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Old 04-22-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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Default Best LHBS in NW or W suburbs?

I'm moving to Schaumburg in about a month, and hope to get right back into brewing. I tell ya, moving halfway across the country really puts a damper on what you can brew (not wanting to schlep full carboys 1000 miles in a big metal box).

So.. I've already viewed the thread that someone is starting up a club in the NW suburbs (good!).

I'm wondering where some of the better HBS are in the greater Chicagoland area. I know there was one in West Chicago (or maybe it was St. Charles?) at one point (my sis lives in Geneva, I've driven past it a couple times).

Any other suggestions? I love having a store somewhat nearby that stocks a good variety of grain and has a decent crusher in the store, gets the limited edition yeast, and has employees that are at least polite to the customers.

I'm a bit nervous about the new rental and whipping out the banjo burner on the patio - freaking the neighbors out. I suppose the worst case scenario would be to haul the gear to my sister's house and offer babysitting in exchange for her letting me brew on her driveway.

Any other friendly pointers for a native (Chicago) suburban beer geek who has been away from the midwest far too long?

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Old 04-22-2012, 08:39 PM   #2
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Brew and Grow has a location in Roselle. Check out www.brewandgrow.com . I shop at the one in Bolingbrook. Great people.

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Old 04-22-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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There aren't that many shops but the one in st charles is good. and also crystal lake health food store...and the brew and grow...they seem to be more about growing then brewing.


If you need anyhelp when you get out here just send me a pm im about 10 minutes from woodfield

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Old 04-23-2012, 01:06 AM   #4
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Welcome to the area, I am in Bloomingdale. Both the Brew and Grow in Roselle(Slightly cheaper prices) and the Home Brew Shop(Definitely more knowledgeable and they are in the club I belong to, UKG) are both great shops.

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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Another "welcome to the area". I work in the Schaumburg area and live about 20 min NE of there. For me, Perfect Brewing in Libertyville is the best... hands down. It's easy for me to shoot right up 294 and get there in less than 20 minutes, but YMMV depending on your exact location.

It is really out of my way to go to St Charles and I have never been to the Brew and Grow in Roselle, so I can't speak to that one even though it would probably be closest to most Schaumburg people.

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Old 04-27-2012, 03:39 AM   #6
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Thanks for the sugestions guys! Can't wait for my life to get back to it's semi-normal state. I've been dying to start a sour .. and I'll actually have a garage in this new place so I'll have a place to tuck it away.

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Home Brew Shop in St. Charles on route 64. Parking can be a pain but it is a good shop with the freshest white labs vials ive been able to find. The staff is very knowledgeable and it is a local family owned shop which is definately good to support these days. Brew and grow in Roselle has a large variety of grains and I know they have a good crusher in the storr that they are morr than willing to let you use. Staff is friendly enough but as was stated before they carry more growing supplies than brewing but they still have good stuff. Welcome back to the area and cheers!

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I live in St. Charles and cannot speak highly enough about the Home Brew Shop. The staff is some of the most knowledgable in the area with the awards to back it. It is the only place I will shop! Good luck!

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I too live in St. Charles and love the Home brew store in town. It is an easy drive from where you are, I would say about a 45 minute drive. The staff are friendly and are really helpful. I do not know if you have a co2 tank, but there is a place near by thar will re fill rather than exchange wich is often hard to find.

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nik555,

Who refils co2 near the store in St. Charles? I think mine will be empty soon, and my normal connection takes a couple of days to get refilled.

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