Best Place For Homebrew Supplies: Wilmington Homebrew Supply

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By Philip Sayblack

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wilmington, North Carolina, is known for a lot of things – it is home to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, the USS North Carolina and one of the state’s biggest ports. It is also home to Wilmington Homebrew Supply, named the Best Place For Homebrew Supplies by readers of Carolina Brew Scene magazine.

The still very young homebrew supply store is very quickly making a name for itself, not just in Wilmington but across the state. The store, opened in 2012 by owner/operator John Savard and Michelle Savard, offers do-it-yourself home brewers not only beer kits, but wine kits, too. It also offers home brewers everything they need to do their own home brewing, including dry and wet yeast, air locks, kettles, cleaners and sanitizers and much more.

John Savard said keeping the store stocked with a wide array of items for brewers of all levels of experience is one of the store’s strong points.

“We stock the shop with absolutely everything we can,” Savard said. “Everything a beginner would want, to all-grain equipment, kegging equipment, and more advanced items for the more advanced brewer.”

Beginning brewers have no reason to be nervous when they come into the store, he said, because the staff offers step-by-step instruction on getting started. Tthe store also stages free brewing demonstrations on the first Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. and even shares all of its brewery recipes with home brewers.

While Wilmington Homebrew Supply has only been in business since 2012, Savard said he has seen the city’s brewing landscape change dramatically. The change points toward a growing focus on brewing, he said.

“When we started in 2012, there was only Front Street Brewery. Now there is a growing and flourishing beer scene,” Savard said. “We are thrilled to be a part of it as a homebrew shop, a brewery and taproom.”

The store has plans to expand its brewery. Savard credits Wilmington’s homebrew community for its support of the store, saying it played a direct part in the store’s continued growth and success.

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