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Barry’s Homebrew – New Location

After 15 years, Barry’s Homebrew is relocating!  I remember passing the sign for Barry’s homebrew many, many times since living in South Philly.  The store was located conveniently on the way to Target, and I had countless thoughts of, “Man, I should really look into that.”  I bought my first home brew kit from Barry earlier this year.  He was very helpful and answered all questions I had, no matter how silly or simple they were.  I look forward to checking out the new location.
After 15 years of running Barry’s Homebrew Outlet, I have decided to retire. I loved my job but the inventory has been getting heavier every year and it’s time to pass it along to the younger generation.
Nick and jimmy will be taking over the reins from now on. They are both very knowledgeable about the industry and I have believe they will continue with the good service and prices that you have come to expect for the last 15 years.
The store at 101 Snyder will close on 9/15/2011 and reopen at  the new bigger location listed below on 9/24/2011. The phone number and the website will stay the same, but the email will change to:
I will be hanging out at the new location often so I will see many of you again. I just won’t be the boss anymore.
With appreciation,
Barry Homebrew
1447 N. American st
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Beer, Homebrew, Philadelphia Area


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Pretzels and Hefeweizen

Pretzels are one of my favorite snacks, and hefeweizen is one of my favorite style of beer.  When Hurricane Irene came to town, the best way to combat the rainy, stormy day was staying in, drinking some hefeweizen and baking pretzels.  In Philadelphia, pretzels are everywhere.  You find vendors on street corners, they’re sold at sporting events and community festivals, and there are stores all over town.  It’s not surprising that the average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average (via Pretzel Museum).  Making them yourself was a lot of fun.

Here they are prior to baking

To go along with the pretzels, we needed the right beer.  The German style hefeweizen fit the bill perfectly, “Hefe” means yeast and “weizen” means wheat in German, so the hefeweizen style of beer is a wheat beer that gets a lot of its taste and characteristics from the yeast.  My hefeweizen was brewed with German Pilsner and Wheat Malts, lightly hopped with Liberty hops, and fermented with White Labs hefeweizen yeast.  The yeast gives off a lot of banana and clove flavors.  The beer had a full body, and was nice and sweet.

It paired perfectly with pretzels we made using this recipe from  All Recipes.  We had an assortment of mustards with them, classic yellow, spicy brown, and a Sweet & Hot Mustard from Deitz & Watson.  The pretzels hot out of the oven were soft and buttery, and the mustard gave it the perfect amount of zing.  Followed by a swig of the sweet hefeweizen, it was a great was to spend a rainy day.


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