Brewer's Connection

Brewer's ConnectionBrewer's Connection
10 Ratings
Brewer's ConnectionBrewer's Connection

Type: Homebrew

1425 E University Dr
Ste 103
Tempe, Arizona, 85281-8412
United States

(480) 449-3720 | map

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by FlatRabbitRed:
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was told by another brewer to give this place a try after receiving bad treatment from another brew shop in town, I was glad I went!

Class act! ... friendly knowledgable staff no BS. Someone from the back stopped what they were doing right away and asked if I needed help...WOW what a concept. They answered my questions without any condescending, degrading, or inflammatory rhetoric. I walked out of that store a more knowledgable and better brewer than when I went in!

It is a much longer drive to do business here, but well worth the extra time

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Hunter
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of timlyon
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jeffaz02t
2.55/5  rDev -37.2%

First off, the clerk who works here has got to go. I went in there with a friend to get some information on all-grain setups and the dude came across like a total prick. After treating us like shit for a few minutes he did relent and gave us some information. I could have done without his bitchy attitude though. Although, he did become somewhat cool after he was done PMSing on us.

Also, the same clerk seems to not want to sell anything. Everything I want to buy in the store the clerk tells me to find it elsewhere cheaper. I appreciate him wanting to save me money and all, but I want to spend money here to make sure they stay open for my grain and yeast needs.

Selection is pretty sparse, not a lot of stuff to browse.

Prices are insane here, books that are $10 online go for $25+ and the actual brewing equipment is almost as bad. I will use this place only for grains and yeast, nothing more.

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Photo of JollyToper
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Overall this is a good home brew shop and I enjoy getting supplies and equipment there even though they cost more than the online shops.

The employees make a genuine effort to make you happy. If they don't know the answer they will ask another employee and if they make a mistake they fix it. If they are out of something they suggest a replacement and don't just assume they know what you want and ring it up (like another shop in town did). They also don't talk down to you, something we beer nerds occasionally do.

I will say that one is treated better and is made to feel more comfortable there once they start to recognize you. I have seen the owner be down-right nasty to customers on some days and as amiable as can be on others.

They don't seem to mind separately bagging grains if you give them a call or email in advance which I like because both of the home brew shops I frequent have very obviously screwed up my combined grain orders when I weighed them at home.

They get pretty busy on weekend and during the evening spring/winter/fall so calling ahead is a really good idea.

As far as liquid yeast goes, they carry Wyeast products and the more popular strains especially are very fresh. I often find 1056 only manufactured a week or two before I buy it. Healthy yeast makes good beer so I really like that quality aspect.

If it were closer, prices were a little better, and they were a little more consistently on their game I would give them more of my business but I buy about 50% of my stuff online and don't feel guilty about it.

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Photo of beeritron
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

This is a great shop! It's a little hard to find as it is off road in the back of a small shopping center. They had a great selection of supplies and I was able to find everything I needed. The service was good after the guy warmed up a bit. My buddy and I talked with him a while and he was able to guide me in my hop and yeast selection for an APA that will be dryhopped. He also had a nice package of irish moss and gypsum that comes with every purchase to help battle the evil Phoenix water! I'll definitely visit again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Customer service is top notch @ this place.
Staff is knowledgeable and very helpful. Those new to the craft are encouraged to bring in samples of their brew for unbiased opinions and assistance to make it better.
The store is small but they carry all the equipment necessary for the beginner like myself as well as the experienced home brewer.
Detailed, easy to follow recipes.
Prices are right in line w/ the other places in town and online. The thing that puts them over the top is the service you get. Every time I've been in I've been treated as tho I was a long time regular. I drive a long way out of my way and past another shop to go here, and plan to continue shopping here.

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Photo of gonzo138
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

I went in today because I plan to start home-brewing soon. The guy who was running the shop was very knowledgable and helpful. We bullshitted a while about beer. Te shop is a little small, but was organized fairly well so everything was pretty easy to find. They had a very nice selection of equipment and I found everything I would need to start my home brew operation. I didn't end up buying any equipment yet, but the guy did give me a great deal on 2 St. Bernadus goblets, 2$ a peice, awesome deal, plan to return there very shortly

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Photo of bigbelcher
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%

Located in a conveinient strip mall near ASU. The selection of products is good but depending on who is working you can either get someone knowledgeable or someone not. The owner Jeff is also not the most friendly guy around and I have seen him be utterly abusive to customers (probably having a bad 4:20 day).
One of the guys that works there named Brian used to be a professional brewer so he knows his stuff. At some point in time they may be adding a brew on premise which would be a big hit with the college students I am sure.

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Photo of astrobrewer
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%

The Brewers Connection has a great selection of brewing supplies and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The owner, Jeffrey, is very enthusiastic about brewing and will patiently answer any and all brewing related questions. He can recommend a recipe for any style of beer you might want to make and set you up with the ingredients you need.

The store is also often a great place to hang out, especially on weekends. Brewers Connection invites local brewers to brew a batch at the store in exchange for free ingredients and having to put up with questions from newbies. These demos are well attended and provide a great opportunity to meet and learn from local homebrewers. BC also has a good web site and online catalog. Even if you don't live in the Phoenix area, you can order from the web site and have your goods delivered. The prices are very reasonable, and the service is great.

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Brewer's Connection in Tempe, AZ
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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