Austin Homebrew Supply


9129 Metric Blvd
Austin, Texas, 78758-5992
United States

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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Nice store with a pretty good variety of equipment and ingredients to choose from. Really helpful staff, they were patient and helped me pick out what I needed to get started. They also maintain a database with a ton of recipes and don't seem to have any agenda to sell you one thing over another.
Jan 16, 2016
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Reviewed by steveholehan from Texas

3.35/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5
I recently placed an order. They used to ship within a day or so. I contacted via website after 4 days and they responded quickly and explained, "We have had some challenges with the current labor market and supply chains, which has lead to some delays. Your order was originally slotted to fulfill/ship on 8/22, but is currently back logged..." It took two weeks to ship.
I did some research. AHS was sold to the conglomerate that owns Northern Brewer and Adventures in Homebrew. Sadly, AHS closed their retail store in Austin on 3/15/22. Their new address listed in emails is:
2221 Highway 36 West Roseville, Minnesota 55113

RIP Austin Homebrew Supply. Est 1991 Barely old enough to drink. You will be missed.
Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by DBerk1962 from Arkansas

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
First, there was an issue with my order because an item was out of stock. I called customer service and they deal respectfully dealt with it immediately. Once I received the order there was a potential issue with one of the items so I emailed them. It only took 8 minutes for them to respond with information to resolve it. This is my new go-to supplier for homebrew.
Jul 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Tstromer from Texas

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
A++ This is truly the staple of what a home brew store should be. They had everything I needed to start a good quality home brew with all the grains, hops, yeasts or supplies. And the workers are very knowledgeable and friendly . I live in San Antonio, but I would travel to Austin for the store rather than a local shop.
Jul 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Jaydizzle78727 from Texas

4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
It's hard for me to rate anything perfect but these guys are pretty close. Their prices are fair, staff is 99% of the time friendly and knowledgeable, and their kits are always top notch. even with my amatuetish skills my beer always comes out great. Plus their buy 10 kits get one free promotion is just a cherry on top. I don't have a bad thing to say about these guys...
Mar 01, 2017
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Reviewed by cr250r1 from Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Purchased 2 beer kits from AHS. Wanted a Dos Equis and they had 3 kits. No info of what ingredients were in each kit. The kit I ordered I would have not ordered if I could have seen what was in the kit. So I have a kit that I have to use and am not happy with because they do not show whats in the kit. Also purchased 2 used 5gal kegs and one of the lids will need to be replaced. With all of the homebrew suppliers I will no longer purchase anything from AHS. It did ship quickly.
Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by OldBrewer from Canada (ON)

Mar 11, 2016
Rated: 4.9 by Beer-Zombie from Oregon

May 10, 2015
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Rated by dhfreak from Texas

4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Great place! Recently brewed my first two beers and they were extremely helpful.
Mar 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by CheChe from Texas

Oct 31, 2014
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Reviewed by Realbeerguy from Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
It has been getting better lately mostly because that Harry and the hendersons-Sasquatch looking owner has kinda stepped aside and let someone with real business ownership knowledge take control and run it how it should be run. I think if you completely remove him from the picture this place would be top notch.
Oct 16, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by gtermi from Texas

Sep 24, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by DerekSmigelski from Texas

Sep 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by cfrobrew from Texas

Aug 19, 2014
Rated: 5 by nneighb33 from Texas

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by bccocx from Texas

Jul 08, 2014
Rated: 4 by charleslueg from Texas

May 01, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Getalegup from Texas

Mar 18, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by longmire from Texas

Mar 08, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by Fabiand from Texas

Dec 11, 2013
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Reviewed by mwgroove23 from Texas

4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I thought that the customer service was very impressive. The selection was like nothing I had ever seen in a homebrew store. However, I did find the prices to be a bit higher than that of the homebrew shop I used to work for. Overall a good experience. I will shop there again.
Aug 05, 2013
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Reviewed by fizzgig from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
So lucky to have AHS just a few miles from home. Always helpful, never been rude. There are a few things I wish they on display like an all grain tower but they have literally many hundreds of recipes both in house and commercial approximations. I'll never get through it all in my lifetime at my rate of brewing. Disappointed by their mini mash class though, was just talk no helpful demo.

Overall everything I could want from a homebrew shop. So much to brew so little time money and space.
Jul 17, 2013
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Reviewed by CLBizzle from Texas

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
I quickly forget the lack of a homebrew store in my city with austin homebrew just 60 miles down the road. It is worth the drive to see all of the latest in brewing up close. However, the shop also makes it easy to keep my supplies stocked with free and timely shipping with orders over $100. I have never had an issue with an order and every time I make the drive down the staff is always helpful. I receive their monthly emails to see what is new and on sale. I feel blessed to have such a premium store so close.
Jan 07, 2012
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Reviewed by jamescain from Texas

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
When ever I'm in Austin and I need something for brewing I try to make a stop at AHS. They have probably the best selection in the state and one of the best selections in the country I would assume. If you are a seasoned home brewer or just starting you can probably find what you are looking for, if not they will order it for you. Their store is large and very clean. They have a separate room where you can find the grains you need and even mill them yourself. The employees are very knowledgeable and are willing to offer advice if you seek it. They have a vast selection of clone recipes for purchase, many of which I have heard are very good. If I lived in Austin there wouldn't be any other place I would need to shop for all of my home brewing needs.
Jul 28, 2011
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Reviewed by ActonBrewer from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I have been a customer of AHB for the last four years using their website to order, and have also had the pleasure to shop there while in Austin for my brother's wedding.

Their store is extremely well organized and almost everything was right where it should be (on the shelves and not outback). Their website is also extremely easy to navigate. I would suggest that any homebrewer sign up for their mailing list to get word on their monthly sales. They consistently have the best prices on the web, and have some of the best service I have encountered in the homebrewing community. Their shipping prices are also extremely competitive. I will continue to be a customer for as long as I am brewing.
Jul 12, 2011
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Reviewed by CONOR8832 from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Being new to home brewing, these guys made me feel right at home. I just started home brewing about a month ago and bought all my equipment from AHS. Delivery time with the internet order was extremely fast. They have all kinds of equipment to choose from, they have a tone of recipies for every type of brew imaginable. One of the great things is all of the clone brew recipies that they have from many micro/craft breweries.

The people that work at AHS are extremely helpful and are willing to go out of your way to help you find something and your questions no matter how simple the question is. The customer service is out of this world. Some companies out there could learn a thing or two about customer service from AHS.

I highly recommend using AHS for all your home brewing needs, big or small. These guys are great and you will not be disappointed.
Apr 20, 2011
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Reviewed by Fenris244 from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
First off the size of the place caught me off guard, it's huge compared to how I thought it was. I liked the layout, everything was easy to find and more importantly clearly priced and labeled.

Everything in Austin home brew seemed of good quality, I was looking for some growlers and found what i was looking for and was very happy that they were the flip top kind and that they even had 2 types of handles.

Service was great, the guy who helped me was really helpful and full of information, he even showed me the best way to clean a growler out and talked beer with me for a while

Had to rate price higher cause most of the stuff they carry is a bit pricy but the staff, service and selection make it worth it you can even order online and pick it up at the store, I thought that was pretty cool

Definitely going back for all my brewing related needs
Feb 22, 2011
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Reviewed by kjyost from Canada (MB)

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
Purchased a number of items online from them (temp controller, oxygenation system & grains) online as they were the cheapest for the order with their free shipping.

The grains come vacuum sealed in individual bags as requested. The other items were great, and quickly shipped. The service was good, as I had my credit card compromised, and they informed me of it and I was able to get them an alternative payment arrangement without major issue.

They have most things, although some other online guys have more and cheaper grains. The big difference maker in this purchase was free shipping (which was quick). I will use them again if they are the cheapest!
Feb 19, 2011
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Reviewed by SSW117 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
I have never been to another homebrew shop, but I know how to appreciate good service. The folks that work there do so because they care about beer and brewing, and are very knowledgeable. I owe a lot of the development of my knowledge and understanding about brewing to these guys. They also get involved with the beer community, not only putting how to brew videos on the website, but they also contribute at beer festivals around town. I have only brewed a handful of batches, but every time I have been I have gotten an excellent answer for my sometimes difficult questions. Love this place.
Jan 09, 2011
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Reviewed by RobertTh3Texian from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
Now I have only been to a few HB shops, but this one, now located on Metric Blvd, is by far the best one! The new store is giant, the staff is knowledgeable, the website, if you can't get to Austin, is well laid out and easy to navigate. And, there is just nothing that I can say wrong about this place. The moment I walked in, I saw that this is a place for Homebrewers and just anyone who likes a great hobby shop. Plus it was not dark and seedy like a lot of older HB shops can be. Not speaking for all of them, but it can't get much better than Austin Homebrew. They are actually the reason I got into homebrew. In collage, I worked across the street from their former local on N. Burnett and saw their sign. I was 18 and never thought about brewing your own beer as an option. Soon after I started to read the books of Michael Jackson and bought Complete Joy... and now I homebrew as much as I can. This is the HB shop I use and will continue to use for their selection, in store recipes, and resonable shipping rates if I am out of the 512. L'Chiam.
Jul 14, 2010
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
I have not been a customer of this establishment myself, but I have been ther recipient of two of their beer kits. A friend who was in Austin picked up two of their extract kits as gifts for me, and I'm very grateful. She knew nothing about homebrew and said the staff were very helpful and patient. I certainly appreciate their efforts.

I have made their Kolsch kit to date and look forward to making their Special Bitter. I normally tinker with ingredient kits, but I made the Kolsch exactly as written. The results were very good and authentic-tasting to me. I was happy enough with the beer to enter it in a homebrew contest.

Looking through the AHS website, I am convinced my results would be typical. They seem knowledgeable, well-stocked and reasonably priced.
Jul 05, 2010
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Reviewed by rwf08 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
A good homebrew shop that I'll drive 2 hours to get to. The staff, minus one grouchy little guy..., is helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly.

They have some pretty good recipies in their binders at the front check out, and don't charge for grain to be milled...*cough* northern brewer *cough*

Hop selection is good with sales from time to time on whole cone, which I've never used.

Pretty much every yeast in stock with some bacteria there too.

Good selection of equipment too. Plenty of kettles, hoses, fermenters etc... all instock and ready for you to take home and brew.

They are also helpful with finding good beer spots for you if your a out-of-towner.

Good homebrew shop and will also ship to you at a fair price.
Feb 28, 2010
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Reviewed by Maudite from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
I love Austin Homebrew Supply. Ever since I started homebrewing, these guys have been guiding me along the way. Always friendly, always helpful, even when they are busy.

The selection is great, but lacking in the malts dept. They could use a few more, but it's easy enough to get by with what they do offer. Their prices are in-line with, or just lower than, all the other big shops.

I moved away from Austin for a few years, and the local shops were inadequate in comparison, so I always ended up ordering from AHS while I was away. Even when I lived in San Antonio... Especially when I lived in San Antonio...

JB, Jeff, Ed... All of the AHS guys are great and willing to give their advice and assistance on equipment, ingredients, recipes, etc. It's nice living 100 feet from the store, so I'm kinda bummed they are moving in February 2k10, but it'll be a bigger, better shop!
Jan 05, 2010
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Reviewed by jasonjlewis from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
A nice sized store with tons of supplies. Lots of hops, different malts, and very very fresh yeast. My oktoberfest yeast is about 1 week old.

Service is exceptional and the staff is very helpful and pretty knowledgable.

There are a very good amount of malts and hops and yeast here, but there are a few malt types and hop types that aren't available (although it's very few). For the most part I can get whatever I need here.

The prices are fair on hops and malts. I got some average prices on equipment too. I think they could go a bit cheaper with their hops and certain specialty malts. However, I got a 50 lb bag of grain in store for 40 bucks! It cost me 60 to get it shipped, so every time I'm in Austin I'll pick up a bag of grain.
Aug 15, 2009
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Reviewed by njmoons from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
Recently made my first order from Austin Homebrew Supply.

It was a great experience. It took a few minutes to get familiar with the website. The grains are divided into bulk and smaller orders areas, and your promted to order grains in recipe groups. Once I figured it all out (15 minutes) it was a pretty well designed site.

I entered my recipies (down to the ounce, a money saver), and they milled them into a single bag. I was making 2 complex recipies, and I had to make no substitutions (which is a common headache for me).

$7.99 shipping if your not in a hurry saved me as well.

I will definetly use Austin for my next grain order.
Aug 05, 2009
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Reviewed by brokensail from California

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
I recently got into homebrewing and ordered much of my equipment from the online store these guys have.

The selection of equipment/products/ingredients these guys have is great. I have not ordered any ingredients from them yet (I got them from Midwest instead), but all of my equipment (carboy, kettle, etc.) came from Austin.

I got quick confirmation emails and updates regarding my order's status. The order arrived pretty quickly, which is great because I went with the regular ground shipping option.

I feel that particular point needs to be elaborated on...these guys offer a flat rate of $7.99 shipping on all orders (assuming you are patient enough to go with ground shipping). This is especially helpful if you're ordering heavy items such as glass carboys.

Everything arrived intact (as I would hope) and there was nothing missing either.

Definitely a great store and I will keep ordering from them in the future.
Jun 22, 2009
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Reviewed by roadhouse from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
I have ordered from this place several times online, but have never been to the actual shop. Their selection is huge, just as big as the other two places I order from, Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies. The only thing I don't like about their site that the others do, is that they don't list the maltster on their grain page. It will just say 2-Row Malt instead of Briess or Rahr 2-Row, etc. It doesn't make that big of a difference but it's good information to have. I've never had any problems with an order and everything has always been exactly what I ordered. The only time there was a problem with my order they contacted me the day I ordered it and said they didn't have a certain hop available anymore and I was able to switch it to something else. The costs here are pretty much in between Midwest (low-end) and Northern Brewer (high-end). They also have the same flat-rate shipping that Northern Brewer has which helps. Another place that I won't hesitate to order from again, though I do wish they would list the maltsters.
May 20, 2009
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Reviewed by JonathanL7890 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
Where did my review go???
Oh well, no problem to review this again.
Best. Homebrew. Shop. Ever.
Great selection. Very knowledgeable sales people. They are very helpful and support most aspects of homebrewing.

Sure you may be able to get some supplies cheaper on the internet, but there's something to be said for a high level of service.

Their supplies have always been fresh. The liquid yeast is only a week or two old. The grain I've bought has always been fresh.

They have lots of beer kits and are constantly adding to / improving them.

They also have a nice selection of wine kits, if you want a change of pace.
Feb 17, 2009
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Reviewed by wagenvolks from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
Great place to buy homebrew supplies. Swung by AHS after finally getting settled into my apartment & catching the brewing itch. Consider that itch scratched. The store is a mecca for homebrew supplies, with everything from kettles, all-grain setups, TONS of hop, yeast, and malt varieties (plus huge drums of LME that are poured & packaged fresh), homebrew t-shirts, books, magazines, and more. The selection and quality are top-notch, and our DFH India Brown Ale clone is happily bubbling away as I type.

The one "complaint" I have about AHS is that if you go in with a recipe, a worker usually will take care of you, measuring out and assimilating all your ingredients. Now, this isn't a complaint about the service, but I sort of miss perusing my LHBS and compiling the ingredients myself. Next time I'll probably do that, but this time I would have liked the worker to show me around and given me the chance to get the ingredients myself...okay, rant over. Lastly, the prices were very reasonable--only $38 for a 5-gallon recipe. Easy to see why this is the premier homebrew shop of the Southeastern United States.
Feb 12, 2009
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Reviewed by timmah427 from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
I went here a few days ago to buy my first homebrew kit. I was kind of nervous because I knew next to nothing about brewing and was afraid that they wouldn't want to be bothered by helping someone with such little knowledge.

However, I was pleasantly surprised. The guy that I talked to (don't know his name) was incredibly friendly and obviously loved his job and loved talking about brewing. He got me everything I needed, and sat around talking with me and answering all of my questions for about an hour. I somehow ended up losing my vile of yeast between the store and home, so I went back the next day to buy a new one. He gave it to me for half-off (said he wanted to get me started haha)!! That is amazing service in my book, since there was no reason for them to give me this discount.

They had a bunch of pretty good sounding recipes/kits. I am fermenting my first batch right now, the "Robust Porter." Hopefully it turns out well!

Overall, I would highly recommend this place.
Aug 24, 2008
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