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Old 02-18-2008, 08:16 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a good LHBS in/around Lansing/E Lansing MI

It looks very likely that this fall I'll be moving in or around East Lansing, MI (to attend MSU Law School BOOYA! Sorry I'm still a little excited). I'm not very familiar with the area and I was wondering if anybody could recommend a good LHBS. When I google I get Red Salamander in Grand Ledge and Capital Draft Services in Lansing. Red Salamander sounds good, does anybody have any experience with it? While I'm at it any good brewpubs or breweries would be kickin rad as well. Thanks a lot in advance. I'm excited that I might be near enough to a quality LHBS, the only one around here sports such exciting items as 1 pound bags of uncrushed 2 row for $3.50 (and they've been there for years), only selling HOPPED DME, some dusty cans of LME and some Brewer's Best kits and no-boil kits, and about the only thing I buy from them now is tubing, bottle caps, corn sugar and yeast if there's an emergency.

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Look no further than "Things Beer" which is part of Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville (I-96, exit 122, a few miles east of Okemos).

http://www.michiganbrewing.com/mbc.htm

Nice selection of brewing supplies, and fantastic prices on grains. Plus they have a killer brewpub with probably a dozen of their beers on tap.

Around Christmas, I bought 50# of Breiss 2-row for $33. Specialty grains are in the 1.50 to 2.00 range in pre-packaged 1# lots.

There are others in the area, but this one is a winner for me.

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My thoughts exactly. Michigan brewery will fill a Cornie for $37. Pints are just over $3 and they seem to have a decent homebrew supply shop.

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Nice, thanks guys! I'll most likely be moving to cornies after the move so that'll time perfectly.

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I've bought stuff at both places, and I don't think you can go wrong with either. The Red Salamander is pretty comparable to Things Beer I think, and Karl, the owner, is a nice guy and is really helpful with all kinds of things brewing related.

Also, there's a brewpub in town call Harper's that is close to campus and has pretty good beer. Plus they fill cornies for $25 (maybe $30 now), which is pretty sick.

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Well that's good to know Dustin thanks a lot. I'm sure I'll check out both places eventually but it sounds like I definitely need to get at least one corny. The good part about moving near a major university is I bet I can score a good kegerator for cheap/free if I get to it at the right time.

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My thoughts exactly. Michigan brewery will fill a Cornie for $37. Pints are just over $3 and they seem to have a decent homebrew supply shop.

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Cornys filled for $40, pints are $4.

BrianP is dead-on.

Oh, it's sixteen taps...

RICLARK can tell you about the Red Salamander. I've heard OK, just no brewery or pub....
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It looks very likely that this fall I'll be moving in or around East Lansing, MI (to attend MSU Law School BOOYA! Sorry I'm still a little excited). I'm not very familiar with the area and I was wondering if anybody could recommend a good LHBS. When I google I get Red Salamander in Grand Ledge and Capital Draft Services in Lansing. Red Salamander sounds good, does anybody have any experience with it? While I'm at it any good brewpubs or breweries would be kickin rad as well. Thanks a lot in advance. I'm excited that I might be near enough to a quality LHBS, the only one around here sports such exciting items as 1 pound bags of uncrushed 2 row for $3.50 (and they've been there for years), only selling HOPPED DME, some dusty cans of LME and some Brewer's Best kits and no-boil kits, and about the only thing I buy from them now is tubing, bottle caps, corn sugar and yeast if there's an emergency.
I didn't even know this thread existed, Did you make in to The Red Salamander yet? There great knowledgable guys that go out of there way to help you with anything you need, If you can't find what you need in there, then well you wont find it except of course for certain hops.
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Just heard that Harper's Brewpub in East Lansing is CLOSING.

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Just heard that Harper's Brewpub in East Lansing is CLOSING.
No ****? Where did you hear that? They do a booming buisness down there.
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