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Best Resources To Brew Beer At Home Near Detroit

October 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

Looking to brew your own beer? Check out these Metro-area places for the supplies.

The Beer Depot
114 E. William St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 623-4430
www.annarborbeerdepot.com

The Beer Depot may look tiny and may no longer have a drive-through, but don’t be fooled; it actually has a wealth of beer and wine products, as well as supplies for brewing beer at home. For newbies, it sells a home-brew equipment kit and an ingredient kit, and if you already know what you’re doing, it offers everything from beer ingredient kits and extracts to hops and yeast. You can also buy equipment, cleaning chemicals and bottles, caps, corks and waxes. The Beer Depot is located in an Ann Arbor historic building, built in 1875, and was originally a home residence turned tire company later on in its history.

Adventures in Homebrewing
23869 Van Born Road
Taylor, MI 48180
(313) 277-2739
www.homebrewing.org

Adventures in Homebrewing has two locations, in Taylor and Ann Arbor, and you can also buy its merchandise online. It also offers liquor-making and soda-making supplies, as well as home wine-making equipment and beer recipe kits. The store is known for its friendly service and willingness to help anyone become a home brewer, or at least educate them on the art of home brewing. The store also has many brewing gadgets and anything you would need to be successful in home brewing.

Cap-N-Cork Home Brewing Supplies
16776 21 Mile Road
Macomb, MI 48044
(586) 286-5202
www.capncorkhomebrew.com

Cap-N-Cork was founded in 1985 and now has a new owner, Andy Moore, who has worked there since 2003. The store offers wine and beer kits, and each includes complete instructions so that even the most inexperienced brewer can make a successful brew. In addition, all of the shop employees make their own beer and wine and are at the ready to help you with your beer-brewing questions and needs. Cap-N-Cork also offers the option of shopping online for your brewing supplies, and it hosts monthly guest speakers in-store on various home-brewing topics.

Related: Best Detroit Area Brew Pubs

Hopman’s Beer and Wine Making Supply
4690 W. Walton Blvd.
Waterford, MI 48329
(248) 674-4677
www.hopmanssupply.com

Hopman’s of Waterford offers everything from grains and extracts to brewing equipment and cleaning sanitizers for the home brewer. The store also sells wine-making supplies as well as cheese-making supplies for hard and soft cheeses. You can also buy mead, cider and even soda-making supplies. Hopman’s also supports the Society of North Oakland Brewers (aka S.N.O.B.S.) and you can find a link to the society on the website.

Brewing World
5951 Chicago Road
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 264-2351
www.brewingworld.com

Brewing World is located across the street from the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company and offers over 30 year-round extract brewing kits, as well as over 40 different variations of grain. It’s affiliated with Kuhnhenn, too, and has Kuhnhenn Beer Kits so that customers who frequent Kuhnhenn will be able to make their favorite Kuhnhenn beers at home. The store is also a sponsor of the Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers Homebrew Club (aka the KGB) which meets the first Monday of every month at the brewery to discuss the hobby of homebrewing.

Related: Best Bars With Local Liquor And Brews In Detroit

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at Examiner.com and yesnofilms.com.

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