Originally Posted by hoppyhoppyhippo
Were you going to Brewer's Apprentice?
Yeah, but i've recently been using them more often. They're really friendly and they'll get whatever you need, as long as you call ahead or stop in, they can order it for you. Their prices are good, I just picked up a 50lb sack of 2-row from them and 5lbs of rye. I'll call ahead now, but sometimes I feel bad taking most of their stock of specialty grains.
Backstory: I moved up here from Virginia Beach about a year and a half ago. I was used to my LHBS down there where they had bulk amounts of pretty much any grain you could possibly need, and had a really nice updated and printed out list of everything they had in stock. You could take the list, select the grains, hops, yeast, adjuncts and any extras you needed. Put weight required and whether or not you wanted it crushed and/or separated from the other grains along with addition times for your hop amounts and they would package it all up for you. I got to know the guys that worked in there and I would tweak recipes with them and help them package the grain bill most the time.
First time I walked into BA with a recipe in hand, they took a look at the list and had most of it, but said they could order it, and told me to call ahead next time. It just seemed like they catered more for extract brewers and their brew-on-premise customers. Which makes sense if that's where they get their business, just not what I was expecting.
For the record: I like BA and have been using them more often... If you're new to brewing it's probably the best place around to go and get started.