Rocky Top Homebrew

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Type: Homebrew

1617 Harrison Ave NW
Olympia, Washington, 98502-5240
United States

(360) 956-9160 | map

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

I'm just an extract brewer and this place has most of my needs covered. I do wish they had more specialty grains so I can impart subtle other flavors to my beers. Even some of the grains they have are kinda strange variety for some grains. Their hop selection isn't bad either, just wish their was more whole leaf hops stuff. The staff is helpful and encourages you to try what you want. As far as yeast they do have the basics and a few exotics. But you really have to almost stop in to check for freshness and availability for the yeasts. But it isn't too bad of a place, and they do have things to get you going and keep you brewing.

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Photo of flapjack202
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

I am glad I found this homebrew shop when I moved to Olympia. The location is great and the selection and quality of ingredients are fantastic. The service is always great, and all the employees really seem to have a passion for beer and wine. If for some reason they don't have what you need they are willing to order it for you or help you track it down. Rocky Top Homebrew is a one stop homebrew shop and I recommend this shop to everyone of my friends who brew or make wine. The pricing is also very reasonable, and I never shop online anymore for ingredients because of high shipping costs and you never quite know what you are getting. The owner also has many pre-designed recipe kits and I have brewed many of them and they always turn out great!!! I highly recommend this shop!!

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

these guys downsized the scope of their store last year, moving closer to the downtown, and dropping the selling of beer. as a recent convert to all-grain, i've found the store to be insufficient for my current grand-scale needs, however, in my nascent homebrewing days, it was all i needed. extracts, an acceptable variety of specialty grains, at least 10-12 hop varieties, including usually columbus and summit. yeast selection can be hit or miss depending on order cycle. decent selection of books and other brewing accessories. a bit pricey for 50 lb bags, but that's just for all-grainers such as myself. i know many friends who have bought the kits and turned out decent beers. i continue to steer them towards creativity; sometimes it works. larry and carol are friendly, but dave really knows his stuff and he's a nice guy too. unfortunately, he's only there on saturdays.
why are all homebrew shops closed sunday, monday?

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

Rocky Top offers a modest array of homebrewing and wine making equipment in an underutilized store on the outskirts of Olympia's west side. I like the place in that "root for the home team" kinda way. But having just moved back to Oly from Portland, I've accustomed myself to the Steinbart's standard for homebrew supply stores and Rocky Top can't measure up. It's a bit disheartening seeing so much empty shelf and fridge space in the house. I can attribute the lack of hop supply to the unavailability of this year's new harvest. But even the yeast stock is very limited. They do have an accommodating selection of specialty malts to produce a variety of beer styles. But I know for a fact that the staff has enough time on it's hands to sweep the place up now and again, and they choose not to. All that malt dust lying around can't be too healthy for brewing supplies.

The staff is friendly and eager to answer your questions. They feature a full selection of water conditioning agents and adjuncts, accessories, a few books, etc. They also offer an occasional reconditioned keg for mashing, and some locally crafted sparge coils. Plus they sell a few select beers to go and will perhaps teach brewing classes on premises if they can convince state regulatory agencies to go along. Just avoid their prepackaged beer recipes. There's no telling how long those cracked grains have been sitting on the shelf.

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Rocky Top Homebrew in Olympia, WA
Place rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 4 ratings