Texas DFW Looses Another LHBS

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Nagorg

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It was a sad, sad day in DFW yesterday. Another LHBS, Homebrew Headquarters, closed its doors after 50 years serving the local Home Brew community. They will be missed by all of us. Seems like Rona likely had a lot to do with this...

We had 3 LHBS's when I started brewing, now we're down to one. The one that was closest to me, Dallas Home Brew, shut its doors ~3 years ago due to a family decision after one of the owners passed. The only one left (that I'm aware of anyway) is Texas Brewing Inc... Its a nice LHBS but its been the furthest from me. Their website has a post that their storefront is closed and only doing will call pickup there. They do ship though.
I buy bulk grain so looks like I'll be driving to almost Ft. Worth now for that now. Shipping 55# bags of grain just isnt cost effective.

FU Rona!

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Yup, they've mostly all shut down around here, no money in it anymore, I suppose. On a road trip, I went out of my way to stop at a large HBS near Philly, and although it was a nice, well stocked store, they didn't carry the product that I wanted anymore. They said business has been kind of slow and getting anyone that wants to work is a problem.
 

hout17

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I think a lot of folks are ordering online rather than supporting their local homebrew shop. Even if things cost a little more it's worth supporting. If we don't support them and make it worth it why should they try and keep it going.

I'm not saying you folks don't support them but I suspect a large amount of the brewing community buys most of their stuff from the well known big online retailers.
 

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Yea, its a shame. I still use TX Brewing, thankfully there are close to me in Fort Worth, I also use another LBHS in Fort Worth, Brewhound Supplies. Also a knowledgeable store.
 

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Same situation here in San Diego. Several shut down in the last few years and the virus was the final straw for a couple of them. My LHBS is only 10 minutes away, which I'm quite blessed with, but it too would have closed if not for a local businessman, entrepreneur, and brewing enthusiast taking over. He makes zero profit and just runs it as a passion.

If you're ever in north county San Diego, pay a visit to Wild West Homebrew in Escondido, just a stone's throw from Stone Brewing (pun intended). Tim will put a smile on your face and treat you well no matter what level experience you have.

Also The Homebrewer down on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park is da bomb.

Do you think the number of home brewers is decreasing as well? Seems like this site was more populated a few years ago. Much less bustling now. Perhaps it's a product of the microwave society and everyone gets a trophy culture. Slowing down, diving into your passion, working on your craft and art, and having patience are all diminishing.

Ramble on!
 
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