Not too long ago, I mentioned my LBHS's (Local Home Brew Shops) on this blog.
I have recently started working in "the Tech Center" of the Denver Metro area, which means I no longer work close to Stomp Them Grapes . But, now I work close to another LHBS called The Brew Hut. I went there today to get grains for my Phat & Tyred Ale.
I like this place too. Their grain price is slightly better than Stomp and seems to have similar selection. Their hop prices are better than Stomp, but not quite as good as Beer at Home. Their extract prices are better than Beer at Home but not as good as Stomp Them Grapes.
So, now, I guess I have 3 LHBS's that I will go to. If I want extract, I should go to Stomp Them Grapes. If I want hops, I should go to Beer at Home, and if I want grains, I should go to The Brew Hut. Of course, when it comes right down to it, Stomp Them Grapes probably will not get a ton of my business just because I will not be "up North" very much. I think what I need to do is work on the guys at Beer at Home and The Brew Hut to improve on their negatives.
Anyway ... just another benefit to living in the Denver area ... choices when it comes to LHBS's.
Oh ... a couple other advantages that The Brew Hut has: it is attached to a brewery with a tasting room (Dry Dock Brewing) and it is open 7 days a week!