Homebrew Connection a one-stop shop for brewers

Lenord Dorr, owner of the new Homebrew Connection in Montrose, stands in front of dozens of beer brewing supplies in his shop on 20 S. Nevada Ave. in Montrose.

MONTROSE — For Montrose residents Lenord and Rebecca Dorr, the idea was simple: Turn as many area kitchens into home breweries as possible and educate the public to the satisfying benefits of making beer and wine at home.

Since opening Nov. 26, sales at Homebrew Connection, 20 S. Nevada Ave., have been strong, Lenord Dorr said, because home brewers no longer have to travel to Grand Junction for supplies or order them online.

Inside, purchasers can find everything needed to begin brewing a variety of light and dark beers at home. Colorado grain, grown in the Alamosa area, can be bought in one-pound to 50-pound bags.

The store sells beginner and intermediate kits for the emerging brewer and provides large bulk supplies for the advanced brewer. The store also stocks gluten-free brewing supplies.

“We provide a beer library so that people can look and find a beer they’d like to make within the recipes,” Lenord Dorr said.

In a separate room, supplies for crafting six-gallon batches of dark and white wines from pinot noir to chardonnay can be bought. Grape juice that was grown, packaged and shipped from Italy can be transformed into about 28 to 30 bottles of wine, Dorr said.

In addition to beer and wine, soda kits are available for a variety of flavors, including root beer, grape and orange.

Dorr said he wants to educate and connect new and emerging home brewers with each other by providing training and classes. For example, an intermediate brewing class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

The store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For information, call 970-249-4683 or visit http://www.thehomebrewconnection.com.


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