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 230ยบ 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

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. 

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)

Meyer Lemon Lager (12 oz, 6 pack)

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

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

Hobo Vanilla Stout (750 ml)

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

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

Cuvee Dry Hop Saison (750 ml)

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

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.

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

Hayseed Grisette (12 oz, 6 pack)

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. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

What's Brewing: April 8, 2016 Edition

Come On! Everyone's Doing It!
Let's talk about trends. Fashion and beauty have always had relatively fast moving trends--that makes sense. And each decade has had it's own food trends. But these days every time you turn around there is a new food trend. First, there was everything pumpkin, then there was bacon, and don't forget bourbon. And in turn, these food trends have influenced beer trends. What we've been seeing lately is fruit flavored beer. There's no denying that fruit flavored anything and warmer weather go hand in hand. So in this issue we'll explore this trend. We've got fruit flavored kits and expert advice as well as a guide to choosing hops. See what inspires you. And as always, you can find these items and more in our Falls Church store or online at www.myLHBS.com.

Friday, March 25, 2016

What's Brewing: March 25, 2016 Edition

Spring Has Sprung

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Autumn and talking about how much we love the crisp air and leaves underfoot. We even went so far as to declare it our favorite season. And yet, when the weather started to warm up after a few months of snow and low temps we were tempted to say Spring is our favorite season. And why not, life is too short to cling to one favorite of anything. The same is true for brewing and beers. There are times when a heavier beer will hit the spot and other times when you need something light and refreshing and that's what makes this hobby so great--you can make them all. So sit back and have an open mind as we introduce you to a few new malts and seasonal ingredient kits we have brought in for you to try. As always, you can find these items in our Falls Church store or online at www.myLHBS.com

Friday, March 4, 2016

What's Brewing: March 4, 2016 Edition

10 Years Young! Happy Birthday To Us!

Did you know that myLHBS is celebrating a big birthday?The store is turning 10 years old! As we've outgrown our space, moved to larger storefronts and expanded our inventory lines one thing has remained the same -- myLHBS is your go-to destination in NOVA for tried and true advice and an unparalleled selection of all things home brew. This store is a labor of love, born out of a passion for home brew! And with the roll out of the online store in 2015, shopping at myLHBS has never been more convenient. So stop by in person or online and and celebrate this great hobby. Cheers!

Friday, February 12, 2016

What's Brewing: February 12, 2016 Edition

Valentines Day, ugh. Call us unromantic but we're not big fans of the holiday. Nothing against love and romance but we feel you should be sweet to your sweetie every day-not just when the greeting card companies are going to make a profit from it!  But if you are planning to play cupid for your favorite home brewer or wine maker, and you are short on time and ideas, we have a suggestion: myLHBS has a whole variety of gift card options! If you have time to come into the store, we have plastic cards and if you are pressed for time, head to our website and purchase an electronic gift card. Both are available in any denomination from $5-$500 and there are no maintenance fees. Gift cards also pair nicely with one of our other fun items like hop flavored candy, a smoke and stout caramel chocolate bar (note: Derek looooves this) or a hop-scented air freshener.  

Don't forget that myLHBS is now open until 6:30 pmTuesday-Friday so you can swing by on your way home from work.  And we're open most Sundays from noon to 4:00 pm now too.  Rick and Dennis will be in the store thisSunday, February 14,  to help you out. Check the myLHBS Calendar for our complete Sunday opening schedule.

Friday, January 29, 2016

What's Brewing: January 29, 2016 Edition

We hope everyone survived the big snowstorm intact and had plenty of brew on tap to revive themselves after all the shoveling and snowblowing. Derek kept himself warm with a whiskey infused stout that was a big hit with the neighbors after it took a group effort to dig out the neighborhood.

Mary, on the other hand, was busy "quality checking" the new coffees the store is carrying from Commonwealth Joe. If her hands weren't wrapped so tightly around her coffee mug, she would be giving them a hearty two thumbs up. You can learn more about this amazing coffee company below. 

Head down to the store to explore our latest additions to our local product lineup as well as our usual comprehensive selection of beer and wine making equipment and ingredients. Shop in store with our new convenient hours or shop 24/7 at our web store.

Friday, January 15, 2016

What's Brewing -- January 15, 2016 Edition

Happy New Year! We hope you have all sorts of yummy recipes planned for 2016. We do! And, as always, just yell if you are stuck for inspiration. We can always point you in the direction of an interesting kit, recipe tweak or book to change up your beer and wine making routine. Speaking of change, we've got a few changes up our sleeves as well.


Starting on January 19, 2016 the store will be open until 6:30 pm on weeknights. Here is our new schedule:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11 am - 6:30 pm 
Wednesday: 11 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 6:30 pm 
Friday: 11 am - 6:30 pm 
Saturday: 10 am - 6:00 pm.
Alternating Sundays: Noon - 4 pm (see calendar)