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The Beer EssentialsThe Beer Essentials

Type: Homebrew Store

2624 112th St S
Ste E1
Lakewood, Washington, 98499-8867
United States

(253) 581-4288 | map

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by youradhere:
Photo of youradhere
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

I've been going here since I moved over to this side of the mountains; at first I didn't know what to make of the place, but now I don't know what I'd do without it. They are in a spacious warehouse, plenty of product and equipment. They have a walk in style cooler with hops (you don't walk into it though), tons of yeast varieties, tons of grains. They also have plenty of Blichmann equipment (boilermaker brewpot, here I come baby) as well as wine products. Their kegging corner has everything you need for commercial or homebrew keg setups. The staff are quirky (who wouldn't be working in a homebrew shop) and extremely helpful and kind. If you live in the area, you should be going here for supplies- if you aren't, you are wrong!

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Photo of mudflow
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5

Beer Essentials is convenient to get to, has easy parking, is clean, is roomy enough to move around in with a basket in your hand & a (formerly dependable) selection of ingredients. It's also got 2 scale & mill stations to serve the specialty grains self serve area.
Beer Essentials has been my home brew store for years but my last few visits have soured me on the place. In my last 3 visits I've found either they were closed (once, with no announcement on their website) and when they were open they were out of critical ingredients. Twice they haven't had my yeasts including WLP 001 (twice). Last visit they were also out of a specialty grain.
I only recognized one staffer in those visits and he wouldn't make eye contact with me; maybe there's a new owner. I know all home brew supply folks are quirky, customers and staff alike, but I really don't feel welcome here anymore. And I do need to be able to count on getting my ingredients, especially yeasts.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

So I was on the way to pick someone up at the airport and wanted to stop by and check out their place. I'm not familiar with the area so I drove by it, but it is tucked away in a little industrial park. But the nice thing is parking was great, and the shop was pretty big. They had loads of equipment, and even things I haven't been able to get in other stores. It also looked like they had things set up for classes and brewing lessons which is cool. Their hop selection was excellent. They had things my local store doesn't carry. I got a quick peek at their grain selection and it seemed to be pretty good. The shop had so much going on, and I was on a time crunch, so I didn't get to shop around too much but it was fun to look around. It also looked like they had some soda on tap which was cool. Their hop prices were good, and I look forward to shopping there again in the future.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4/5  rDev +2%

This was my first place to buy supplies since moving to Washington. The guy there was great, I read off my list and he retrieved all the stuff I needed. He even took a look at my recipe and suggested a brown ale recipe from the shop and it turned out great! They have everything you need there and it looks like the give brewing classes there as well since I saw their brewing scuplture there in the back. Lots of books and they carry just about every White Labs yeast too. I thought their bottle prices were kind high too and bought them some where else. It gets pretty crowded in there on the weekends but they give each customer 100% attention once you grab someone. Recommended.

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Photo of maxxgray
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

Located in an industrial park off of McChord Air Force base, the Beer Essentials does carry everything that the homebrewer could need, in addition to supplies for winemaking, coffee roasting, and mead-making. Their staff is friendly, but some are not as knowledgable as you would expect.
Recently, as part of a promotion I recieved a kegging kit (corny keg, regulator, and CO2 tank) as a gift, however, they packed a nitrogen regulator instead of CO2. This was not a big deal, until they refused to exchange it as I didn't have a receipt. I expected better service as I have been a customer of theirs for several years and have bought most if not all of my supplies from them.
In addition, their prices are on the high side. I started shopping around online, and have been able to find items for considerably (around 40%) cheaper than I had been paying there. The tap tower that I had paid $150 for, I could have gotten for $89, the Belgian Candy sugar that I had paid $7.25 for, I could have gotten for $4.25.
In summary, this shop offers a fantastic selection, but if you have questions, consider bringing someone along that can help you with your choices. Also, if you have the time to wait for delivery, and can order online, consider at least cross checking their prices online (some online shops will ship for free and may be tax-free for you as well) as you may save a considerable amount of money.

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Photo of eballard
4/5  rDev +2%

This was an interesting little place to visit. It is part of an industrial park and really it is just a warehouse with a store area set up in it. The selection was great they had every thing you could ever want for your home brew system. They also sell starter sets for someone just getting into home brewing. The staff was very nice and ready to help as soon as I came in the store. They enjoy what they do and are ready to answer any questions you might have. They have a small section of books on all sorts of brewing and distilling topics. This place has every thing you could need for beer brewing, wine making and liquor distilling.

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