Top Resources To Brew Beer At Home In Philadelphia

October 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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Beer making in Philadelphia has a history going back over a hundred years. In fact, a century ago, it was considered the greatest brewing city in the Western Hemisphere. Today, Philadelphia is making a comeback with plenty of area breweries gaining critical acclaim. In part because of this, the home-brewing scene in Philadelphia is more active than ever. Beer lovers are showing a renewed passion for making their own beer at home, creating a real need for quality supplies in the area. From the novice suds drinker to the most skilled beer aficionado, these spots have everything you need to create your own brews.

Home Sweet Homebrew
2008 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-9469

Located near Rittenhouse Square and within easy walking distance of many of Philadelphia’s favorite beer bars, Home Sweet Homebrew is the city’s original source for quality wine and beer supplies. Owners George Hummel and Nancy Rigberg are considered pioneers on the bar scene, having been in business for over 25 years. Former Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell granted the duo the Governor’s Inspiration Award in 2008, acknowledging the achievements of these award-winning writers, speakers and home brewers. The shop offers a wide variety of malts, grains, yeasts, specialty sugars, hops and more. And the honest and friendly attitudes of Hummel and Rigberg keep customers coming back. From the most novice of beer drinkers to the skilled connoisseur, everyone is welcome. And knowing that now big beer names in Philly such as Iron Hill, Victory and Dogfish Head once walked through the doors of Home Sweet Homebrew looking for resources, you can rest assured that you’re in the right spot.

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Philly Homebrew Outlet
1447 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 755-4556

Formerly known as Barry’s Outlet, a South Philly fixture for nearly 15 years, the Philly Homebrew Outlet opened under a new name and new management in Fishtown just about two years ago. The new shop is about three times larger than the old space, but one thing that didn’t change was its dedication to quality home-brew supplies and low prices. There is a huge selection of hops, grains, yeasts and additives, as well as any equipment you could possibly need. Probably best known for its customer service, the staff is both friendly and knowledgeable, dishing out advice on everything from how to make your own brews to what drink will go best with your dinner. In addition to beer, the Philly Homebrew Outlet also specializes in wine, cheese and charcuterie.

Malt House Limited
7101 Emlen St.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215) 242-1700

The owner of Malt House Limited, Scott Wikander, is a longtime home brewer and beer connoisseur. His passion for great beer was discovered when he was traveling in Germany over 20 years ago. He now shares his love and experience in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. At Malt House Limited, beer brewers (and casual drinkers) of all levels can gather to sample craft beers or purchase what they need to make it at home. Barware, home-brewing equipment, brewing ingredients – it’s all here. And whether you’re just starting out or want to fine tune your skills, Malt House also offers lectures, classes and other informative events.

Keystone Homebrew Supply
The Beer & Wine Mill
435 Doylestown Rd.
Montgomeryville, PA 18936
(215) 855-0100

Keystone Homebrew Supply has been serving the home-brewing and winemaking community for over 20 years by providing quality supplies in addition to expert advice. The owner and co-founder of Keystone Homebrew, Jason Harris, started the business straight out of college with the intention of eventually opening a brewpub. Instead, his love for the craft made him so successful that he now has two locations, the 24,000-square-foot, one-of-a-kind facility in Montgomeryville and a second spot in Bethlehem. With a top-notch selection of beer and winemaking supplies and a variety of classes available, the passionate staff of Keystone Homebrew is always eager to help you find whatever you need to create your own brews and wines. A brand new winery will be opening soon at the Montgomeryville location, providing a space for you to make wine with the Keystone crew.

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Princeton Homebrew
208 Sanhican Drive
Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 252-1800

Just a short drive from Philadelphia in Trenton, Princeton Homebrew has been providing ingredients and equipment to home brewers and mead, cider and wine makers for over 17 years. Owner Joe Bair is well known for his innovative solar home-brewing process, and his expertise doesn’t stop there. Any customer visiting the shop will tell you that Joe will help you find whatever you need to create your perfect brew. In addition to carrying trusted equipment and ingredients from companies such as LD Carlson and Weyermann, Princeton Homebrew is the exclusive distributor of East Coast Yeast, a small artisanal New Jersey yeast supplier.

Michelle Hein is a copy editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer boyfriend would love to open.

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