traffic, at least on Saturdays.

I will go probably be going back fairly regularly solely for the convenience factor.

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Photo of jtbaer
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%

Basement Brew-hah is definately the best shop in the area. The grain selection is great, they always have a wide variety of hops as well as a good selection of Wyeast, White Labs and dry yeast.

The service is good and special orders get turned around in a couple days. The owner seems to go to Crosby and Baker every week and if you call him early in the week, he has what ever you need by Saturday.

I used to go to the Hoppy Brewer in Seekonk and after going to the Basement Brew-Hah, I'm not going back. The prices are better as is the selection. I have yet to have to make a substitution or to change a recipe for something I was going to make because the they didn't have something I was looking for.

My biggest complaint is that they still weren't carrying US-56 dry yeast the last time I was in there and they only carry the 50 ml smackpacks of Wyeast, I like the activator pack for ales so I don't have to do a starter.

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Photo of ProvRIGuy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Well, I'm just getting back into homebrewing after 10 years of inactivity, and the owner here has gotten me started out right.

When I bought my standard starting kit, it was missing the box with the capping tool - I went back, and he threw in an ingredient kit for my troubles... I was impressed that he made the effort.

I've only been in on Saturdays, and there's always been just enough traffic to make me feel like he's the right place to be... Selection is good, although he'd had a run on hops one of the days I was in - I got plugs instead of pellets - no big deal, I guess.

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Photo of Burt
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Quality: I got a basic or starter homebrew equipment kit and a kit from here, everything was in good shape and fresh.

Service: The service was all right, he has website where he sells his stuff. Couple of the times that I went there he seemed busy in his office, maybe taking care of orders from his site.

Selection: He has a good amount of on hand stock. Everything you need to do some home brewing.

Value: The prices I paid for the items I got were reasonable

Overall: I live ten minutes from this home brew shop it is right next the Providence Place Mall. The neighborhood is a little run down but it is very convenient for me. I find that the places that have internet websites do not cater that well to walk ins. There isn’t that much one on one customer focus. If I am in a bind and need something I always have this place to fall on

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Photo of vitesse
3.7/5  rDev -7%

A venerable homebrew shop located in a VERY convenient location near downtown Providence.
The biggest homebrew shop in our area, he has A LOT of equipment in stock. you can get pretty much anything here. The ingredient selection is pretty good, too. The owner seems very knowledgeable and is willign to help you formulate a recipe. They also stock extract recipe kits, which are good for beginners.
I prefer blackstone valley and hoppy brewer, locally, because they just seem slightly friendlier and more of a "homebrewer's community," but basement brew-hah is certainly a high-quality and reliable shop.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Kind of disorganized, but he has everything you'd likely need--or could order it easily. You may have to dig around for a little bit, but you can always ask. There is actually quite a bit of wine-making supplies as well. The owner said his grains turn over pretty quickly and he keeps everything as fresh as possible. The owner was also very amenable to answering my noobee homebrewing questions. the weekday hours make it a bit tough for me to get there, but he;s ipen all day on Saturdays. Also, the price for equipment seems a little bit higher when compared with most Internet websites, but you receive the personal one-on-one assistance the Internet cannot give you.

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Photo of ericj551
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Basement Brew-Hah has an excellent selection, and they have pretty good prices compared to internet sites that I've looked at (especially when you factor in shipping). My only complaint is their weekday hours (5-7) that make the commute to Providence not too much fun, but they're open longer on the weekends . The owners are very helpful and offer good advice when given a problem. The liquid yeast selection is pretty small, and its quite expensive compared to other places.

Apparently this place has new ownership, I've not been there since.

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Photo of Kahuna
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%

A compact shop with great selection for its size.

He has a wide variety of grains; I was able to find Mild Malt, Light and Dark Munich, and Victory Malt on a recent trip. The yeast selection is excellent. They carry both Wyeast and White Labs lines of liquid yeast. (I wasn't looking for hops, so I can only assume that the selection was equally as good.)

There is a decent selection of brew gear as well. I saw Polarware 10 gallon brewpots, along with the standard brewing buckets and fermentation bottles. They have one of the most complete collections of stoppers I've seen anywhere.

The shop is well laid out--easy to find everything and plenty of room to move around. The grain weighing/grinding set up is inspired.

Owner is very helpful and the customer service couldn't have been better.

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Basement BrewHaus in Providence, RI
Place rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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