|When you walk in...|
|A large variety of malts and grains.|
|The MacGyver Grinder.|
Tim, the owner, is a friendly, down-to-earth former mortgage broker with a good knowledge of homebrewing. He explained the usage of every part he sold us. We even struck up a conversation about growing hops, which he does at home.
BFD is a small, but well supplied shop. It has a hardware store feel and greeting you is a whiff of the wide variety of malts and grains as soon as you enter. There is also a DIY feel to the place - the grain grinder is powered by a MacGyvered electric drill.
|Spices and herbs.|
BFD has a beginners home brew kit for about $100, which does not include chiller, kettle or burner. They also have many other accessories and upgrades that aren't necessary for beginners. They have a healthy selection of extracts and grains. Spend sometime just opening the lids and smelling the different roasts and varieties.
|The taps and photography.|
Tim also has 6 taps which he generally keeps supplied. When we were there he had just ran out of a Lagunitas Pale Ale, but had 3 different home brewed ciders - lavender, dry English, and orange peel. Customers are welcome to take a plastic cup and taste. On the wall above the taps are some cool photos of an All-Grain brewing process.
|The book supply|
BFD is family friendly. There's a corner of the store dedicated for kids to play while the parents shop or talk. It has a couch, flat screen TV and games.
|The Kids Area.|