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Annapolis Home Brew

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13 Ratings

Type: Homebrew

836 Ritchie Hwy
Ste 19
Severna Park, Maryland, 21146-4133
United States

(410) 975-0930 | map

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Photo of beerimthere
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

One of the best homebrew stores I've ever been to.

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Photo of Devman171
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dlmccabe1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The guys who run this place are very knowledgeable and more than willing to help. I started going here before I had ever brewed a batch and they helped get me started, moving me in the right direction. I started with a kit, quickly moved to extract and am now an all-grain brewer. And they've been more than helpful every step of the way. They mill their own grains, have a great variety of hops (there are more in the back if you don't see what you want), have lots of yeast strains, and lots of spices. They also have all the necessary gadgets to make your brew day a success.

They're currently expanding to the space next door, so expect an ever greater selection in the near future.

If there is one negative thing I'll say it's that this place can be a little bit slow sometimes. There is typically only one person working there, maybe two, and if they're with someone else, plan to peruse around for a while.

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Photo of Jaguar10301
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Annapolis home brew is 45 minutes from my house, mylhbs is 20, I will only shop at AHB if I'm going to an actual store (not online). That should say something.

They guys who run it are very helpful and knowledgeable. I love the fact that you can get ingredients in any amount and milled for you right then. This is very different from my only other experience at a brick and mortar homebrew shop where you can only get ingredients in pre-packaged amounts.

Their products especially yeast are very fresh, so fresh in fact for an average gravity beer you don't even really need to make a starter

I've never had a problem finding what I need. While I am drifting away from them as I start buying in bulk. If I ever need anything in a pinch it's my go to shop and I highly recommend it to new homebrewers.

Oh one final thing to respond to the main complaints about them.

1. online ordering. They are a local shop, comparing them to the national major retailers is unfair, the fact that they do delivery alone is impressive, sure its not as sophisticated but its a nice service they provide.

2. their kits. There are a lot of complaints that they don't give you information on their unique kits. I know its frustrating but why would they? They created the recipes themselves, it's their intellectual property and they are very good. Much better than the packaged kits from the major retailers. I did probably 3 of them before I started making my own recipes and highly encourage others to as well. If they gave the ingredients list and OG and FG why would you buy their kits, you'd just go get the ingredients where they are cheapest (maybe not even there) and then make it yourself.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

This place is conveniently located near Rt 50. So though I do not live nearby, I often stop here on the drive back home from MD and DC. The location is definately a selling point for me.

There store is always clean and well stocked with good selection. I usually stop there for things I 'forgot' to pick up at my local HBS, so its usually some odd item I'm looking for. But I've never stopped and not found what I'm looking for. Its a professionally run place with normal hours so I never have to worry if their open (since my visits are not planned).

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Photo of beermanWV
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

I am just getting into home brewing, and this was a good place to start. This place has everything you need to get started with home brewing, and also equipment for seasoned home brewers.

Service was very good. Two brothers run the shop, and the one I spoke with was friendly and helpful. Service would have been even better if I would have been offered a sample from the adjacent kegerator, but maybe that is just me getting greedy.

Many custom recipe kits are available, and each recipe is available in three different formats including all grain. I don't know if you can buy specific ingredients by themselves, because I didn't ask. All I saw were commercial kits and the big list of the custom kits that they had available.

Price seemed somewhat on par with what I have seen other places, but I am not an expert at home brewing.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

This is my LHBS and I don't know what I'm going to do once I move away from here. These guys are great. They took the time to explain the whole brewing process to me when I was just a young buck. As I matured and began writing my own recipes, they would willing take the time to look over what I thought would work and offer suggestions.

Those guys patiently took me from someone who didn't know squat about making beer to a very educated, beer making machine. it does seem a little pricey, but I have never really shopped at another store. On top of that, I don't mind paying a little extra for extra attention.

If you are new to the area or are looking into homebrewing and live in the Annapolis area, you should go here. You won't regret it.

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Photo of danadeny
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

This is a great overall home brew store. The equipment selection has everything you need, and the service was outstanding. Two very knowledgeable guy working there when I stopped by. The selection of ingredients was pretty good. Many brands and styles of malt extract. The yeast selection was about average to what I have seen at a couple other places but they had all the essentials in Wyeast and dry yeast. They had pellet and whole leaf hops. I didn't see any malt for milling, but I wasn't looking for it either. But from the quality of the place I bet they do. They also had the flavor extracts and packets of spices for unique recipes. Overall I highly recommend this place and I will probably make this my local home brew store even though it's not the closest one to me.

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Photo of jslot38
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Here to somewhat right the ship on this one. I had a mixed experience with this place. First things first, THE ADDRESS ON MCKENZIE DRIVE IS OLD. The new address is: 836 Ritchie Hwy # 19 Severna Park, MD 21146. Once I got that fixed it was a pretty easy find, make sure you drive around the back.

Walked in at 5:30pm on a Monday. No one in the shop, one employee. He was busy with a technician but told me he would be right with me. I did some browsing, picked up some irish moss and a hydrometer. They were out of the bulk dark malt extract so he recommended the John Bull Dark. Got two cans of that (where a bit higher than on the internet, but no shipping on 7lbs). As he was out of the bulk stuff he threw in the irish moss for free.

Also grabbed a wyeast labs yeast starter packet. He had a pretty good selection including a few PacMan yeasts left. Had a pretty fair selection of hops. I was assisted in choosing a hop, and he went to the back fridge and took the time to package some for me as he didn't have any out on the floor.

In the end, he was very helpful as I'm new to this game. The prices were in the end in line with the internet. I'm sure everything will be fresh, they offer a nice 4 oz for the price of 3 on hops (don't quote me on this, but he gave it to me). I'd return here, but would take his advice and bring a container for some malt extract so that I can save money. Certainly better than the 79 it has here, but that may be because of the internet purchases (lets face it, the websites been down for a few days), I'd suggest just getting to the store.

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Photo of BillStrehl
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

I needed a connector for my quick disconnect system this past weekend and when the shop closest to me (Maryland Home Brew) didn't have it I decided to call AHB after spotting it on there website. I haven't purchased any items online from a home brew shop but I can offer some comparisons. AHB site has pictures and descriptions as compared to many sites which offer very little info except price. I have noticed that the response time is slow sometimes.

Brooks was the guy who helped me and since I was looking for equipment I can't comment on selection of ingredients. I did notice they sell bulk liquid extract which not every shop carries. When I asked Brooks his opinion on a variety of different equipment he was able to point out the pros and cons.

It is easy to miss the shop. There is a street just past the building at 840 Ritchie Highway when you are driving southbound that will take you back to the shop. It is near the end of a strip of the building.

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Photo of 10bear
4/5  rDev -3.8%

I've only recently ventured into homebrewing, and did a TON of research before finding the Annapolis Home Brew store, which is about 35-45 minutes from where I live in Baltimore.

As other posters have mentioned, AHB's on-line ordering system leaves much to be desired, but they do have an impressive web page with a good selection of equipment and kits. I've never had trouble setting up and saving my cart, but you can't calculate shipping costs which weighs heavily on one's decision to buy with them or look elsewhere. I've been impressed with the quality and selection of their custom beer ingredients kits (they give you quantity and quality ingredients), but have noticed that some of their equipment and products are priced above what you'd find in other home brew shops.

For example, their reconditioned corny kegs are about $48, much pricier than those comparable 5-gallon refurbished kegs available through Sabco ($29.99) or Brewer's Discount ($22.50). Their entry-level, all-glass, 2-stage equipment kit, however, only cost me about $103, which I consider a bit of a bargain. With AHB, I've found it's important to do price comparison with other on-line brew shops like MoreBeer, Northern Brewer, and Home Brew Heaven. Some things at AHB are cheaper while others are more expensive. If you are looking to keg, look elsewhere. The owners are partial-mashers themselves, so you may want to consider a different shop if you are serious all-grain hobbyist.

The bottom line? For a beginner, AHB is an excellent resource and provides great introductory brewing instructions and the support one needs to get started. I've found the two owners, Brooks and Jesse, very responsive to e-mail inquiries, questions and discussions about home brewing. They were quick to help me develop a dunkelweizen recipe, but as another poster commented, are very protective of their recipes and consider their instructions to be intellectual property. Guess I don't blame them for that--there are plenty of recipes available for purchase elsewhere and those keeping a journal should either graduate to designing their own or accept that the AHB ingredients kits are meant for beginners, i.e. those who aren't concerned with conducting a brewing experiment. If you have a recipe, you can easily find the ingredients you need to brew your favorite concoction and keep as detailed a record as you like.

Overall, they are a good business to supplement your on-line buying. Those reading these reviews should note that they have very recently moved locations to Ritchie Hwy in Severna Park. Either the cigar humidor was lost in the move, or they haven't set it up yet but it was no where to be seen during my last visit in the fall 2005.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

I have mixed feelings about Annapolis Home Brew. The quality of their products is really good. Their kits especially don't skimp on amounts of ingrediants, and the kits make great extract brews. However, what sours me about the kits is that they don't tell you what the ingrediants are. Most people doing kits are probably in the beginner stages of brewing. Not knowing what the hell you're putting in the beer doesn't really do any good if you want to eventually start making your own recipies. Oh well, the beer turned out really good, so I can't complain too much. This is where I knocked them on service. Other than that, the service is good. They were prompt on delivery. Slightly above average selection. I continue to order from them, just no more kits.

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Photo of halfpgl
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%

AHB is a solid Local Home Brew location. I've found the prices to be very competitive on the hardware side, the ingredients are about average in price but the selection is limited due to the store size. I think they could do without the Cigar selection even though it’s very nice and the humidor is well made, they could use the real estate for Homebrew stuff. The staff is knowledgeable and is willing to talk to you until you’ve had enough. This isn’t a bad thing it’s just unusual these days. The store has a back room where it looks like they brew during the off hours but again, I think they could remodel to use the space better and cater more to the all-grainer clients more.

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Annapolis Home Brew in Severna Park, MD
Place rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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