About us

Redefining Homebrew, Philly Homebrew Outlet specializes in Beer, Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie making equipment and ingredients as well as home and professional bar equipment. Our goal is to provide you with the best customer service and expert knowledge so everyone can succeed in meeting their homebrew goals.

Philly Homebrew is Better Than Ever!

Years ago, there was a store located in South Philly named Barry's Homebrew Outlet. Barry Mulherin was a do it yourself pioneer, building his home and store from an empty burned out shell. Barry's Homebrew Outlet started in 1983, servicing South Philly for Beer and Wine making enthusiast, just like yourself. After 15 years of running and owning the store, Barry felt it was time to move on, and sold the company to two of his best friends, Nick Less and Jimmy McMillan.

Nick started brewing beer with Barry, and Jimmy started brewing alone following the guidance of any book he could find. The boys met at Barry's Homebrew Outlet in the summer of 2003 at a "SPAM: South Philly Ale Makers" meeting, and have been friend ever since. Once the offer of purchasing the store was on the table, they both resigned their jobs and started a new business driven by the love and passion of homebrewing.

Since 2011, Nick and Jimmy have been running the store from a new location just blocks away from Northern Liberties. At 1447 N. American Street lies a 1800 square foot building packed to the gills with Beer, Wine, Cheese making, and more supplies and ingredients.

In 2015, our West Philly location opened its doors at 1314 S. 47th Street and have since allowed us to offer free weekly classes on all things fermented and other topics.

Our family has continued to grow with our newest store opened in late 2017 in Oaklyn, New Jersey.

Redefining Homebrew? What's that even mean?

Philly Homebrew Outlet is not just a retail store, it's a one stop shop for all types of Do It Yourself consumables. The vast knowledge the team has is shared free of charge for anyone that walks into the store. Ask any question, and if you don't receive the exact answer, you'll get a justified open opinion on the subject.

Homebrewing as a verb means to brew up something at home. Usually perceived as Beer brewing, but every morning you wake up and brew a pot of coffee... isn't that "Homebrewing" too? Why not crushing fresh fruit and making a small batch wine, or pressing your first semi soft cheese into a shaped mold? Want to start making your own Salumi in your basement, or growing tender Shiitake on a log in your dining room? Yep, that's Redefining Homebrew!

To all of you, from all of us at Philly Homebrew Outlet - Thank you and Happy Brewing!

Nick and Jimmy
Philly Homebrew Outlet