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A Local Home Brewing Store: Submit Recipe, Get Store Credit!

We are always looking for stories from local home brewing stores, and a unique new store opened in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this week that caught our attention.

Wondering how to save money on your home brewing supplies? What if you could submit your original beer recipe to the store and earn store credit? The Homebrewer’s Clubhouse does this and more.

Here is our short interview with Jon from Homebrewer’s Clubhouse earlier in the week:

-What was the inspiration behind starting Homebrewer’s Clubhouse?

I started HBC because I love brewing, talking about brewing, and had a desire to promote the craft that I love.  I have been a stay at home parent for 4 years, and as my son approaches school age I recognized that I would have to find something else to do.  I wanted to do this most, so I went for it.

-How long has Homebrewer’s Clubhouse been around?

We’ve been open for a week, but the ideas been there for much, much longer.

-What makes Homebrewer’s Clubhouse unique/interesting?

I am striving to make it more than just the local home brewing store.  I plan to have a comfortable sitting area and a selection of craft beers to drink while chatting.  Customers can become members and submit their original recipes (along with a sample, of course) to sell in the shop, and get store credit as a percentage of the cost of the recipe.

-Do you have one great piece of advice for home brewers?

Don’t get hung up on guidelines. Competitions are great, but brew for yourself, break conventions, and constantly work to make something you can be proud of. It doesn’t matter what style guidelines say if you like the result.

-Are there any other interesting stories/tidbits you’d like to share?

We have a beer called 4 Eyes IPA that’s named for the 4 hops used to make it, but also because my brewing partner’s glasses fell off and right into the boil.  The beer tasted great, but it was perhaps the most expensive beer we’ve ever made.  Anything can happen on brew day!


To learn more about Homebrewer’s Clubhouse, and to access some of their great resources on home brewing, visit their website at:
www.homebrewersclubhouse.com

If you are in the Winston-Salem area stop by the store:
Address: 1312 S Hawthorne Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 336-293-4550

A Local Home Brewing Store: NewFarm

We always encourage you to get out and visit your local home brewing store for equipment, ingredients, and advice for your home beer, wine, and cheese making. Sharing ideas with a real live person will take your hobbies to the next level.

We reached out to home brewing stores around the country and asked a few questions to get to know them better so you can see the different offerings to be found at stores around the country.

The first store we talked to was a brand new company in Harwich Port, Massachusetts called NewFarm.

NewFarm offers a variety of equipment to help people grow their own food. This includes hydroponics, gardening, raising animals, and of course beer, wine, and cheese making.

Here is our short Q&A with Lindsay from NewFarm:

What was the inspiration behind starting NewFarm?

My husband and I started NewFarm as a one-stop shop to supply people interested in producing their own food, whether that be a flock of backyard chickens, organic gardens, or (of course) delicious homebrews. However, we also want NewFarm to be more than just a store… we see it as a gathering place where people can meet, share ideas, inspire one another, and learn from each other.  We want to build community locally while also creating great food and great brews.

How long has NewFarm been around?

NewFarm is in its first year, we opened March of 2014.

What makes NewFarm unique/interesting?

I think it is safe to say that NewFarm is the only store on the eastern seaboard with a room in which brewers can weigh out their base and specialty grains and then grab a bag of organic chicken feed for their backyard flock of chickens.

Do you have one great piece of advice for home brewers and/or cheesemakers? 

Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize!  You can have the best ingredients, the best plan and execution, but if your great beer gets infected you have nothing to show for all your effort.

Are there any other interesting stories/tidbits you’d like to share?

Cape Cod was carved out by receding glaciers, coffee was discovered by a goat farmer and beer was used to pay the laborers who built the pyramids….if that’s not interesting I don’t know what is!

To learn more about NewFarm, and to access some of their great resources on raising animals and gardening, visit their website at:
www.newfarmstore.com

If you are in the Cape Cod area stop by the store:
Address225 Cranberry Highway Orleans MA 02653
Phone508-255-0205

Simple Advice from a Home Brewing Professional

Last week I was in my local home brewing supply store asking an employee about the finer points of a specific brewing process that I was about to try for the first time.

He gave me a very non-specific, but helpful answer.

“For hundreds of years illiterate Germans were able to brew incredible beer by throwing hot stones into wood vats to boil wort. They didn’t even know what yeast was. Just try things out and you will be ok.”

So, there you have it. Sometimes we need to stop thinking so much about making beer, and just make beer!

A Look at Home Brewing Stores in California

California has the most home brewing supply stores of any state in the U.S. This makes sense since California has the largest population of any state in the country, although the number of home brewing stores per capita in California is one of the lowest. There is one home brewing supply store for every 660,905 residents in the state, which is 38th best in the country. For reference, Alaska has the most home brewing stores per capita with one for every 66,830 residents.

Of the 58 home brewing stores in California, 31 offer supplies for making wine and 8 provide supplies for making cheese. If you are looking to make mead, only 6 stores regularly offer supplies for this, and 5 stores provide supplies for making soda.

Not surprisingly most of the home brewing stores in California are concentrated in the major population centers of San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego. For a map of where every home brewing store in the state is located see below.

For more information about each store, including its location and contact information and which supplies the store offers, see our page Home Brewing Supply Stores in California.

Do you have a favorite home brewing store in California? Which one is it and why is it your favorite?