O’Connor’s Homebrew Supply
Homebrewers rejoice! Opened on March 22nd by owners Ben and Allison O’Connor right here in downtown Grand Rapids, homebrewers now have an easily accessible homebrew supply store. The space is comfortable, warm, and welcoming, staffed by homebrewers who are ready to help you learn and grow in your brewing. “Our whole idea is to be helpful,” says Ben O’Connor, “we want to be the store that gets people into brewing, new or experienced.”
The store is packed full of homebrew goodness, from an extensive selection of brew kettles and equipment kits all the way down to water treatment, flavor extract and adjuncts. O’Conner’s build their own brew kits for you to take home, created by their talented staff! They also stock kegging equipment, large-scale fermenters and house-made mash tuns. Their grain selection is excellent, and they also offer you bigger-scale homebrewers the option of buying base malt in bulk. Also, they carry nearly every Wyeast strain that is available on the American market, providing you a very wide range of yeast to choose from to make sure your next batch comes out perfectly!
Early on, during the 5 months leading up to the store’s opening, it was decided that the store should be heavily influenced by Grand Rapids. Local woodworker Matt Sutton was brought in to build all the shelving units out of beautiful oak, as well as the grain milling station (complete with a chute that sends your crushed grains right into a paper bag). O’Conner’s also features a section of Grand Rapids made wort-chillers of varying sizes, local carboy-carriers, and multiple strains of locally produced whole-leaf hops.
“Everything from Grand Rapids or West Michigan we can get our hands on, we will,” Ben O’Conner proudly states.
Next time you need a piece of equipment, some ingredients, or a helping hand, make a stop at O’Conner’s! They are ready to help you with anything you could need in a comfortable, neighborhood store setting. Located at Union and Lyon downtown (right next to Martha’s Vineyard), it is easily found and open six days a week (closed Monday)! Stop in to see the store, say hello, get into brewing or love it more!
O’Conners Homebrew Supply
613 Lyon NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503