Do you love beer? Do you love the fact that Colorado has so many amazing breweries, local flavors and different ways to enjoy your favorite drink? Then why not take your beer love to the next level and start brewing at home? There are many different shops found all over the Denver area that cater to the home-brewing fanatics. You can get all the equipment, all the ingredients and even some help from the experts on staff as you stop by and stock up on all your brewing needs. Here are a few of the best spots to get your home-brewing supplies in the Denver area.
Beer at Home
4393 S. Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
Beer at Home has everything you need to get started. With a knowledgeable staff and plenty of different ways to start brewing your own beer, you’ll end up becoming a regular here. If you are brand new to brewing your own beer, consider one of the beginner kits. The Deluxe Homebrewery comes with everything you need, including a five-gallon glass carboy, the fermometer and all the tubes, brushes, jars, caps and cleaning kits. Once you’ve got your supplies, you’ll then need to pick up the beer ingredients. At Beer at Home, you can select from a huge variety of flavors, from Belgian Wit to American Weizen to India Pale Ale, Irish Ale, Nut Brown and Kolsch. There are a lot of different mixes so you can find the one you like best.
The Brew Hut
15120 E. Hampden Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014
The Brew Hut is another great spot for getting all the supplies you need to start making your own tasty brew at home. You can get all the necessary equipment here as well, including the Super Ultra Mega Deluxe Equipment Kit, which has two huge bottles along with everything you need, plus a DVD on extract brewing. You can also get several professional recipes to make your favorite beers at home. The Brew Hut has kits for you to make gallons of Wynkoop Patty’s Chili Beer, C.B. & Pots Big Horn Bluto Belgian Brown, Lone Tree Brewing Hoptree Double IPA, Copper Kettle British Black IPA and many others. With a kit from The Brew Hut, plus a couple of these recipe kits, you’ll be the neighborhood brewery in no time.
1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite B
Lakewood, CO 80226
For beer supplies in Lakewood, look to Barley Haven for lots of great ways to make your own brew. You’ll find plenty of starter kits including a couple of different keg brewing kits that let you brew into your own at-home keg, complete with CO2 and ball locks. You can also pick up supplies for your kegerator here, and all the tubing, valves and other connectors you need to have your fully functioning keg ready to go at all times. Then you just need to select your beer and start brewing. Choose from Agave Wheat, Belgian Strong Ale, Black English IPA, British Brown Honey, Crocodile Tear Saison and so many more. Get a few and you can have your own bar, complete with several local beers on tap.
1245 E. 39th Ave. Building C #301
Denver, CO 80239
Grainy Days is one of the newer home brew stores in Denver but it’s ready to set you up with all the equipment, hops, yeast, grains and more so that you can enjoy your love of the brew at home. No matter your hopping method of choice, Grainy Days has you covered, with whole leaf, pellet or oil to choose from. Stop in and chat with the friendly owners and you can get all the help you need to get started.
Tom’s Brew Shop
883 Parfet St., Suite J
Lakewood, CO 80215
Tom’s Brew Shop has a huge variety of resources and supplies to get you brewing in no time. However, this small shop does have frequently changing hours so you’ll want to call before you make the drive. One step inside this shop and you’ll find everything you need including all the equipment, kegs and draft systems plus glass carboys, bottles and more. Get your grain in bulk if you want to start making some really big batches, or get smaller quantities and just make a few gallons of your very favorite brews. You can also get some fun beer soap and hop candy for those that really love their beer.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.