Thursday, September 7, 2017

What's Brewing: September 7, 2017 Edition

The dog days of summer can really make you thirsty for a beer. And since we're beer lovers too we know what it's like to crave something big and hoppy, dark and sweet, or crisp and fruity. We heartily support beer diversity and that drives our passion to carry a very wide selection of homebrew kits, brewing ingredients, and of course beer. Like beer you and your tastes are varied and diverse, and that's a beautiful thing.

We also know that sometimes you might like to switch it up and try new things. We are here to help all our customers--beer brewer, beer drinker, or both--explore the vast beer universe. In this been-there-done-that world, it is our mission to bring in fresh new finds you will be excited to try. And please, if you know of a particular item or a beer we may have missed, let us know!

PS: Did you know that we also sell retail kegs from time-to-time, and can also special order Virginia-distributed beer in for you by the case or keg? Yup, several customers got kegs to go from us this past holiday weekend. Feel free to ask the next time you visit. 

Growlers, Crowlers and More!
Our fridges are always full of great beers and we know it's sometimes hard to choose. But don't worry, now you can easily try them all! With our popular can seamer we can fill 16 ounce "Personal Pint" crowlers and some customers are creating their own custom four, six, or even eight packs! And of course if you really like something we gladly fill 32 or 64 ounce glass growlers.

Our Beer Me! list is powered by the Untapped app. You can use the app to share what you are drinking, find out about beers, breweries, and venues, and get recommendations from friends. Once you download the app, search for myLocal HomeBrew Shop under "Venues" so you can follow us and opt in for notifications whenever we add new beers. We specialize in IPAs, Farmhouse styles and Sours, and local beers in general. You won't want to miss out.



BEER KIT OF THE  MONTH
myLHBS Rappahannock Red Ale
Our favorite American Amber recipe; more hops than malt but plenty there too. Top quality dry yeast is included but if you prefer liquid cultures we recommend using Wyeast 1028 LondonAle (don't forget to protect your liquid yeast during warm periods with an ice pack). Bottle Caps (55) and Priming Sugar (5 oz) sold separately. 
Price: $38.99                            Yield: 5 gallons
Ready: 4 - 6 weeks                   Difficulty: Easy
Color: Deep Amber                   OG: 1.060       FG: 1.014                           ABV: 6%                                    Bitterness: 40 IBU

Join the Team!
Do you love beer? Know a thing or two about beer and homebrewing? Then join the myLHBS team!
Retail and/or sales experience is preferred, as is basic competency with homebrewing and beer styles. Schedules are flexible and training will be provided as needed. We are always in need of seasonal and part-time help so hit us up at info@mylhbs.com! Shifts available during the hours of:
Saturdays 10 am. - 6 pm.
Sundays Noon - 4 pm.
Weekdays: Please inquire

Cider Season is Here
If Fall puts you in the mood for cider, we've got several ciders from Graft Cider for you to try with more varieties on the way. 

Farm Flor - A blend of wild brett fermented juicy young cider with funky and acidic foeder-aged cider.
Fuchsia District - A creamy and tropical guava dreamsicle cider with milk sugar, tangerine zest and vanilla.
Orions Cryptogram - Bursting with mango, passion fruit and DDH (double dry-hopped) with Citra, Amarillo and Azacca hops.

If you are interested in dipping your toes into the home beverage-making world, cider is a great place to start. Each Cider House Select Kit makes 6 - 6 gallons of cider (up to 64-12 oz. glasses). All Cider House Select Kits are also gluten free! We carry the Apple Cider Kit and the PearCider Kit year-round and will happily special order any of the other availableflavors. Special orders are always fast and free and
 all cider varieties are $39.99.



All the Yums! Ice Cream from Jeni's
We need to switch topics for a moment to discuss something very serious. What are you having for dessert tonight? If your taste buds need a little TLC, then come on down and indoctrinate y
ourself to the cult of Jeni's. Once you try it you will find out why even the most stoic of people will full-on gush about this ice cream. It's that good.

Jeni's teamed up with Stone Brewing to create an ice cream that captures the flavors of Stone's Mocha IPA. Their beer has the bitterness of an IPA, yet also the cocoa-coffee indulgence of a mocha stout. Jeni's Mocha Black Cherry hits all these notes and then some: soft coffee ice cream with bitter cocoa nibs, co
mplemented by a luscious ribbon of sweet-sour cherry sauce.

We also have Dark Chocolate Peppermint, Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows, Boozy Eggnog, The Matterhorn, and Jeni's Extra Bitter Hot Fudge Sauce to top it all off. It all just sounds too good to pass up.

And remember... you earn Rewards Points for buying anything and everything in the store, even ice cream and all other goodness!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

What's Brewing: July 1, 2017 Edition

july4th_words_fireworks.jpgHappy Independence Day! Or, shall we say, Happy Blow Stuff Up Day! Seriously, who doesn't like to blow stuff up? But before we wax pyro here, we have important things to tell you. The store will be open regular hours over the weekend so plan to come in for your holiday weekend must-haves. We've got tasty locally-made brats and pretzel rolls to fill your grill, a fun and funky beer selection to fill your fridge and, as usual, we have all your home beer and wine making supplies so you can fill your extra days off with your favorite hobby. And CO2! Don't forget to have enough on hand to get you through your cook-outs, get-togethers, pool parties, happy hours, or whatever else you have planned. 

So to recap, the storefront in Falls Church will be open Saturday 10 am. to 6 pm., Sunday Noon to 4 pm. and will be closed on Monday, July 3 (as usual) and closed on Tuesday, July 4. The web store will be open 24/7, as it always is.

In Other News: We have installed EMV card readers so we are now accepting Apple/Google/Samsung Pay! And check out our TOectionPitch Rate,Yeast ComparisonHop Substitutions and more!
OLS tab on mylhbs.com for handy calculators such as ABVIBUHydrometer Correction and more.



Varieties Available
Cryo hops are sold in one ounce bags.

CASCADE
Medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones.
Alpha: 9 - 13%
Oil: 2 - 4%
$3.99 each

CITRA

Sweet orange marmalade, grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee.
Alpha: 23 - 27%
Oil: 3.5 - 5.5%
$4.99 each

EKUANOT

Cedar, lemon, lime, papaya, apples, cherries, mango, green pepper, citrus and pine.
Alpha: 23 - 27%
Oil: 5 - 7%
$4.99 each
Blueberry, tangerine, lime, papaya, rose, apple blossom, bubble gum, and grass.
Alpha: 20 - 24%
Oil: 2.5 - 5.5%
$4.99 each
Passion fruit, pine, berry, "dank" and earthy.
Alpha: 21 - 25%
Oil: 2.5 - 4.5%
$4.99 each
Get to Know LupuLN2,Cryo Hops
As the name implies, YCH Hops uses cryogenic technology to produce Cryo Hops. They separate whole hop cones into concentrated lupulin hop powder and low-alpha bract via exposure to extremely low temperatures in a nitrogen-rich production atmosphere, eliminating opportunities for oxidation.  LupuLN2 is the concentrated lupulin glands of whole hop cones containing sensitive resins and aromatic oils. LupuLN2 hop pellets offer twice the resin content of traditional T90 pellets and should be dosed at half the weight - the perfect addition for any juicy and resinous, hop-forward recipe.

Using LupuLN2 Cryo Hops
  • KETTLE: Late additions only; early kettle additions should be avoided to prevent boiling out the intense aroma characteristics.
  • WHIRLPOOL: Whirlpool additions are an excellent way to increase aroma and reduce trub-load from large, late additions.
  • KNOCKOUT OR HOPBACK: Due to fine particle size, there is low risk of clogging heat exchangers. This allows for extremely late additions, even with carryover into the fermenter. 
  • FERMENTER: Use in the fermenter is an excellent way to increase aroma while reducing trub-loss. LupuLN2 will settle out during normal conditioning and can be fined, filtered or centrifuged as normal.
Recipe Adaptation
Regardless of application, early trials indicate LupuLN2 beers showcase pronounced juicy and resinous flavors with reduced grassy characteristics. As a result, some brewers recommend using LupuLN2 in conjunction with T90 pellets to ensure the complexity and flavors of the whole hop cone are retained. Creating new recipes with LupuLN2 is an excellent (and safe) way to showcase hops in innovative beers and styles. As a starting point for recipe formulation or modification, the estimated dosing rate of LupuLN2 is 40-50% of hop pellets by weight.


BEER KIT OF THE  MONTH 
MyLHBS S.H.I.P. Ale
Our "Slightly Hazy" IPA is in the Northeast vein; more juicy/fruity hop flavor than bitterness yet enough to make this beer dry and refreshing. Top quality dry yeast is included but if you prefer liquid cultures we recommend Wyeast 1318 London Ale III (don't forget to protect your liquid yeast during warm periods with an ice pack). 

Bottle Caps (55) and Priming Sugar (5 oz) sold separately.

Yield: 5 gal
Ready: 4 weeks
Difficulty: Easy
OG: 1.061
FG: 1.015
ABV: 6.1%
Bitterness: 32 IBU

$49.99


WINE KIT OF THE  MONTH 
Winexpert Eclipse Limited Release Nocturnal
Nocturnal is a classic blend with an unusual moonlit twist. The grapes were plucked from the vines in the cool of the night when sugar levels are more stable and acid levels are better. This results in a wine with richer flavor and aromatics. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault deliver complex spicy aromas with fruity plum and black raspberry on the palate, balanced with earthy woodsmoke. The full body and lush tannins make the finish just long enough to savor all the nuances in this gorgeous wine. Now taking pre-orders. ETA: mid-July.

Body: Full
Oak: Medium-Heavy
Sweetness: Dry
Alcohol: 14%

$189.99 $169.99 save $20.00!



HOP OF THE MONTH
Flavor Profile: Blueberry, tangerine, lime, papaya, rose, apple blossom, bubble gum, and grass.
Alpha Acids: 10.5 - 14%

Regular Price $31.99 Sale Price: $23.99  Save 25%!

Get the Untapped App  
Our  Beer Me! list is powered by the Untapped app. The app is an easy way to find out about beers, breweries and venues, share what you are drinking and get recommendations from friends. Once you download the app, search for myLocal HomeBrew Shop under "Venues" and you can opt in for notifications whenever we add new beers. Super convenient!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What's Brewing: December 13, 2016 Edition


Dear Santa, We Only Have One 
Thing On Our Wish List

Santa, We Only Have One Thing On Our Wish ListDear Santa, We have a question for you. Have you been naughty or nice this year? If you are like us, you have probably been somewhere in between. Derek hopes that "in between" is good enough for Santa, because he's got a MK16 can seamer on his Christmas list. What's on your list? Pssst, if there is anything beer related on your wish list... we know a place that has a great selection of beer, beer making ingredients and equipment, and so much more. We make gift shopping easy--no matter if you are shopping for a craft brewer, a craft brew connoisseur, or yourself. Come in to our storefront in Falls Church,our on-line store (with super-fast local delivery), or select one of our electronic gift cards and get on your way to the best part of the season--festive merry-making! Here's to a Happy Holidays for us all and we thank you for shopping with us!


P.S. We are closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day but will be open on New Year's Eve. Come on in and stock up on your favorites!

The Catalyst Fermentation System
We are big fans of anything that makes it easier to make great beer at home. The Catalyst is an elegant piece of brewing equipment that simplifies the fermentation process.

The Catalyst's tank is made from Tritan®, a medical-grade, BPA-free, polymer. This food-safe polymer is the highest quality ever used in a fermenter, providing the clarity of glass with the durability and convenience of plastic. This material acts as an excellent barrier against oxygen, is highly scratch-resistant and is even dishwasher safe, withstanding temperatures of up to 230º Fahrenheit. 

Benefits include:
  • Conical tank with 45°angle concentrates trub and yeast
  • Includes a proprietary 3" butterfly valve - no clogs!
  • Silicone gasket with multi-surface contact ensures a perfect seal
  • All steps in one vessel: Primary, Secondary, Yeast Harvesting and Bottling
  • Strong and durable stand, designed with I-Beam and honeycomb structure
This piece of equipment is a great value at $199.99 and they will go fast. Because these are brand new to us we are keeping this item available "in-store" only for the time being. You can pre-purchase (or just call ahead to check availability) by calling 703-241-3874. 

Ready, Set, Growlers!
Grab your growler and head down to our Falls Church store front. You won't be sorry! We've got six fun and funky beers on tap every day. Want to know what we have on tap and on the shelves? Check our website under the Beer Me! tab.

Don't have a spare growler? We do! We have 32 and 64 oz growlers as well as a handy growler tote that can be held in place with a seat belt for the ride home! And if you bring in your own growler please make sure it's odor-free, clean, and ready to fill.

Weekly Growler Savings: Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm save on 64 oz growlers and 64 oz growler refills. 
Get the Untapped App  
Our  Beer Me! list is powered by the Untapped app. The app is an easy way to find out about beers, breweries and venues, share what you are drinking and get recommendations from friends. Once you download the app, search for myLocal HomeBrew Shop under "Venues" and you can opt in for notifications whenever we add new beers. Super convenient!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

What's Brewing: October 1, 2016 Edition

OH MY GROWLER!
Or, OMG! as those young folks say. You may have noticed that we've expanded our product line to include ACTUAL BEER! And, we're not talking beer flavored watery beverages... we are talking the real-deal. The good stuff. If it's fun, funky, yummy or hard to get... it's on our radar (and on our shelves and in our new keg fridge and growler station). Yup, you heard right! We've put our mad kegging skills to work and installed a 6 tap growler filling thing of beauty. So grab your growler and head down to the Falls Church store. You won't be sorry! Don't have a spare growler? We do! And if you bring in your own growler please make sure it's odor-free, clean, and ready to fill. 

Save-A-Buck Sundays: Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm get a 64 oz growler filled with one of our six rotating beers and we'll take $1 dollar off that beer's price. 

Want to know what we have on tap and on the shelves? Check our website under the Beer Me! tab. And every Saturday afternoon we'll be pouring samples so you can try before you buy. Check our social media feeds each Friday for info on what we're tasting that week. Cheers!
                        
Get the Untapped App  
Our  Beer Me! list is powered by the Untapped app. The app is an easy way to find out about beers, breweries and venues, share what you are drinking and get recommendations from friends. Once you download the app, search for myLocal HomeBrew Shop under "Venues" and you can opt in for notifications whenever we add new beers. Super convenient!




Now Taking Orders For Winexpert Limited Edition Wines!
Winexpert™ continues to raise the bar each year with its Limited Edition program and LE16 is no different. This year, in addition to sought after varietals and unique blends,Winexpert is offering a very distinctive wine - Blanc de Noir - an elusive white wine that is made from red grapes. Done in an off-dry style, this is the must have wine of the year. Pre-Orders accepted now through December 4, 2016.

Yakima Valley, Washington

Tasting Notes: Ripe raspberry and red currant notes with black pepper and fresh mint leaf notes. Solid tannin providing mouth feel and structure

Food Pairings: Herb crusted lamb, Paprika-rich Goulash stew, Aged Cheddar

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak: Medium | ABV: 13%*

Tuscany, Italy

Tasting Notes: Expressively refreshing, peach, green apple and fresh lime notes with a hint of tarragon on the finish. Sip-worthy on its own with a quenching acidity.

Food Pairings: Regional Italian cuisine like pasta tossed in olive oil, Fresh shellfish, Grilled chicken or turkey

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak: None | ABV: 12.5%*


Valencia, Spain

Tasting Notes: Tempranillo, Carnacha and Bobal bring lush and hedonistic qualities. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah offer body and structure. Notes of black and red fruit, cherry cola, anise and white pepper. Powerful yet subtle mouth feel

Food Pairings: Braised meats, rich sauces

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak: Medium-heavy | ABV: 13%*

San Joaquin Valley, California

Tasting Notes: Blanc De Noir is a French term which means "white wine from dark grapes". No skin contact after pressing keeps the color  light and tannins at bay. Off-dry with notes of crabapple, white peach, grapefruit and hint of strawberry.

Food Pairings: Sliced Ham, Grilled white fish, Eggs benedict

Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak: None | ABV: 13%*


Riverland, Australia

Tasting Notes: Full bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Notes of black currant, cigar box, black cherry and raspberry. Warm spice rounds out the finish.

Food Pairings: Protein-rich dishes like grilled steak, Avoid spice or heat
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak: Medium-heavy | ABV: 13%*

Each LE16 kit contains 30 coordinating bottle labels.


Friday, July 22, 2016

The Weather Outside Is Frightful, But Our Beers Are Refreshing And Delightful

Crisp! Refreshing! Those are the qualities we NEED (I mean, enjoy) in a beer when the DC area heats up like this. While it may be too warm this weekend to brew comfortably, we've got plenty of refreshing porch sippers to keep you cool. Here's a quick list of some of our more summery brews, but you can see the full list on our website under the  Beer Me! tab. 
  • Stoopid Wita witbier from Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Fireboard Blonde Ale, a blonde ale from Seven Arrows Brewing (new from Waynesboro, VA)
  • Berry the Hatchet, a fruit beer from Coronado Brewing Company- really good, light & dry, not sticky sweet.
  • Extra Dry, a sake-style Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
  • IPA Crush, a blood orange IPA & Evergreen IPA, a spruce IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company. This is a newer packaging concept I hope many breweries follow. It's a mixed 6-pack!
  • GT (Gin & Tonic) Gose, a unique gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company -- flavored with botanicals reminiscent of a classic G & T.
  • Who You Callin' Wussie, a pilsner from Stone Brewing
  • Quinannan Falls Lager, an enigma from Bell's Brewery. Lightly dry-hopped with Simcoe. More than a Pils, yet not an IPL. This is a don't miss!
  • Year of the Ox (2016), a honey white pepper tripel from our friends at Old Ox Brewery (VA)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Don't Miss Your Last Chance To Buy This Mill!


We put the Barley Crusher on sale for an unbelievable price just once per year. So if you are thinking about a mill, now is the time to buy! Until July 18, 2016 our Barley Crushers will be on sale for $35 off! 


Owning your own mill has several advantages: you don't have to wait in line to crush at the store, you can adjust the crush to your liking, and with very little effort you can clean it so your grain won't be influenced by what someone else has milled before you. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

What's Brewing: Ju1y 1, 2016 Edition



Happy Fourth of July! 
Or, as we like to call it, Pyro Day! (Who doesn't like to blow stuff up?) The store will be open regular hours over the weekend so plan to come in for your holiday weekend must-haves. We've got tasty locally-made brats and pretzel rolls to fill your grill, a fun and funky beer selection to fill your fridge and, as usual, we have all your home beer and wine making supplies so you can fill your extra day off with your favorite hobby.

So to recap, the storefront in Falls Church will be open Saturday 10 am. to 6 pm., Sunday Noon to 4 pm. and will be closed on Monday, July 4. The web store will be open 24/7, as it always is.

Friday, June 10, 2016

What's Brewing: June 10, 2016 Edition

Exciting things are brewing at myLHBS. If you have been to the store recently, you have seen the changes. If you haven't been in for a while--what are you waiting for? There are so many cool things to talk about this issue we don't know where to start. So here is the quick rundown:
We now sell beer! 
We have a newly updated, more mobile friendly web site. 
And, we have added 12 helpful brewing tools and a recipe builder to the web site.

Want to learn more about these exciting changes? Read on, my friend!

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Beer Arrivals: May 13, 2016 Edition

Availability subject to change without notice.
Please call (703) 241-3874 for more information. 


Allagash
16 Counties Farmhouse-style Ale (750 ml)

Adroit Theory
Angels Trumpet Mango IPA (22 oz)
Imagination Atrophy Caramel Macchiatto Milk Stout (22 oz)
White Noise White IPA (22 oz)
Imagination Atrophy bourbon barrel variant (22 oz)

Anchor
Meyer Lemon Lager (12 oz, 6 pack)

Blackberry Farms
Summer Saison (750 ml)
Fantastic Saison, an absolute must try!

Boulevard
Hibiscus Gose (12 oz, 6 pack)
Ginger Lemon Radler (12 oz, 6 pack)

Caboose
Hobo Vanilla Stout (750 ml)

Coronado
Stingray IPA (12 oz, 6 pack)
Merbear Rye IPA collab with Bear Republic (22 oz)

DC BRAU
On The Wings Of Armageddon DIPA (12 oz, 6 pack)

Dupont
Cuvee Dry Hop Saison (750 ml)

Firestone Walker
Luponic Distortion IPA (12 oz, 6 pack)

Hardywood
Bourbon Grand Cru (750 ml)
Fantastic aging potential on this one.
Hoplar Imperial IPA (750 ml)

Lickinghole Creek
Fearnought Bourbon Imperial Brown Ale (750 ml)
Another great candidate for aging.

Schlafly
Double Bean Blonde Ale (Special Release: 12 oz, 6 pack)
Farmhouse IPA (Special Release: 12 oz, 6 pack)
A very unque Sason-IPA hybrid.

Smuttynose
Hayseed Grisette (12 oz, 6 pack)

Uinta
Ready Set Gose (12 oz, 6 pack)

Friday, May 6, 2016

New Beer Arrivals: May 6, 2016 Edition

Availability subject to change without notice. 

Please call (703) 241-3874 for more information.