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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by mcbeerbrew, Jul 10, 2012.

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  1. mcbeerbrew

    mcbeerbrew Initiate (64) Feb 9, 2011 Illinois
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    Hey guys,

    Just recently moved from Boston to Chicago and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for good LHBS in the area.


  2. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (848) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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  3. nucmedmario

    nucmedmario Initiate (173) Sep 1, 2010 Illinois
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  4. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    If youre in chicago, these two are petty much all you need. Support Brew Camp as much as you can though, couple young guys started it up and I have always had a positive experience there (Positive experience at BG too)
  5. stephenieman

    stephenieman Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2011 Illinois

    I get all of my stuff from Brew Camp or Northern Brewer.

    The guys at Brew Camp are wicked cool and helpful!
  6. rhoadsrage

    rhoadsrage Poo-Bah (3,695) Jun 23, 2004 Illinois

    It depends where you live. If you are far south than Bev-Art http://www.bev-art.com would be close, but Brew and Grow (AKA buds n' suds) has a spot on the near west side and the north side aswell. If you are talking suburbs then you have some different options.
    I didn't know about Brew Camp I will have to check that one out.
  7. emerge077

    emerge077 Poo-Bah (9,113) Apr 16, 2005 Illinois
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  8. emilystrikesagai

    emilystrikesagai Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2011 Illinois

    Another vote for Brew Camp - very, very helpful staff who also answer any questions via e-mail.
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  9. mcbeerbrew

    mcbeerbrew Initiate (64) Feb 9, 2011 Illinois
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    You guys are fantastic. This is great.
  10. nucmedmario

    nucmedmario Initiate (173) Sep 1, 2010 Illinois
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    brew camp is also down the street from half acre and bad apple. you can't lose.
  11. RC0032

    RC0032 Initiate (65) Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
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    Brew Camp hands down!
  12. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    Chicago Brew Werks in the suburbs... One man shop, and he's extremely friendly and knowledgable.
  13. bootlegger1929

    bootlegger1929 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2010 Illinois

    A friend of mine works at brew camp. He's one hell of a home brewer and an awesome guy all around.
  14. SM768

    SM768 Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013

    I assume you found a CO2 source by now.
    I get my CO2 at NFC / Suburban Carbonic nice guys will fill your tank on the spot while you wait no games.
    CO2 and Nitrogen/CO2 Beer gas.
  15. chi16brew

    chi16brew Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2011 Illinois

    Second this, these guys are awesome. The first time I went in my tank was due for hydro test but I needed CO2 for the weekend. They gave me a little 5lb tank to get me through and had mine ready the next week. Great source for lines and fittings as well.
  16. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    it moved, its now up the street and over a bit from half acre & bad apple.
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