Winnipeg: Grape and Grain, Francees Brew Shop, & Wine Sense

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Devo9
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Winnipeg: Grape and Grain, Francees Brew Shop, & Wine Sense

Post by Devo9 » 8 years ago

I know of three brew shops in Winnipeg. Hear is what I know of them:

Grape and Grain http://www.grapeandgrain.ca/
726 Osborne St.

This one is my favourite. Open late, great prices, and helpful (when someone is available). On the other hand they do not have all the neat gadgets, their layout is a little disorganized, and they are also a busy roleplaying & collectables store so it can be difficult to find help.

They have a lot of a lot of beer brewing equipment, lots of odd and end, kegging supplies, beer and wine kits, bottling apparatus, cheese cloth, cheese presses (I’m thinking about using for pressing apples), a lot of wine and beer additives, a great selection of yeasts, and I seem to find new stuff every time

b]Francee’s Brew Hut[/b] http://franceesbrewhut.com/
1838 Grant Ave.

This shop is great too. Francee really seems to know his stuff, is friendly, and is always ready to help. However, the place is almost always closed when I need something (see the website for hours, open to 6:00 pm weekdays) and they are a bit more expensive for some things then Grape and Grain. (significantly more for an identical hydrometer)

Since I have only been there a couple times (due to early operating hours vs. late brewing hours) I don’t know much about what they carry. They DO have yeast, beer & wine kits, starter kits, and hydrometers but I am not sure what else. I am excited to make a real visit and see everything they have to offer. I’ll update this when I get that chance.

Wine Sense http://www.mywinesense.com/
115 Vermillion Rd., 2609 Portage Ave., 1919 Pembina Hwy., 2211 McPhillips St., & 686 Springfield Rd.

I have only been to the Portage location, but now that I look at it, the Pembina location is closer and if there are any differences I’ll update my review. This is where all the cool gadgets are. I bought racking equipment, and cleaning equipment from them. They have a very neat and organized store where everything is easy to find. I have not priced the difference of equipment costs because the Portage location was inconvenient, but not that I have found a nearby location I will investigate it further. Their yeast is the one thing I priced out and it is more expensive then Grape and Grain by a noticeable amount.

Other than the cool gadgets they have, their supplies are very basic. I can get racking wands, fermenters, primary buckets, kits and a small selection of yeasts. Their wine and beer kits on the other hand are plentiful and if I used kits (I’m mainly a cider, mead, and fruit wine brewer), I would probably buy from them. My biggest criticism of Wine Sense (Portage location) is that I am not impressed with the storage practices for their yeast, they keep them all at room temperature. The one time I bought their yeast (out of necessity) was the one time I had a yeast fail on me. Fortunately I had bought two packets (I must be a little psychic) and the second did the job.


Conclusively, each HBS has their pros and cons, but all have a lot to offer, and between the three shops I find a way to maintain my brewing hobby!

I hope this write up helps any Winnipeg brewers out there. If anyone has comments on my review please feel free to share. And if I have missed any Winnipeg brew shops, I’d love to hear about it!

Cheers,

Devin

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Re: Winnipeg: Grape and Grain, Francees Brew Shop, & Wine Se

Post by Brandex » 7 years ago

I go to Brewers Direct often, they have a few locations.

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Post by BorealBrewer » 7 years ago

The Wine Baril (591 Archibald): Not the greatest place for beer stuff (limited selection, caters to wine makers and canned-kit beer makers) - but, the family who run the place know their stuff. Sold me my start gear, sold my Daddy his starter gear, and my Grand-daddy before that. Family legend is there would be a lot less brewing in Winnipeg if it weren't for this place.

I like G&G, the Brewer's Direct chain is getting better, have been sold shoddy stuff and given bad advice at a few Wine Sense outlets.

I do most of my brew shopping at G&G, pick up stuff I need but forgot to buy at G&G at Brewer's Direct on the way home from work, and make a few semi-annual pilgrimages to St. B's The Wine Baril.
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Re: Winnipeg: Grape and Grain, Francees Brew Shop, & Wine Se

Post by bigrockk » 6 years ago

I am just getting started (again) so I have only been to Brewer's Direct on Sargent. They seem to have a good supply of the Festa Brew kits which for now is what I am after.

Moonshiner's in St. B is a place I want to check out, they list all of their prices on the website which I really appreciate. Prices seem pretty good as well.

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Post by WpgBrewer » 6 years ago

I find that the best beer supplies is at the Grape and Grain. They have the best hops and yeast selection. They are also the only place with their own grain room. It is located in the basement if you are trying to find it. Not to mention they make their own partial mash kits. They also have better prices on their liquid malt extract.

I went to Brewer's direct once and the service was terrible. They didn't even have nottingham yeast in stock. Their hops were reasonably priced though.

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Post by Ernest » 5 years ago

So which one is the best store in Winnipeg for these days?
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Post by Chicco » 4 years ago

been going to Brewer's direct at Sargent and it's been good for me, Barry, the old guy has been very helpful and gives good advice.

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Re: Winnipeg: Grape and Grain, Francees Brew Shop, & Wine Se

Post by Grain-To-Glass » 4 years ago

We just opened up our homebrew shop in Winnipeg earlier this year. We carry a wide selection of malt, yeast, hops, extract, equipment, beer and wine kits etc. Check us out www.graintoglass.ca or swing by the store, we're open 7 days a week 579 st-mary's road. Cheers!

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