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Old 11-15-2007, 02:57 AM   #1
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The place I had been using (What's Brewin' on 49th and Pearl) is closing. Haven't heard of any other good places other than a few stores that focus on wine. Anybody have any good suggestions? I've heard of a place called "The Beer Store", but don't know where it is.

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Old 11-15-2007, 04:45 AM   #2
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Beer at Home is at 1325 W 121st in Westminster. It is probably the closest store to you. I have never shopped there so I'm not sure what it is like.
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:26 PM   #3
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Dude, I feel your pain...while Levi and the guys that work at that shop can be real dicks sometimes, they had great prices on grain ($1.00/lb for Rahr 2-row, $1.15/lb for great western 2-row, and $1.35/lb for all specialty grains) and they had a nice mill that they allow you to use for free and adjust to your liking.

Beer at Home is my next option, I am going to head by What's Brewin' after work today to say hi and see if they have anything left, they are literally selling everything in the store now and everything has to be gone by Nov. 30th. If What's Brewin' is out of everything, I'll head down to Beer at Home afterward...they have a kind of crappy website and their prices seem to be a fair bit higher....

I hate to leave Boulder to go shopping, just seems ridiculous, hopefully someone will step up and open a new HBS here, seems silly with the huge number of homebrewers in this town that we no longer have a HBS.

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Old 11-15-2007, 05:28 PM   #4
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I was there last week and they had decent stock, especially of LME. No DME< hops were getting low, fairly limited selection of liquid yeasts. Grains selection was just ok, they seemed to have atleast a little bittle left of everything, but that was a week ago. I thought that for a liquidation sale, they would have better than 15% off. Oh well, I might just have to make one last trip at the end of the month for some final pickings.

I got the feeling after the father died, the son wanted to get rid of the business. Not because it wasn't making money, just not enough for the effort. Everytime I went there, the place was packed, so it had to be making some cash.

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Old 11-15-2007, 09:43 PM   #5
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Whats brewing is closing Damn... Ya, the one in westminster is the next bet. Havent been there yet, but I dont really want to have to drive 20 minutes to pick up brewing supplies... Good news is that they are open till 7:00pm on weekdays!

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Just spoke to a guy at the shop, they are running out of base malts, have specialty grains and a minimal amount of hops. I may just stop in this afternoon and pick up a few oz's of hops and a couple packages of yeast, everything is 25% off so I might as well...

Guess I will be making a trip down to the store in Westminster soon.

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So who is going to fill the void? With such a strong beer community, it doesn't make sense to me that there wont be a HBS in Boulder anymore... Hopefully someone will figure out there is a market for this and we wont have to travel to Westminster for supplies...

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I shop at Beer at Home (Westminster) - not a bad place. They actually have a great selection of grains (both specialty and base) and always seem to have all the White Labs strains. The only bummer is they don't carry Wyeast - it would be nice to have options.

I've been buying bulk base malt from Brewer Supply in Denver. We could always arrange a group buy - you save an incredible amount buying in bulk.

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I don't see myself buying bulk grain now, not enough space to store it and I don't have a mill, it was just so convenient to buy grains a day or two before brewing...

Went by What's Brewin' today, pretty sad, they are out of base grains, out of a lot of specialty grains, and small things. I bought about a pound of assorted pellet and leaf hops and some US05.

The guy working there said Levi just wasn't into it anymore and wanted to move onto other things. He did say that an owner could pull in $100k/yr with the store, frankly, I doubt that, but whatever. I hope someone steps up and opens a store.

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Went to Beer at Home, nice selection of grains but the prices are way way higher than What's Brewin' had for grains (I didn't look at any other prices...) and their mill was way out of whack and they wouldn't let me adjust it or adjust it themselves. I passed my grains through twice and I still only had about 54% mash efficiency (I am usually 75-80%).

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