The HBS Experience - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Community > Drunken Ramblings and Mindless Mumbling > The HBS Experience

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-19-2005, 11:34 PM   #1
Cheesefood
Recipes 
 
Jul 2005
Poo-Poo Land
Posts: 6,748
Liked 41 Times on 29 Posts



I love my visits to the HBS. It's like a clubhouse.

Today I went there with a 22 of my Caramel Vanilla because I wanted some objective opinions. The guys who usually work on weekends weren't there, but there was someone new and another customer with a 22 of his beer (a 2 year old pumpkin).

They both were wowwed by the C-V. Another customer came in and tried and he was wowwed too. Made me feel good to see their faces light up after taking the first sip.

The pumpkin was awesome. Highly hopped, which provided a dry after-taste. The pumpkin and spices were mellow and provided a nice orange hue.

The HBS ALWAYS has 3-4 kegs on tap, so I tried a Habanero which was so much different than I had expected. The heat was absent and there was just this nice smoked pepper flavor that was almost like a Chiplotle. They double as a homegrow shop and have a homegrow display room so their peppers are fresh (and free for anyone who wants a couple).

I also tried some home-made Sprecher rootbeer which had a thick, creamy head and yummy sweet flavor. I might make a rootbeer next.

Right before I checked out I sampled their stout. It was rich, dark, chocolatey and had a thick, creamy, dark head on it. Made me all the more excited to try my stout.

I love the HBS. People walk in, we all discuss our upcoming project, sample each others trophy beers, buy our stuff and go home to brew up our next batch so we can share it with our friends and strangers. It's a feeling of belonging, of making someone's day a little better and making a new friend. There are no obligations and no expectations. No one's upset if you don't bring a sampler and their more than happy to give their away along with any needed advice or tips.

Man, what a great hobby.
__________________
Past Winners: Caramel Cream Ale #1, Hoegaarden Clone, Boom-Boom Vanilla Ale, Lazy Monk Abbey Style, Amarillo Cream Ale. (AG),

Buy a shirt now!!! Please! Did I help you? Buya shirt!
Cool Shirts.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2005, 11:49 PM   #2
BlightyBrewer
 
BlightyBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
Leicestershire, UK
Posts: 707
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Sounds like a great shop!

My LHBS is friendly, but very confined (only 140 sq feet!). No tasting of other peoples brew, but the proprieter has asked me to bring in my brews to taste if I have problems so that she can help / give advice.
__________________
Beer....the Duke of all Beverages.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2005, 11:58 PM   #3
Sir Sudster
 
Sir Sudster's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2005
Buda, Tx
Posts: 1,030
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Cool shop. Mine is relaxed but more business like than what your describing. They don't "got beer".

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 09:51 AM   #4
Orfy
For the love of beer!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Orfy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2005
Cheshire, England
Posts: 11,732
Liked 94 Times on 62 Posts


Sounds good.

My nearest is passionate aboutr beer and 30 years in the making. But there stock level is poor and expensive. They only stock 3kg bags of grain and if I want to order 25kg it's 33 compared to ther more usuall 25.

I like to support the local store but when it comes down to it I'm not going to throw money away. There are 2 much better stores another 10 minutes drive further.
__________________
GET THE GOBLIN
Have a beer on me.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 03:33 PM   #5
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,595
Liked 152 Times on 143 Posts


The Oak Barrel in Berekley, CA is like that. Homer almost always has some of his homebrew in the kegger. Everyone working there knows homebrewing. They have brewing parties and BBQs. Haven't found a place like that in Oregon. The odd part of it is, the place I go to in Corvallis is owned and staffed by people that are also in one of the local homebrew clubs. They're rather stiff & professional about everything. I suspect it's because they're as much or more of a retail wine store. Even winos who make their own seem to be VERY serious about the process.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 07:09 PM   #6
DeRoux's Broux
 
DeRoux's Broux's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2004
Beaumont, Texas
Posts: 2,959
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts


my HBS, DeFalco's in Houston, TX) is kinda like that too. nice clean shop, fresh ingredients, and usually busy. the guy's are very knowledgable (Scott Birdwell = owner). Scott writes a colum in the Southwest Brewing News paper. They are real involved with the Dixie Cup, Sanint Arnold's Brewing Co., etc. I was there Thursday and they had 4 beers on tap. Wee Sheepf***er Scotch Ale, Sassion, Octoberfest, and i cant remeber the other. good brews, good people. i'm like a kid in a candy store when i go!
i agree cheesefood. great hobby to be apart of.
__________________
Cheers!
DeRoux's Broux

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 07:25 PM   #7
El Pistolero
 
El Pistolero's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2005
Houston, Baja Oklahoma
Posts: 3,585
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by DeRoux's Broux
my HBS, DeFalco's in Houston, TX) is kinda like that too. nice clean shop, fresh ingredients, and usually busy. the guy's are very knowledgable (Scott Birdwell = owner). Scott writes a colum in the Southwest Brewing News paper. They are real involved with the Dixie Cup, Sanint Arnold's Brewing Co., etc. I was there Thursday and they had 4 beers on tap. Wee Sheepf***er Scotch Ale, Sassion, Octoberfest, and i cant remeber the other. good brews, good people. i'm like a kid in a candy store when i go!
i agree cheesefood. great hobby to be apart of.
I didn't know they had samples on tap! I guess I ought to talk to them more when I'm in there, and quit being in such a hurry.
__________________
[/I] Up Next - Hobgoblin
After That - Czech Pilsner
Primary - Humboldt Hop Rod (4/24)
Primary - NOT Wheat AG SNCA (5/5)
Secondary -
Conditioning - SNCA Clone (3/3),

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 07:51 PM   #8
dancingbarefoot
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Posts: 326

Quote:
Originally Posted by El Pistolero
I didn't know they had samples on tap! I guess I ought to talk to them more when I'm in there, and quit being in such a hurry.
Me neither!

I've only been there twice so far, but now that I think about it, there were some kegs at the back of the store. D'oh! I could've sampled some.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 08:12 PM   #9
Cheesefood
Recipes 
 
Jul 2005
Poo-Poo Land
Posts: 6,748
Liked 41 Times on 29 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by El Pistolero
I didn't know they had samples on tap! I guess I ought to talk to them more when I'm in there, and quit being in such a hurry.
Relax, don't hurry, and try their homebrew.
__________________
Past Winners: Caramel Cream Ale #1, Hoegaarden Clone, Boom-Boom Vanilla Ale, Lazy Monk Abbey Style, Amarillo Cream Ale. (AG),

Buy a shirt now!!! Please! Did I help you? Buya shirt!
Cool Shirts.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 08:44 PM   #10
DeRoux's Broux
 
DeRoux's Broux's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2004
Beaumont, Texas
Posts: 2,959
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts


no kidding! they are right next to the hops fridge, across from the liquid extract drums. they have little plastic cups sitting on the keggerator. they usually have at least 2 to sample. i've never had a bad one......
__________________
Cheers!
DeRoux's Broux

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone ever seen these, or have any experience with them? kmlavoy Equipment/Sanitation 2 06-22-2009 10:27 PM
First dry hop experience Hopheader Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 05-12-2009 09:31 PM
Does anyone Have any experience with... Orangevango Recipes/Ingredients 3 12-04-2008 02:45 AM
My experience / Your help stormtracker General Techniques 4 12-31-2007 08:44 PM
First AG experience jezter6 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10 12-28-2006 09:01 PM


Forum Jump