Brewing your own beer at home is a new and innovative hobby that has piqued the interest of many around the D.C. area. More and more home brew stores have been opening up around the area to accommodate this growing interest, which means that you can find all essential ingredients and equipment locally. These stores also provide classes, training and detailed instructions so you can embark on your home brew adventure completely prepared. See below for a list of the best home brew shops in the D.C. area.
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 108
Columbia, MD 21045
Maryland Homebrew is your ultimate one stop shop for all the elements needed to brew your own beer. Everything from brew pots to beer bottles and thermometers to malt extract is available at this home-brewing warehouse. The store includes different how-to guides and recipes on its website, but the staff is also available during store hours to answer any and all home-brewing questions. Contact Maryland Homebrew directly to find out more about its products, as well as its informative brewing classes.
3 Stars Brewing Company
6400 Chillum Place N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
This brewing company and shop opened up about a year ago, and was a welcome addition to the D.C. area. In addition to brewing its own beer, which is sold on tap in many popular D.C. restaurants, 3 Stars also sells essential equipment for brewing beer at home. The two founders share a profound love of home brewing and community cohesiveness, and they hope to share this with all interested patrons. Information about tastings and tours of the brewing company is on the website.
The Flying Barrel
1781 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
What sets the Flying Barrel apart from other brewing stores is its brew house, where patrons can go to brew their own beer while receiving valuable instruction from expert instructors. Once you practice in the brew house, you can purchase all of the items you need to do it at home from the store, which is stocked full of all of the tools needed to start your hobby of home brewing. Having been in existence for over 30 years, this venue is the local expert in home brewing. As an added bonus, it also offers beer for tasting that has been made on the premises.
myLocal HomeBrew Shop
Pike Falls Church, VA 22044
Products and equipment for home brewing are in abundance at myLocal HomeBrew Shop. As its website states, it has “everything you need, plenty of things you want and even more to discover.” Recipes, instructions, kits, equipment, you name it and this shop has it. Staff members have been working in the home brew industry for years, so they can and will answer all of your burning home-brewing questions.
Annapolis Home Brew
836 Ritchie Highway, Suite 19
Severna Park, MD 21146
In addition to a plethora of ingredients and equipment for home brewing, Annapolis Home Brew also sells several interesting books on the ins and outs of home brewing aficionados. It also features beer kits which specialize in making different kinds of beer, such as lagers, fruit beers, light and dark beers and wheat beers. The website itself is a great resource, with forums and frequently asked questions on all things home brewing. Additionally, if you can’t make it out to the store, all of the items can be purchased and shipped directly from the online store.
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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.