With the closure of Philly Homebrew Jersey, there are no outlets in S Jersey that I know of to get supplies (grains, yeast, hops, equipment) . What do others do or plan to do to? Drive over to Philly or Northern Brewer?
I believe they, Philly Homebrew, have scheduled pick ups for orders at Tonewood Oaklyn. I'd call them for specifics, but their mailing list said as such.With the closure of Philly Homebrew Jersey, there are no outlets in S Jersey that I know of to get supplies (grains, yeast, hops, equipment) . What do others do or plan to do to? Drive over to Philly or Northern Brewer?
I agree. It is surprising that there isn't enough demand to support a retail outlet in this area. Impact of NJ new MW law, higher rents, taxes, on line competition,???? This is now the second to close. Might be informative to survey our members to see where they have been buying their ingredients, and why.Fermented in Hammonton is still open, and there is PHO in West Philly, BYOB in Havertown, and of course Keystone in Montgomeryville. And a few others if you want to drive even further (such as Artisan out in Downingtown, and Brew Hardware up in No. Jersey, etc.)
I find it utterly stunning that, with the number of people in the club and the number of homebrewers in the area in general, that we couldn't keep one LHBS in operation. It's actually pretty pathetic, to be blunt.
That's all I'm going to say about that...
Brian,I will admit to buying some equipment online, but not because of price-shopping -- it's usually more a matter of wanting things I cannot get locally.. For example, at the time I bought them, neither my SS BrewBucket nor my Anvil Foundry were available at PHO. (Although they started carrying both not long after!)
But I ALWAYS buy my ingredients locally, unless I need something that NONE of the local shops carry. (And TBH, it's been very rare that I needed anything that none of the local shops carry.)
There are some grains I like to use that PHO didn't stock regularly (pale chocolate, the various Carafas and Caramunichs, etc.) so I would take a run to Keystone and grab a pound or two of each of them so I'd have them in my inventory.
My first thought was not "let me see if MoreBeer has them", it was "what other local store can I go to for these?"
Hops are fairly easy to substitute (for the kinds of beers I make, anyway!), so no issues there.
I would get annoyed sometimes when a certain yeast wasn't available, in either Imperial or Omega, but I also understand the difficulties of ordering and storing *every* strain at all times. Especially during the height of the pandemic. I would sometimes substitute, or change the beer I was going to brew to something that used a yeast that I could get that week.
In the end, the folks buying everything online might be saving money today, but screwing themselves in the long run... Amazon, MoreBeer, NB, etc. can't help you when you've just mashed-in and realize something is missing or broken and you need to make a run to the homebrew shop to salvage your brewday.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL HOMEBREW SHOPS!
John, This is directly from Anthony H at the Philly Homebrew Outlet(West) store:I also don't see any of the Omega thiolized yeasts. Not offered? A note in their website said cosmic punch was not available.
I just had the same email exchange with Anthony today. I ordered one that they didn't have and Anthony got right back to me and said he was about to order from Omega so they should have it next week. He hooked me up with a similar yeast for my brew day on Saturday.John, This is directly from Anthony H at the Philly Homebrew Outlet(West) store:
"I'm ordering from Omega this week and will be ordering some. Those strains have typically sold much better in NJ than in Philly. So I typically keep the inventory on those lean. That being said I can absolutely get anything that Omega offers for home brewers.
Could you ask them what strain(s) in particular they are looking for? They can always just reach out to me directly. Anthony@phillyhomebrew.com or 215.596.5408"
Hope this helps.