Isn't Brew & Grow right there in or around Bucktown? Plus, Piece is nearby, you could ask Jonathan if he'd help some home brewers out with some ingredients.hate to thread-jack, but anyone know a shop on the north side, bucktown area? i taught a couple buddies how to homebrew when i was home over thanksgiving and they live up there and have been unable to find anything.
I feel like every 3 or 4 posts I write its saying something less than nice about the Brew and Grow in Chicago...Brew and Grow in the city isn't worth the effort, except POSSIBLY on a Saturday. I've been there six times, and only twice was able to find what I needed, one of those times for bottles. their hops supply sucks, and their yeast isn't far behind. I've also heard from others that their in-store grain mill doesn't do a very good job, either.
All that aside, I was able to go in on a Saturday, the only day that their brewer apparantly works, and had a nice talk, and got some good info, along with a couple of samples of his stuff.
I feel like every 3 or 4 posts I write its saying something less than nice about the Brew and Grow in Chicago...
Edit: And, yet, that's pretty much the only place I buy supplies...
Believe me, my luck isn't that great with the place. I've had to "come back in a few days" more than once because their shipment was coming in and then they would have everything I need...You have much better luck than the rest of us. I was there a couple of weeks ago, on a Monday, and couldn't find anything that I was looking for. They only thing they had an abundance of was grain.
My girlfriend's parents live in Crystal Lake so I stopped in there once when I was visiting them. That place is great, smaller selection and a little higher prices, but it is definitely better than B&G Chicago...
Haha, ya I've definitely noticed that as well. Plenty of hydroponic equipment for growing herb(s)...i live a mile from perfect brewing- i've been to brew and grow, but their selection sucks- they expect you to buy 1 pound pre-packaged specialty grains
go to perfect brewing, Billy will give you what you want down to the ounce of specialty grain, mill it for you, seal it in a plastic bag, read to put in mash tun!
my impression of brew and grow was that it was much more heavily supplied for growing...
I don't know about the suburbs as much, but I went to Bev Art on S. Western once in a pinch to get some yeast.on topic, but looking for south chicago locations:
i currently go to fox valley brew supplies, but it's about a 30 mile drive from my house in lagrange. anyone know any nice spots not yet on the wiki in southwest suburbs? or at least closer than st. charles or aurora?
Only one I'm aware of is Bev Art.I've never been there but I've read it's more geared toward wine. I did find this list while googling though Find Illinois Home Brew Supply Shops and Wine Making Supplies in Illinoison topic, but looking for south chicago locations:
ahh, exactly why i prefer to drive out to dupage for just about anything (i live about .25 miles from countyline rd.). and, yes, i do love fox valley home brew, and some of their items are competitive to online prices, but kits are what i've found to cost too much there. very nice people, great brewing club anyone can join.The longer drive to other locations is worth it IMO. OH...lets not forget the nasty sales tax (IL + Cook + Chicago = way bad).