O'Connor's Homebrew Supply

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20 Ratings

Type: Homebrew

613 Lyon St NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503-3487
United States

(616) 635-2088 | map

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of MrOH
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Was in town visiting in-laws and had a day to entertain myself, so decided to check it out, since it was in a neighborhood I used to live in. Cool place. I wish it had been there when I lived in there over a decade ago; might have started homebrewing sooner.
Anyhow, nice little shop that seemed to carry most things that the majority of homebrewers would need. Nice variety of malt, hops, and yeast, as well as a bit of chemicals, minerals, and what not. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but again, would be good for 98% of what the average homebrewer would need. If I weren't used to shops with a much larger selection, the rating for it would be higher.
Fairly well organized. Wished there was a bit better lighting. Seemed very clean. Looks like they may be expanding next door?
Service was great! The guy working acknowledged me but let me snoop around. I spotted some 1oz packs of various MI hops in the cooler and asked about them. He gave me a good run down of the supplier, and when I asked if they had any in bulk, he went into the back to check and offered 3 varieties in 1# packs. Took a pound of Centennial; looking forward to a single hop MI Centennial beer soon.
Dude also gave recommendations on new beers and breweries to check out.
Also, to the guy that called the neighborhood a ghetto in his review: I thought that I had made it when I moved to Heritage Hill. Dude must have never stepped out of his safe, gated community.

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Photo of clayspencer
3.69/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

I'm not that big of a fan of the ghetto which surrounds this place. I might be more inclined to visit were this in a nicer neighborhood. It is a convenient location however. And I do admire the 'Ye Olde Shoppe' vibe it has going on which is how it feels to shop here. The staff have a timeless friendliness about them. The simplicity of having exactly what you need to brew a beer of a wide range of styles is inviting.

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Photo of Shaskins80
4/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of swtchuck
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of DiscGolfGod
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of schwartzr33
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of mermatinger
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

These people have a serious passion for all things beer, and you can tell as soon as you walk in and start talking to the owners and employees. They go out of their way to help all customers, from beginners all the way through advanced brewers.

The prices are generally very reasonable. Some things they are slightly higher than average, and other things they are lower than average. They give out loads of free advice though, and that is priceless. Also, they offer a lot of helpful services. For example: if you email them your recipe, they will get everything together for you (including grinding the grains!) and have a package ready to go, so all you have to do is drop in and pay for everything. It's very helpful if you are running short on time.

A little bonus: they usually have samples of experimental homebrew on tap in the shop... make sure you ask for some!

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Photo of Gosnold
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Excellent homebrew store. Excellent location. Ben and Allison have always been helpful with questions, recipes, and equipment. They host informative homebrew seminars as well. Never have I been disappointed. O'Connor's has been essential for my homebrewing over the past year. Cheers!

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Photo of bkleiboer
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

These guys (and girl) are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about their products. They hold brewing seminars on-site to show newbies and veterans how to go about the process of homebrewing. They are attentive and devote as much time as is necessary to hammer out a recipe on-site with their customers. It's great to have this establishment in Beer City USA.

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Photo of MorganG
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Excellent and fun local store! A month or so ago I was a total noob to brewing at home (and by most standards, still am), but these guys meet you at your level and are extremely helpful in putting together whatever you need. They are eager to help with recipes and equipment and also promote home brewing through their brewing seminars. Beer advocates through and through!

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Photo of Navidson
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

O'Connor's has quickly and effectively planted itself into the local homebrewing community that was previously dominated by one other homebrew shop in the Grand Rapids area. For me, O'Connor's has quickly become my preferred place to shop. The staff is very helpful and friendly, and the selection - despite the small store - is substantial. I can almost always find exactly what I need in the store, and if I can't, the staff can easily offer a substitute or recommend something that I could try instead. Any question that I have on any subject (recipe formulation, brewing techniques, yeast management) can be answered by the fine staff at O'Connors.

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Photo of TangoDown
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Really nice little homebrew shop that has gone out of its way to engage the homebrewing community in West Michigan. Based on my observation, a bit more pricey than the other main homebrew shop in town, but service is top notch and staff is a great resource for anyone with questions, especially newer homebrewers. Their pre-packaged kits are better in IMO than anything you will find from the larger companies (i.e. Brewer's Best, etc.), and because they design the recipes themselves many have a "local flair" to them. Definitely worth a visit if you've never stopped in before.

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Photo of webdevsoup
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing. Just leave it at that. Locally owned and operated, the husband and wife team of Ben and Allison have done an excellent job, with amazing customer service. Top that with expertly picked staff that they have, and you have a killer shop. I love going in there and just chatting with them, because the knowledge overflows. You can ask them what you need for certain recipes, and they'll tell you. They'll even create one for you on the spot if you want. I can't imagine going anywhere else these days for my homebrew supply stuff (not even Siciliano's). I feel taken care of by them. Thanks guys!!!

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Photo of cates1tg
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

As a newcomer to the homebrewing world they were super helpful in helping me out with my recipe. Great selection and very competitive prices with the other local homebrewshops. Staff is very positive and they are an asset to have in the Grand Rapids area. Highly recommend paying them a visit the next time you need to stock up.

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Photo of wmumba
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I reviewed O'Connor's the other day but incorrectly. Now it seems to have disappeared, probably a good thing.

They are great people. The prices are reasonable. From time to time they hold classes on all grain brewing that took some of the mystery out of the process for me.

I have never had a problem they could not solve. I learn something on each trip to the store and look for excuses to stop by. Cloning some of my favorites is easy because they help with the recipe. Ben got all of the grains ready for me and crushed them so I could go home and brew with a minimum of fuss and feathers.

Altogether a great store.

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Photo of Roeters
4.47/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great place to stop in, the staff is all ways very helpful. The amount of supplies that they have seams to grow every time I go in there and they are more then happy to order or locate supplies or equip if they don't have what your looking for. They have different services, like you can email/call in an ingredient list and they will put it together/crush the grain for you so just have to stop in pick it up and pay for it. I have to say that I haven't used that service, but it is nice to know they will do it.

Also if your going to stop in go around the corner to the bakery and pick up a loaf of bread.

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is my local shop. I love it. The people and the business have become dear to me over the past year or so that I have been a customer there. I've gotten to know the small staff, and they are some great people--always handing out great homebrewing advice, tips, and encouragement. Their product supply has greatly improved over the past year, and now they pretty much can get anything you would ever need for homebrewing, and if they don't have it they can likely order it for you. I do wish they carried White Labs yeast, but it's a pretty small shop with limited refrigerator space, so that's understandable. But like I said, since this place opened up I don't go anywhere else. They're great, super-helpful people who have made me a better, more knowledgable brewer. They may not have the cheapest grain prices in town (hop prices are really good), but the advice you'll get here more than makes up for it.

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Photo of sm0key
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

What a neat place! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable ... it's not a big store, but it's smartly arranged. One thing that's really neat is that they custom make all the kits that they sell. All the hops and yeast are kept refrigerated until time of purchase. They're focused on local clones (of course local clones includes Bells and Founders), but say they can work up just about anything you'd like! This place is worth checking out if you're in the area. BTW, they have mead and winemaking supplies as well.

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Photo of cmdrico7812
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went to O'Connor's for the first time two weeks ago to pick up supplies for a simple pale ale. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. Very helpful in finding what you need and making recommendations. Huge selection of hops. Hop prices, overall, seemed to be lower than other suppliers in the area. Also carry local hops and rhizomes. Base malt was a bit more expensive than I'm used to paying, but specialty grains were cheaper so it balanced out in the end. Great selection of yeast. For liquid yeast, they carry Wyeast and have a nice selection on hand. If you're just getting into home brewing, or if you need to replace your old equipment, they have a big selection of equipment on hand too, and I'm sure they'd be happy to help you with any unique brew builds. Overall, great place to get supplies. Super helpful staff and great selection.

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O'Connor's Homebrew Supply in Grand Rapids, MI
Place rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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