OPEN UNTIL 630 ON NYE. CLOSED JANUARY 1, 2020.
myLocal HomeBrew Shop started in 2005 as a brick and mortar store only. We've expanded our Falls Church storefront twice since then and in late 2014 we dipped our toes into the online world. As Virginia's leading homebrew supplier for more than 10 years we're pleased to serve our friends and customers locally, and beyond!
Although our selection of equipment and ingredients is already extensive, it's always growing. Our malt producers include the likes of Briess and Pilot, Muntons, Fawcett and Bairds, Avangard, Best, Dingemans and others. We carry Yakima Chief Hopunion (YCH) hops, Wyeast, White Labs, Imperial and Omega liquid yeast cultures, and many dried varieties including Mangrove Jack. Our popular Brewers Best beer kits are assembled and delivered to us each and every week, along with all of our other supplies. We also manufacture our own Potomac River Ales, Inspired Ales and Original Ales. Winemaking friends enjoy top notch Winexpert kits and cider and mead making supplies too.
Derek is a long time homebrewer and former brewer at the Potomac River Brewing Co. of Chantilly, Virginia. He also managed Brew America in Vienna (and Merrifield) throughout much of the 90's. After much deliberation Derek opened myLocal HomeBrew Shop (myLHBS) in October 2005. Since that time, the store has quadrupled in size and in 2014 he added an online store to support home brewers near and far. He is the “go to” guy for recipe development and has an encyclopedic knowledge of ingredients, kegging solutions and brewing equipment.
Favorite Beer Style: IPA
Favorite Brewing Method: On a typical weekend, extract brewing with specialty grains. When time allows, all grain on his GrainFather.
Mary is a communications and marketing professional, and knowledgeable homebrew spouse who brews occasionally after discovering the PicoBrew Zymatic. She is a coffee enthusiast and can be found sipping home roasted, cold-pressed coffee any time of the day. Mary mostly works behind the scenes at myLHBS but brings her sunny personality into the store once or twice a week.
Favorite Beer Style: Prosecco
Favorite Brewing Method: Cold-pressed coffee in a French Press.
Wait... I mean the other Derek, or D2 as we call him. Derek Stillwagon, our newest staffer, is a home brewer and a total foodie. If you want ideas on tweaking your recipe, he's your guy. After working crazy hours in the restaurant industry for years he's pretty stoked to be working "normal" hours, talk home brew with customers and to eagerly taste-test all the new food and beverages (and beer!) we've started carrying.