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Title: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Laminarman on April 07, 2017, 01:31:10 AM
I will admit, I'm an addicted online shopper (Cabelas, BH Photo, Amazon..etc.) for my MHD (multiple hobby disorder).  I DO support my local shop and buy almost all my stuff there.  Have ordered some stuff online.  But recently, after purchases, I found he's MUCH cheaper on some hardware items than online (I will not mention which) but I find it a pleasant surprise that, for example, the Barley Crusher I bought there today was $136 and two online places for the same model was $177 and $179, plus shipping.  Grains a bit more expensive locally, and I pay tax, but no shipping.  Just wish he had a larger selection.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: GS on April 07, 2017, 01:33:41 AM
I don't buy online unless my local doesn't carry it. And where i am, grain is considered a food product, so there is no tax on it.

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Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Laminarman on April 07, 2017, 02:11:02 AM
I don't buy online unless my local doesn't carry it. And where i am, grain is considered a food product, so there is no tax on it.

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In NY state they tax the air you breathe. 
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: 69franx on April 07, 2017, 02:41:53 AM
I buy 90% of my supplies from my LHBS. I do buy hops in bulk elsewhere, usually someone like YCH hops or Ted's ebay shop(cant remember the name, I have too many hops right now, and for the last year to be honest.) I always look at the daily postings from Homebrewfinds.com, but rarely do I need something from there that I dont already have. I trust and want to support my LHBS as often as possible. The fact that they run an awesome local brewery(or two separate breweries with same equipment) as well makes it easy to stop in there, chat, and shop. Big thanks go out to Dan Listermann, an old school homebrewing legend, just stay away from the locust pale ale( or so I have been told)
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: juggabrew303 on April 07, 2017, 03:28:09 AM
Big purchases like kettles I've bought online and look for best price and free shipping. All other brewing related stuff like ingredients, hoses, misc. buy from LHBS.  Nice thing about my LHBS' are they offer a 15% discount monthly.  WTBS, I have bought small stuff off Amazon but seems like nowadays brick and mortar stores are starting to sell at the same price.  I'm always hunting though


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Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: jimmykx250 on April 07, 2017, 09:23:14 AM
Hate to say it but LHBS is normally more expensive on most items. But I like the gal that runs it so im always throwing business her way. Her bags of 2 row are close to what i get delivered to my door but she sells rahr and I like GWM. I want her to stay around so im alsways stopping in and buying yeast and ods and ends from her.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: mainebrewer on April 07, 2017, 10:30:40 AM
One store is 25 miles away and the other almost 50.
The selection is OK.
The prices are about the same, sometimes higher.
I buy almost all my equipment/supplies online since the selection is more predictable, price is the same or lower and the shipping is free (with a min $ order amount).
Driving one or two hours round trip is a deal breaker for me.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 07, 2017, 01:50:54 PM
I buy 90% of my supplies from my LHBS. I do buy hops in bulk elsewhere, usually someone like YCH hops or Ted's ebay shop(cant remember the name, I have too many hops right now, and for the last year to be honest.) I always look at the daily postings from Homebrewfinds.com, but rarely do I need something from there that I dont already have. I trust and want to support my LHBS as often as possible. The fact that they run an awesome local brewery(or two separate breweries with same equipment) as well makes it easy to stop in there, chat, and shop.



Same here, Frank. My LHBS is top notch, so I buy from them when I can. The killer nano next door is a big plus, too. I do buy hops in bulk from online retailers, though. Mostly YVH and Hop Heaven. 
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Bob357 on April 07, 2017, 02:07:37 PM
Even though my LHBS is an hour away I buy almost all of my supplies and equipment from them. They have fresh products and are only slightly more expensive than buying from the online retailer I used previously. I do buy some of my hops in bulk elsewhere at times but generally only when the prices are ridiculously low. There's nothing like dealing with people face to face.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: dmtaylor on April 07, 2017, 02:12:41 PM
My LHBS provides a 10% discount to homebrew club members, and will match online prices and pony up the dollars for shipping if you want something he doesn't have in stock, but of course then you do have to run to the store to pick it up, not direct-ship to your house.  So it's definitely cheaper with the LHBS given there's no shipping plus the discount.  He doesn't have to do all that, but it's just the kind of guy he is.  You can also order online from him like any of the other big boys, with competitive pricing, but then of course I'd assume you have to pay your own shipping to your house.  http://www.grapegrainandbean.com/

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this advertisement, other than that nice discount.  :)
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: 69franx on April 07, 2017, 02:26:45 PM
I buy 90% of my supplies from my LHBS. I do buy hops in bulk elsewhere, usually someone like YCH hops or Ted's ebay shop(cant remember the name, I have too many hops right now, and for the last year to be honest.) I always look at the daily postings from Homebrewfinds.com, but rarely do I need something from there that I dont already have. I trust and want to support my LHBS as often as possible. The fact that they run an awesome local brewery(or two separate breweries with same equipment) as well makes it easy to stop in there, chat, and shop.



Same here, Frank. My LHBS is top notch, so I buy from them when I can. The killer nano next door is a big plus, too. I do buy hops in bulk from online retailers, though. Mostly YVH and Hop Heaven.
I forgot that he also offers a $10% discount as well for brew club members.  His prices are usually a little higher than online, but the discount usually takes care of that

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Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Stevie on April 07, 2017, 02:28:03 PM
Yeast, speciality grains, and odds and ends from the LHBS. I'm sure I'll buy more base grain when my current sacks are done.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Joe Sr. on April 07, 2017, 02:33:26 PM
IME, it all depends on the specific item.  Some stuff is cheaper, some wildly more expensive (usually the smaller hardware pieces).  I try to buy local, and the convenience of walking in and picking up whatever you need the day before brew day can't be beat, but often for big orders I'll price it out on-line and locally and see where it comes out.

We've got >10% sales tax over by here, which can get pricey quickly.  At least for equipment.  I'm not sure what taxes apply to grains, etc. but I'm sure they get well taxed.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: reverseapachemaster on April 07, 2017, 03:25:03 PM
Locally base malt is cheaper than online, especially with shipping, but pretty much everything else is more expensive.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: WattsOnTap on April 07, 2017, 03:44:00 PM
Definitely an "it depends" question.

Depends on which store I go to as my LHBS.  I have to in the area that are about the same distance.  One has massive stocks, a large staff, offers 10% discount to AHA/military, runs some specials (including 20% off).  My go-to for grain, yeast, and hops.  I will shop around and compare prices with online retailers for hardware and bottles.  Sometimes the 10% off, even with 6% tax added back in, is enough to beat the online guys - and also depends on my "need it by when?" factor.

The other store, is smaller, usually a little costlier, doesn't offer fixed discounts but does have "loyalty program" to earn points worth $ off at a later date. They prefer to select and mill grain for customers, so I don't like not having that "hands on" experience in the grain room.  On the plus side they are open a couple of hours earlier on the weekends, have some different stock choices and availability than my usual LHBS, and often have better stuff on tap in their kegerator.  It's about 5 minutes closer, and I usually spend less time looking around when I go, so it's my "oh crap, the dog got into my flaked oats" brew day emergency store.  On those days, I just have to bypass the kegerator...

Not everything is a one-for-one, and time 'till brew is a factor in my purchasing decisions.  I like both my LBHS staffs, so I'm not too bothered by spending a few dollars more with them than by going online.  I'd really, really hate to lose either as a resource.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: zwiller on April 07, 2017, 05:00:12 PM
90% LHBS and dabble with YVH for unique hops.  Any good LHBS knows they compete with online retailers and uses it to it's advantage.  IE My LHBS does sacks of malt that blow beat online cost without even talking about shipping.  Prices a bit higher on other stuff but not robbery.  If your LHBS feels like a hustle and I've been to a few, I'd order online.  If you expect LHBS to beat Northern Brewer, chill out and enjoy supporting a local business, as it's not always a numbers game.   
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: ynotbrusum on April 07, 2017, 06:02:36 PM
More expensive, but worth it.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: denny on April 07, 2017, 06:14:59 PM
I don't buy online unless my local doesn't carry it. And where i am, grain is considered a food product, so there is no tax on it.

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Same here.  That said, I think local prices might be a little better than online, and there's no shipping.  No sales tax in OR, either.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: fmader on April 07, 2017, 06:20:16 PM
My local homebrew store is Label Peelers. It's close to an hour's drive so it's not really local. I purchase most of my supplies through them. If it's small, I order online and ship. If it's bulk grain, I order online and do a store pick up. They are located very close to LD Carlson,so it's best to order ahead of time, because they don't keep everything in stock. However, they usually have your items that you order in stock within a day or two.

Hops, on the other hand, are purchased online through Yakima Valley Hops.

Every now and again, I will need to use Northern Brewer for a purchase, but it's not very often.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: muzak on April 07, 2017, 10:04:20 PM
More Beer is my LHBS and is only 10 mins away, so it's hard to beat their prices for bulk grain. I'll also pick up liquid yeast in store. Bulk hops, dry yeast and equipment purchases are usually made online.

I feel no guilt with shopping online, since MoreBeer also has a large online presence. So it's not like a local mom and pop is losing business.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: BrewingRover on April 07, 2017, 11:53:03 PM
IME, it all depends on the specific item.  Some stuff is cheaper, some wildly more expensive (usually the smaller hardware pieces).  I try to buy local, and the convenience of walking in and picking up whatever you need the day before brew day can't be beat, but often for big orders I'll price it out on-line and locally and see where it comes out.

We've got >10% sales tax over by here, which can get pricey quickly.  At least for equipment.  I'm not sure what taxes apply to grains, etc. but I'm sure they get well taxed.

Grain gets taxed as food in IL. Never  paid attention to hops and yeast, though.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Stevie on April 08, 2017, 12:10:36 AM
Grain, hops, and yeast are non-taxable food in CA. Pretty sure most of the additives are non-taxable as well. Maybe not oak, but whirlfloc, salts, spices, etc.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: smkranz on April 08, 2017, 12:44:25 AM
I never check local prices vs. online.  In central Maryland we are fortunate that there are 4 LHBS within 45 minutes, most of which also offer a homebrew club or AHA discount.

I shop online (Williams and morebeer, never again NB or Midwest) once in a blue moon when there's a specialty item, or for which I don't feel like making a separate trip.  I also try to make at least one purchase a year from them to meet a requirement that at least one of them has before they'll donate a prize for a homebrew competition.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: majorvices on April 08, 2017, 11:16:28 AM
I am in the unique position of having a well stocked homebrew shop that it included in an excellent bottle/draft shop literally in the same "campus" as my brewery. I can walk from my back door to their backdoor in about 30 seconds or less. And if I ask them to stock something they will. So al most never buy homebrew/small batch ingredients online.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Frankenbrew on April 08, 2017, 12:25:55 PM
I have two excellent homebrew shops near me, but to save time more than anything, I use MoreBeer. Working full-time and helping raise a grandson, time has become more important than money, though, like many homebrewers, I like to make beer for the least money possible. I feel like MoreBeer saves me time and money...and gas.
Title: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: tommymorris on April 08, 2017, 01:13:03 PM
For the LHBS here, the price of the ingredients is competitive, more than some online shops, less than others. We have to pay 8% tax on ingredients.

However, its local. That has value.  You can stop buy and get just one thing you need, whereas online you are best off waiting and grouping lots of things into a single order to save on shipping.

Also, the LHBS here is an experience. They sell commercial beer and have a nice bar with many taps. You can drink a pint, get some ingredients, fill a growler, and pick up a 6-pack all at one place.

Some of our local breweries also sell ingredients.  They are cheap, but, I have never bought from them because I don't want to buy a full sack of grain and don't want to waste their time asking them to split a bag.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: majorvices on April 08, 2017, 01:16:43 PM
I am in the unique position of having a well stocked homebrew shop that it included in an excellent bottle/draft shop literally in the same "campus" as my brewery. I can walk from my back door to their backdoor in about 30 seconds or less. And if I ask them to stock something they will. So al most never buy homebrew/small batch ingredients online.

Forgot to include that his prices are competitive to online. However recently he was out of some yeast I needed and I was forced to order from Northern Brewer.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: riceral on April 08, 2017, 01:18:15 PM
I pay a little more at my LHBS and I don't mind. I stop by on the way home from work to buy supplies or just talk about beer. I get a small discount on grains by being a member of the local club. But it is small and doesn't carry some grain I sometimes use and some hops I sometimes want. I usually order those online. I have been known to order things through the LHBS when cheaper online. I want to support my local shop and don't want to lose that business.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: riceral on April 08, 2017, 01:19:44 PM
For the LHBS here, the price of the ingredients is competitive, more than some online shops, less than others. We have to pay 8% tax on ingredients.

However, its local. That has value.  You can stop buy and get just one thing you need, whereas online you are best off waiting and grouping lots of things into a single order to save on shipping.

Also, the LHBS here is an experience. They sell commercial beer and and have a nice bar with many taps. You can drink a pint, get some ingredients, fill a growler, and pick up a 6-pack all at one place.

Some of our local breweries also sell ingredients.  They are cheap, but, I have never bought from them because I don't want to buy a full sack of grain and don't want to waste their time asking them to split a bag.

Yep, I agree with what you said. I tried to say the same thing and was typing when you submitted your's
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: MountSwolympus on April 08, 2017, 01:37:14 PM
I work at my LHBS, so it's the cheapest one around for me ;) However, I did start shopping there after I had some bad experiences with staff at the one by my house. Our prices are pretty decent, I feel, since we're pretty big and get bulk discounts.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Steve Ruch on April 08, 2017, 03:56:37 PM
My LHBS is not real big and I only go online for stuff he doesn't carry or if I find a WAY better price for something online which is not very often.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: brewsumore on April 08, 2017, 05:35:25 PM
My LHBS (Nu Home Brew, in Spokane Valley, WA) is very reasonable, and equal or cheaper than online for many items, especially ingredients (bulk or weighed), after a 10% discount for current membership in the local homebrew club, and especially if otherwise I'd be paying shipping. 

I buy and freeze bulk hop orders separately which ensures availability of specific varieties, allows me to shop sales, is theoretically cheaper, and allows me to do spur of the moment brews.  In reality, I spend hundreds of dollars for hops this way, that as they age I have to TRY to calculate AA% loss, and sometimes end up still in the freezer 7 years later.  So it's kind of a wash although when brewing ten gallons of hoppy beer I definitely see a savings using hops from my freezer.

I also typically outside source specific brand equipment, including new or used kegs, but I certainly don't fault the LHBS for having some higher priced items - that's how businesses need to operate! 

Through my LHBS I can call him a day or two before his weekly order to order items, including Wyeast liquid yeast, that he will sell me even if he has some older yeast of the same kind in his fridge.  I find that level of customer satisfaction awesome.   
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: ynotbrusum on April 09, 2017, 01:04:17 PM
My LHBS (Nu Home Brew, in Spokane Valley, WA) is very reasonable, and equal or cheaper than online for many items, especially ingredients (bulk or weighed), after a 10% discount for current membership in the local homebrew club, and especially if otherwise I'd be paying shipping. 

I buy and freeze bulk hop orders separately which ensures availability of specific varieties, allows me to shop sales, is theoretically cheaper, and allows me to do spur of the moment brews.  In reality, I spend hundreds of dollars for hops this way, that as they age I have to TRY to calculate AA% loss, and sometimes end up still in the freezer 7 years later.  So it's kind of a wash although when brewing ten gallons of hoppy beer I definitely see a savings using hops from my freezer.

I also typically outside source specific brand equipment, including new or used kegs, but I certainly don't fault the LHBS for having some higher priced items - that's how businesses need to operate! 

Through my LHBS I can call him a day or two before his weekly order to order items, including Wyeast liquid yeast, that he will sell me even if he has some older yeast of the same kind in his fridge.  I find that level of customer satisfaction awesome.   

My reasons, as well.  If a yeast is approaching its best by date, he sells it to me for half off...then I just use a starter and I'm good to go.  He will get any ingredients that he has access to and virtually any equipment or parts, including some things that I don't readily find online (my time is worth something, after all).
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: PORTERHAUS on April 09, 2017, 03:13:46 PM
My LHBS is pretty Ligit, I'm so glad to have it nearby. He has just about everything you would need aside from fittings, not much selection with those other than the basics. But plenty of grain for most anything I brew, wide selection of hops, great selection of both dry yeasts and WL yeasts. His mark up might be on the odds and ends and accessories...cleansers, small parts, keg and draft parts, stuff like that. I haven't ordered online for anything that I could get there, last online order was for some draft parts, fittings and dry yeast he was stocking yet.

Is he cheaper, on some things yes, other things about the same and like mentioned, with some particular items, no, he's more expensive. What little more I may spend per pound of grain, oz of hops or $1 more on yeast, I'm probably still saving with no shipping. It's about an hr round trip to get there, get what I need and BS a few minutes and get back home. You can't beat walking in the day of or day before brew day to get what I need.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: brewsumore on April 09, 2017, 09:15:22 PM
Distance to a LHBS is also a pretty big factor for me.  Mine is only a 10 - 15 minute drive, very convenient.  And recently I've had a couple recipes I was putting together, and decided to change the ingredients based on additional research, but no biggie - just head back to my LHBS!

Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Jkrehbielp on April 10, 2017, 03:48:54 PM
My "local" Homebrew shop is an hour and a half away. A few days ago I needed supplies in a hurry and decided to drive up there rather than risk not getting the shipment fast enough.
I ordered 30 pounds of a base malt I don't often use, along with a few other things through their website for in store pickup, and within half an hour I got a call telling me that it would be cheaper to buy the whole 50 lb bag. They switched that for me and gave me a refund.
When I went in and mentioned that I usually order online because of the distance, she told me that shipping was free.
After that kind of service, I really don't care much about small differences in price. Shout out to Maryland Homebrew.

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Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Steve Ruch on April 10, 2017, 06:33:44 PM
Distance to a LHBS is also a pretty big factor for me.  Mine is only a 10 - 15 minute drive, very convenient.  !

I can catch a bus two blocks from my house that drops me off across the street from my LHBS 17-18 minutes later. I usually brew three gallon batches so it all fits in my backpack.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Andy Farke on April 10, 2017, 11:57:41 PM
I shop LHBS for about 75% of my stuff...I've got two good options both within 15 minutes driving distance. Both offer club/AHA discounts, and I'm not paying shipping in either case. So, even if many items typically are a little more expensive per unit than online, I'm usually saving money (or at least spending the same amount) by driving over to the physical location. I'll sometimes order bulk hops or used kegs online (both are often cheaper that way), but for liquid yeast I almost always buy at the shop so as to avoid the danger of it overheating during transit or having to pay extra for ice packs. For me and my location in SoCal, it's almost always cheaper to buy liquid yeast locally. I also _really_ like the convenience of being able to dash over for impromptu brew day malts or last-minute forgotten ingredient, and so patronize the local shops whenever possible because I want them to stay in business! It's the small orders below the free shipping threshold--the pound or two of malt, packet or two of yeast--that particularly make sense to purchase locally.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: santoch on April 11, 2017, 01:56:17 AM
My lhbs is owned by a guy and his wife that were members of our club before theh opened the shop.  Its in the same building as the brewery where we've held our meeting every month since the club formed 12 yrs ago.  Their prices are good but not as cheap as online.  I dont care, though, because i know i can gonthere and pick up pretty much anything i would need.  I buy most of my stuff there, and even more there now that Larry's is gone.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: narvin on April 11, 2017, 04:28:37 AM
No, and yes... I know, bad answer.

I buy most things there, except when it comes to equipment.  It's hard to beat the best price online when you're a single store. Cooler: Walmart on end of season sale.  I bought a 20 gal pot from instawares and a motor from surplus center. I also bought pumps online.  But aside from some markups on big ticket items, I buy everything there.  Excellent prices and selection for sacks of malt, hops by the 1lb bag, yeast, etc. 
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: kpfoleyjr on April 12, 2017, 01:25:11 PM
My LHBS is pretty Ligit, I'm so glad to have it nearby. He has just about everything you would need aside from fittings, not much selection with those other than the basics. But plenty of grain for most anything I brew, wide selection of hops, great selection of both dry yeasts and WL yeasts. His mark up might be on the odds and ends and accessories...cleansers, small parts, keg and draft parts, stuff like that. I haven't ordered online for anything that I could get there, last online order was for some draft parts, fittings and dry yeast he was stocking yet.

Is he cheaper, on some things yes, other things about the same and like mentioned, with some particular items, no, he's more expensive. What little more I may spend per pound of grain, oz of hops or $1 more on yeast, I'm probably still saving with no shipping. It's about an hr round trip to get there, get what I need and BS a few minutes and get back home. You can't beat walking in the day of or day before brew day to get what I need.
I live in NWI too.  Where is the LHBS that you frequent?  I usually go to Brew & Bloom in Hammond.  Kennywood in St. John just shut down in February.  I buy locally or online, depending upon need and availability.


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Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: cdawson on April 12, 2017, 02:20:45 PM
My LHBS is fairly competitive with online prices, although a touch more expensive. It is a small private owned shop. The owner is very helpful and willing to provide direction when needed. They send out e-mail promotions with product discounts. He is also a member of the local brew club and gives a discount to AHA members. But like most everyone else, some things are just cheaper to source online. I do my best to support the LHBS for my brewing ingredients.
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: PORTERHAUS on April 12, 2017, 03:38:54 PM
My LHBS is pretty Ligit, I'm so glad to have it nearby. He has just about everything you would need aside from fittings, not much selection with those other than the basics. But plenty of grain for most anything I brew, wide selection of hops, great selection of both dry yeasts and WL yeasts. His mark up might be on the odds and ends and accessories...cleansers, small parts, keg and draft parts, stuff like that. I haven't ordered online for anything that I could get there, last online order was for some draft parts, fittings and dry yeast he was stocking yet.

Is he cheaper, on some things yes, other things about the same and like mentioned, with some particular items, no, he's more expensive. What little more I may spend per pound of grain, oz of hops or $1 more on yeast, I'm probably still saving with no shipping. It's about an hr round trip to get there, get what I need and BS a few minutes and get back home. You can't beat walking in the day of or day before brew day to get what I need.
I live in NWI too.  Where is the LHBS that you frequent?  I usually go to Brew & Bloom in Hammond.  Kennywood in St. John just shut down in February.  I buy locally or online, depending upon need and availability.


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I now go to Brewhouse Supplies in Valpo. I used to go to Kennywood when it was in Crown Point. I havent been there since selling and moving to St. John. I have also been to Brew and Blooms many times, nice little shop but hard to do my ingredient shopping there.

You need to check out Brewhouse suppies in Valpo. The place is awesome. The owner is great, great brewer himself, helpful, holds the local brew club meetings and gives an AHA discount. Find them on Facebook too.

Website:
http://www.brewhousesupplies.com/
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: kpfoleyjr on April 12, 2017, 05:22:37 PM
Great - I will.  There used to be a small one in Valpo, owned by the same guy that had one in LaPorte, but both of them closed.  Happy to hear about this one and I'll certainly check it out.  Thanks!


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Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: PORTERHAUS on April 12, 2017, 06:51:34 PM
Great - I will.  There used to be a small one in Valpo, owned by the same guy that had one in LaPorte, but both of them closed.  Happy to hear about this one and I'll certainly check it out.  Thanks!

Your welcome, I also was at Valpo Brews a few times as well. That was a nice place too, I have no idea what happened, one day they were just gone. I'm in Hobart, how about you?
Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: kpfoleyjr on April 13, 2017, 02:44:56 AM
Great - I will.  There used to be a small one in Valpo, owned by the same guy that had one in LaPorte, but both of them closed.  Happy to hear about this one and I'll certainly check it out.  Thanks!

Your welcome, I also was at Valpo Brews a few times as well. That was a nice place too, I have no idea what happened, one day they were just gone. I'm in Hobart, how about you?
Schererville.


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Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Chad Haatvedt on April 19, 2017, 01:18:29 AM
I have done price checking between my LHBS and the big boys, and found that my local shop is very competitive.  I live in a small town, (<15,000) and nearly 200 miles from the big city suppliers.  I really appreciate having a source that can meet 95% of my needs.  I am willing to pay a small premium for that luxury.


Our local HB club has supported our LHBS by directing most of our purchases there, and recommending them highly to other brewers.  The manager of the LHBS consults with us regularly about what items to stock, and what supplies to keep on hand.  This has resulted in a very good selection of grains, hops and yeast, and all of the little incidental hardware items that we need.


Sure, I shop online for high dollar / low volume stuff that the LHBS cannot afford to stock.  They understand.


Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: PharmBrewer on April 19, 2017, 01:30:43 AM
We have no sales tax in Oregon. I find local very competitive.

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Title: Re: Is your local HBS less or more expensive than online?
Post by: Rusty Nails on April 19, 2017, 04:35:18 AM
When I first started basically had two choices. One in Portland Oregon, one in Vancouver Washington. Both about a 2 hr drive one way. To avoid the drive, fuel costs and hatred of the traffic (the county I live in has a population of 20,000, I'm not used to that many cars in one place), I started ordering from them by phone. Now LHBS have come and gone close by, but I find their selection limited. Also, I've noticed a 'box-store' look to their inventory that I am not used to. I buy some things local, but most stuff I still call the two stores I started with. Hard to break old habits.

Ed