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Best Resources To Brew Beer At Home In Baltimore

October 2, 2013 6:00 AM

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Whether you’re looking to take lessons to become a home brewer or need to stock up on supplies, the Baltimore area has plenty of places to get your home-brewing fix. From shops with brew-on-premises set-ups to gatherings dedicated to just the ladies, there are options for all levels and interests. As Baltimore’s beer scene continues to evolve, the need for home-brewing supplies and classes is met with innovative shops and events like these five home-brew havens.
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Maryland Homebrew 
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 108
Columbia, Md. 21045
(410) 290-3768
stores.mdhb.com

Maryland Homebrew is a cornucopia of resources for the home brewer in the Baltimore metro. The website offers an entire page dedicated to how-to guides and recipes, including some from local brewer, DuClaw. The store is an expansive warehouse with wine- and cheese-making rooms. Maryland Homebrews offers plenty of starter kits for home brewing. On-hand inventory includes yeasts, malts, hops, bottles and everything else that the home brewer could need. Have a home brewer in your life? A gift certificate to Maryland Homebrew is the perfect gift for him/her.

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The Thirsty Brewer
13522 Long Green Pike
Baldwin, Md. 21013
(410) 592-2843
www.thirstybrewer.com

The Thirsty Brewer in Baltimore County prides itself on offering all needs for home brewing at competitive prices. The store ships to all 50 states and is open to the public from Wednesday through Sunday. On the first Wednesday of each month, The Thirsty Brewer hosts classes for beginners from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. With complimentary snacks and a beer from the previous meeting, it’s an excellent way to get started as a home brewer. The business also offers information about home-brew clubs for customers.

Nepenthe Homebrew
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 130A
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(443) 438-4846
www.nepenthehomebrew.com

Nepenthe Homebrew is one of the newest shops in Baltimore, located in Clipper Mill. Nepenthe—which is an elixir used to induce happiness—opened in the Meadow Mill building to offer home brewers a full-service home beer- and wine-making shop and brew-on-premises location. It’s working on writing comprehensive brewing guides to share with customers. Nationwide delivery from the online shop is in the works, so only local customers can order now and pick up at Nepenthe. The shop includes magazines, resources for the first-time brewer, equipment, ingredients and “fun stuff” like hop candy and beer soap.

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The Flying Barrel
1781 N. Market St.
Frederick, Md. 21701
(301) 663-4491
www.flyingbarrel.com

The Flying Barrel may be a bit west of the Baltimore metro, but it’s worth a trip to this home-brew mecca. If you brew with The Flying Barrel, you’ll have experienced instructors, the ability to brew up to 15 gallons, taste home brews and leave the mess behind. Or stock up on yeasts, extracts and everything else needed to make home beer or wine. Cider and root beer kits are also available. Gift certificates can be purchased for the home brewer in your life.

Lady Brew Baltimore
Location varies
Baltimore, Md.
www.ladybrewbaltimore.com

Lady Brew Baltimore provides a unique experience for the home-brewing females in Baltimore. With meetups at either a brewer’s home or at Nepenthe Homebrew, Lady Brew takes the intimidation out of home brewing. Each lady pays $10 per brew session to cover the cost of ingredients and materials, and a $20 yearly membership fee covers a book, button and a 10-percent discount at local supply stores. Each Lady Brew Baltimore session can host up to 10 guests and brews every other month. Past Lady Brews have created brews like Chocolate Lavender Porter and Sour Cherry Spicy Rye.

Related: Best Restaurants Serving Seasonal Beer in Baltimore

Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for Examiner.com.

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