Northern Brewer/Midwest Supplies merger

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by telejunkie, Mar 12, 2013.

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  1. telejunkie

    telejunkie Aspirant (237) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    Just heard through the grapevine, these two companies have merged. Anybody have any insider information on this?
     
  2. pointyskull

    pointyskull Initiate (146) Mar 17, 2010 Illinois

    Interesting, if true....
     
  3. telejunkie

    telejunkie Aspirant (237) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    hmm...just heard from an ex-NB employee who thinks NB bought out MW, overall still in the rumor mill phase but sounds like the merger definitely happened.
     
  4. teal

    teal Initiate (95) May 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    This is the only site I've heard of that. Can't find anything on the NB forums - even a rumor.

    Can't find anything on HBT either.
     
  5. BumpkinBrewer

    BumpkinBrewer Disciple (305) Jan 6, 2010 Massachusetts

  6. jlpred55

    jlpred55 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2006 Iowa

    Interesting. I go to both but don't frequent them a lot (stay local in Iowa) but my other office in Minneapolis is within minutes of both MW and NB (the Lyndale location). I wonder what they will do with MW location in SLP? The thing I notice is the NB brick and mortar stores seem to be really nice! MW not so much. As far as online I couldn't tell you the difference.
     
  7. rmalinowski4

    rmalinowski4 Aspirant (276) Oct 22, 2010 Illinois

    I needed to order some more hops for the "Averagely Perfect IPA" recipe. I tried to order 3 time on MW. Every time I was about to complete my order, my cart would mysteriously empty. I got fed up and ordered from NB.
     
  8. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,746) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    I like the MW brick and mortar store and liked the fact that when I visited the cities, I could comparison shop for homebrew stuff. Not to mention comparing on-line too. While I hope a merger means something good, I have a bad feeling about it.
     
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  9. teal

    teal Initiate (95) May 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    Hmm - well then, if true I hope it's a good thing. I ordered from NB quite a bit and shopped their Milwaukee retail store from time to time. Decent place, always packed with people.

    I guess all we can do is wait and see.
     
  10. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    A friend of mine that recently left MW said they were told the online business for both would be combined, sounded to me like a fullfillment center joint venture of sorts, which I think would be great for both businesses. But, it sounded also as if they would remain seperate businesses otherwise.

    Again, with nothing official I don't like posting unknown info on the internet...but this is what I have heard.
     
  11. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    This was all discussed a couple days ago on the Google groups from my HB club. Apparently, their was a rumor about it going around St. Paul homebrew club who is generally pretty well tied in with NB. But, then my friend came in with what he was hearing from the MW point of view...so who knows.
     
  12. Ejayz

    Ejayz Initiate (0) May 15, 2011 Iowa

    This would be a good deal for us the consumer. I am a kit brewer and frequent both places Midwest has a lot of Kits but crappy shipping while NB has a less kits although higher quality and great shipping. A merger would bring Midwest up in a few notches in both shipping and quality ingrediants.
     
  13. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (419) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I like NB because of all the all-grain kits that they offer, which I'm a huge fan of and the quality is awesome. Not to mention, they ship pretty quick. Plus they send plenty of catalogs to keep me entertained between orders.
     
  14. teal

    teal Initiate (95) May 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    Just so long as they do 2 separate catalogs. I can't be cutting my bathroom reading in 1/2 if they go down to 1.
     
  15. RendoMike

    RendoMike Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    NB doesn't fulfill APO orders. I'm worried about this one, as MW was always willing to ship and work with us at APO addresses.
     
  16. TIMMYJ21

    TIMMYJ21 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2010 Minnesota

    I live in the metro area and am close to both, I go to Midwest for Hops, They are far superior at getting latest and greatest and unheard of hop way before NB, and there stock is much bigger, I almost never come up empty handed at getting the amount or kind of hops form MW, Grains on the other hand and using there mill, NB Mpls, hands freaking down the best!
     
  17. telejunkie

    telejunkie Aspirant (237) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    so reports i'm hearing is that for day-to-day operations they're going to remain distinct but upper management & eventually purchasing & warehouse operations will be combined...in other words it should have almost zero effect for us for the short term. Long term though...will be interesting to see how things shake out.
     
  18. Brewmaster6141

    Brewmaster6141 Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2013 Minnesota

    I hear they are number one and number two in the world... So something is telling my prices at both place are about to go up...
     
  19. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina


    Haven't since March, when this thread was started.
     
  20. beer272

    beer272 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2009 New Jersey

    Think this is a wild rumor. Hasn't happen as far as I see in Sept.
     
  21. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    They are under the same ownership, but running the businesses separately. I am not sure if they have merged the warehouses for shipping online orders yet or not.

    At Big Brew Day, a "Northern Brewer" employee and a "Midwest" employee were out handing out swag together. I asked them about the details, which they could not comment on the time...but I believe NB purchased MS.
     
  22. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,381) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

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  23. jae

    jae Aspirant (203) Feb 21, 2010 Washington

    When I lived in Minnefabulous, I did 90% of my shopping at Midwest . . .
     
  24. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,746) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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  25. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (331) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota


    At Beer School a brewer told the story of when in college, he could legally buy everything to brew beer.

    So in College, rather than scam for beer, he just made his own. Apparently, it made him very popular.
     
  26. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,746) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    Yes, but I'm pretty sure that law that President Carter signed to legalize homebrewing stipulated that homebrewers had to be of legal drinking age. I don't resent Farley's/NB's success in the least bit, and it probably was legal for him to sell all the materials to make beer; I was just struck by the irony.
     
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