Ingredients: 4.5 | Equipment: 4.75 | Service/Helpfulness: 5 saugbrewer's(2) Overall Score: 95.0 this user does not have enough reviews for this score to count
A much upgraded and (relatively) new location at Kedzie and Addison with a better homebrew focus, including extensive malt, hops and yeast selections. Also, they brew right in the store and have brewing classes. The staff is knowledgable and helpful, which is also a welcome upgrade from the old location. My only beef: they can run out of hops between shipments so plan ahead or be prepared to tweak your recipe if you're shopping last-minute.
Wandered in here today, noticed they have free Intelligentsia coffee (and sell beans), which is a bonus.
Everything is well lit and well organized. The brewing supplies are all in well defined areas, the space is big and feels like a mini-Home Depot. To the immediate right when you walk in are restrooms and tropical plants, but beyond that are separate coolers for yeast and pelletized hops. To the left along the wall are assorted grains, and further up are books about brewing, including my favorite, Wild Brews. Hop selection was pretty varied, noticed full bins of Mosaic and Falconers Flight, no Citra (none to be found anywhere of course).
There was a guy on the floor helping a customer with a recipe, and at the counter they let me know when the next homebrew class was (March 7th). They had some modified keg kettles set up under a hood for brewing indoors, and an inspiration shelf of assorted empties of hard to find commercial beers. A great spot for homebrew supplies, literature, and coffee, just a short skip away from Revolution and Beer Temple.