6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 108
Columbia, Md. 21045
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.
The Thirsty Brewer
13522 Long Green Pike
Baldwin, Md. 21013
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.
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 130A
Baltimore, Md. 21211
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.
The Flying Barrel
1781 N. Market St.
Frederick, Md. 21701
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
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.