The next best thing to drinking beer is making it yourself. Sydney’s Inner West has one of the best and funkiest home brew stores around in The Hop & Grain.
I’m a relative novice when it comes to homebrewing. I stick to extract brewing in very small batches. (I use dry malt extract rather than tins of liquid like in the Coopers sets.)
Located in the Inner West
Originally based in Enmore, The Hop & Grain have now moved to bigger premises in Marrickville. Although, you’re best going to Sydenham station and making the short walk. They’re placed very conveniently around the corner from Batch Brewing Co and their tasting bar.
Whether you’ve been brewing for years or you haven’t got a clue what you’re doing, they’re super helpful. In the past I’ve pestered them with stupidly basic questions which they’ve been more than happy to help me with.
They’ve fixed me up with recipes right there in the shop, shared brewing techniques, and bagged up minuscule amounts of malt and hops just for me.
I learn something new nearly every time I’m in there talking to them and I always come away happy and completely stoked to get on with my brew.
Home Brew Kits
For the beginner, they have starter sets. In fact, I still use the 5 litre apartment-friendly brew set. I started out with one of their brown paper bags filled with everything I needed to brew my first pale ale. (Aside from a touch of diacetyl, it turned out pretty well for a first try!)
They have kits for stouts, hefeweizens, IPAs and ciders and they’re more than happy to discuss your recipe needs.
Nowadays I usually go in with a plan and a shopping list (although that doesn’t stop me from getting inspired and picking up a few extra bits and pieces).
Visit for an Event or Shop Online
The guys at Hop & Grain also host classes and events, from introductions to all grain brewing (the more serious stuff) to home-brew bottle share nights. I haven’t made it to one of these yet but definitely will at some point.
Check out their online store to see some of the stuff they have, or if you’re around that area head down and let them convince you why you should start home brewing (that’s if you won’t take my word for it)!
I thoroughly recommend hitting up Batch Brewing and then popping into The Hop & Grain for some home-brew supplies.
Hours: Mon-Tues: Closed, Wed, Fri, Sat: 9:30am-5pm, Thurs: 9:30am-7pm, Sunday: 10am-2pm
If you’ve been along, let me know what you think in the comments.
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