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Old 03-20-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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Pretty excited that we're getting close to opening a small LHBS. Closed on the building last week, doing a little remodel, etc. Purpose of this thread is to ask the masses, what "Services" they either like, or wished that their LHBS offered. There's no local Brewing Club and we've got plenty of space, so that's one that is on our list, but what else would people look for in a Service oriented LHBS?

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Several thoughts on LHBS's, feel free to ignore:

1.) The best service you can provide is to stock a wide variety and a large quantity
2.) Brewing classes aren't really helpful but they are social events which may benefit your business
3.) Brew clubs are ok if you have regular members willing to share homebrew and give feedback, do presentations etc... (i.e. not just drink)
4.) Ordering online is mostly cheaper than ordering at a LHBS (even with shipping), can you price match?
5.) A good attitude, a willingness to talk shop and a "place to go" carries some weight
6.) Get a good mill, give a good crush and maintain the darn thing

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Carrying name brand suplies for a competitive price is a big one. Of course the usual array of caps,cappers,LME,DME,dextrose,etc. And the little gadgets like bottle washers,brushes, lid prying tools,tubing,airlocks,etc. Just to name a few...good luck with the shop!

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Check with your local laws first but I love it when my lhbs has there kits on tap so you can taste what its like before buying.

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Check with your local laws first but I love it when my lhbs has there kits on tap so you can taste what its like before buying.
Sadly this is Pennsylvania, home of the most archaic blue laws in the country. Although there's a push for privatization of the Liquor control board.
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Sadly this is Pennsylvania, home of the most archaic blue laws in the country. Although there's a push for privatization of the Liquor control board.
That used to be SC for the first 38 years I lived here!
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I like that i can get my co2 tanks filled while im in. right up the street and I can pick up some supplies while they are filling me up (see what i did there?!). maybe hire some foxxy beer-geek chicks?

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Organize "group buy" ie offer big discount on full sack of grain, ask people to preorder and pickup within few days of delivery, do it every month, quoter or 6months depend on interest and get lots of ppl to ur store this way. People will drive long distance to pick up base malt for cheap and lots of them will buy other stuff they need in the same time

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Organize "group buy" ie offer big discount on full sack of grain, ask people to preorder and pickup within few days of delivery, do it every month, quoter or 6months depend on interest and get lots of ppl to ur store this way. People will drive long distance to pick up base malt for cheap and lots of them will buy other stuff they need in the same time
This! My LHBS does this. You buy a sack of base malt at a discounted price per lb and as you take it away they deduct it from your total until its time to buy a new sack.
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This! My LHBS does this. You buy a sack of base malt at a discounted price per lb and as you take it away they deduct it from your total until its time to buy a new sack.

this is what I do at MoreBeer.

pay for a "virtual" sack of grain at sack price, but they keep that "on account" for me. Then when I go I just take what I need from the bulk bins, mill it, and take it home, along with whatever specialty grains I am buying.

I see no reason to buy a mill because this system works so well for me.
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