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Old 02-12-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default New LHBS in Baltimore

While searching for something else online, I discovered that a new homebrew store is opening in Baltimore: http://www.nepenthehomebrew.com/about-us.html Homebrewing and winemaking supplies, and brew-on-premises.

Their facebook page says they officially open tomorrow.

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Old 02-15-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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I work about 5 minutes away from them so I scoped it out over lunch. Was planning on just looking, but wound up dropping $50 :-)

Not a huge amount of inventory just yet, but they have all the essentials covered & then some.
Good grain assortment with so things mdhb or annapolis hb don't carry.
Prices are in line with the competition.

I'm overjoyed at not having to take a trip to Columbia if I've forgotten something on a brewday.

They seem good people too. I'll buy from them often.

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Old 02-15-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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Sounds promising.

It won't be any closer to me than mdhb, but I look forward to checking it out.

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This will be more convienent than Thirsty Brewer. Love Tom, but his hours suck.

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Odd that they will be closed on Tuesday, just like MDHB.

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Worth the trip. Great store, great owner. Will be going back.

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Worth the trip. Great store, great owner. Will be going back.
^ This.

OK. tl;dr
Good folk. Good business. They get my money.

For the novella, see below.

Good people. Good products. Fair prices.
What more can you ask for? Really?

Yeah, I can shop Teh Intarwebz all day & maybe save myself about 5%.
The idea of an LHBS that close & convenient trumps the heck out of the illusionary savings from mail order.
To say nothing of "Oh crap. I thought I had some WL029 in the 'fridge"
That solution, right there, is *SO* worth it.

And I priced their full 55# base malt prices. I can't do it cheaper, unless it's with a group buy. And at that, I'm only saving a couple of bucks, considering in gas prices to drive to the pick-up.

So, am I willing to cough up a buck or 2 more, here & there, for what they offer?
Hell yeah!!

Value received is worth the price paid. Simple economics.
Non-calcualatable value is the people running the place, how they listen, what soft skills they possess, etc.
I like the way the owners listen & are willing to consider possible changes/additions. I also like the fact that they will say
"Yes. We thought of that & we can't do it. Doesn't make business sense"
Fair enough!

So shut up & take my money! :-)

Also, to be fair, the other 3 LHBS in Maryland also, pretty much, behave the same way. I'm *not* dissing them at all.
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If I can pay them to ferment my lager, it saves me by not having to build a lagering box.

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