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Sunday, December 23, 2012


There's no place like home to start your own craft beer operation.  Photo: The Homebrewer

JOIN BEERMANIA--Yes, there are more than 60 craft beer breweries operating in San Diego county, but the number of local home brewers is almost impossible to keep tabs on.  But, there’s still time to run to your local beer brewing supply shops to get last-minute holiday gifts for the newbie brewer in your life.   Here are three suggestions from West Coaster magazine (

The Homebrewer (2911 El Cajon Blvd., 619-450-6165) is a new brew needs shop located in historic North Park (beer mecca).  The shop has all you need to brew beer at home and reminds everyone very little space required. Beginners welcome. Includes everything you need to brew a one gallon batch of beer: recipe, ingredients (grains, hops, yeast), one-gallon Jug, thermometer, air lock, sanitizer, nifty instructions, & tubing. The Homebrewer also offers brew classes for both beginning and experienced brewers. 

Best Damn Home Brew Shop is a full service home brew supply shop for beginners to advanced home brewers. Located Downtown San Diego Between Broadway and C Street (1036 Seventh Ave., 619-232-6367. Inside Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods, the shop carries fresh hops, 54 grains, White Lab liquid/powder extract and an onsite mill for small/large quantity, plus bottling and kegging materials.

Home beer brewing starter kits from Home Brew Mart (5401 Linda Vista Rd.,619-295-2337) range from $132.95 to $429.95.  These kits offer virtually everything you need for your first successful batch of home brew. Home Brew Mart (Ballast Point) has designed four kits to allow you to choose the equipment you want. All kits come with ingredients for your first five gallons and full instructions.

Image: The Homebrewer

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