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Old 06-05-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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Folks, I'm heading up to Boston to help a buddy build his tiered system. Its been a while since I was up there. Can any of you recommend a LHBS in the south shore area, or is there a really kick a$$ one in the Boston area that would be worth the drive?



 
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:03 PM   #2
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I live on the South shore and there are none near me.
I think there's on in Foxboro and a couple in Boston. Don't remember the names but I think Harvard Square has one.


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Old 06-05-2009, 06:46 PM   #3
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There are two I go to on occasion, though neither would I really recommend. I buy 99% online now.

The place in Woburn is staffed by people apparently far too busy/important to help a customer looking to spend money. I won't go back there again.

Cambridge is OK, and the better of the two, though the staff can be a bit sketchy. It is Cambridge, so I guess that comes with the territory. They do have a decent selection and all grains can be bought in the exact quantities needed. I've called to ask about specific items and been told "Yep we have it." Upon arrival it is a different story.

 
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:03 PM   #4
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Barleycorns in Natick is a brew on location, but they sell hops, grain, yeast, extract and some equipment. Folks there are great, and knowledgeable. Most staff are homebrewers.

Retail list is here:
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:31 AM   #5
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I hear there's a twinkie factory in Natick. It's high on my list of places to visit post-apocalypse.

 
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:35 AM   #6
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The Witches Brew in Foxboro or Modern Homebrew Emporium in Cambridge.

 
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:44 AM   #7
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:33 PM   #8
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If you are truly on the South Shore area these aren't too far but are on the South Coast and the Cape:

Pioppi's in Plymouth and Tamarack in Lakeville. Those are both package stores with supplies too.

Cape Cod Beer over the bridge in Barnstable also sells supplies. (Grab some awesome brew while there!)

Also you can knock on the door at the Crosby and Baker in Westport.

None of the above will save you much money, the prices are a bit higher than mail order.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:14 PM   #9
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If you are truly on the South Shore area these aren't too far but are on the South Coast and the Cape:

Pioppi's in Plymouth and Tamarack in Lakeville. Those are both package stores with supplies too.

Cape Cod Beer over the bridge in Barnstable also sells supplies. (Grab some awesome brew while there!)

Also you can knock on the door at the Crosby and Baker in Westport.

None of the above will save you much money, the prices are a bit higher than mail order.
I went to Pioppi's a couple months ago for bottles. They quoted me 10 bucks a case . Picked up 2 cases and didn't notice till after I got home that they charged me 13.95 a case. I called and was told 13.95 was the right price. no biggie , but while there I checked out the brewing supplies.
Every thing they had could fit in a shopping bad and looked like it had been there for a long time.
The yeast wasn't refrigerated and was about 6 months out of date.

They did have a good selection of craft brew in stock , so it's still worth the 15 minute trip for me when I need bottles but would not recommend any of their actual brewing supplies.
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:59 AM   #10
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I would definitely recommend Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies. Steve the owner is the nicest guy and extremely knowledgable. Good selection of supplies and very fair prices. The hours are a little limited - closed weekends during the summer - but open evenings.



 
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