Many of the yeasts, hops and malts that Peter Kinslow sells at Yeast: Everything Homebrew are also offered by online retailers. But Kinslow says that kind of availability doesn’t much matter when a kitchen project goes awry on a weekend afternoon.
“The big thing for homebrewers is the whoops on a Saturday, when yeast doesn’t get going the way it should,” says Kinslow, who this week opened his Mt. Pleasant store. “Even Monday, if something horrible went wrong, it’s ‘I’ve got to get over to the shop today.’”
Kinslow is keeping hours suited for serving hobbyists, staying open on Sundays and closing on Wednesdays.
Although Kinslow took up homebrewing years ago in Denver, he’s never before run a supply store: He came up with the idea after being laid off from his job. “I thought it was time I did something for myself,” says Kinslow, who spent 27 years in the IT industry.
In addition to selling the raw ingredients needed for making beer, Kinslow is also offering classes and renting equipment. Other items in his inventory include kits for homebrewing and wine-making, which Kinslow suspects could be the store’s sleeper hit.
“I think there’s going to be a hidden market for wine making,” says Kinslow, who reports a friend who owns a Mt. Pleasant wine shop claims he fields three or four requests a month for wine-making kits.
Yeast: Everything Homebrew is located at 557 Belle Station Blvd. It’s open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 971-7122 or visit yeasthomebrew.com.