Despite Bellingham’s booming brew-tourist culture, home-brewing still holds strong.
To support craft-happy Bellinghamsters, Robert Arzoo opened North Corner Brewing Supply in 2000. The store sells a range of supplies for new brewers and seasoned professionals alike. Customers make everything from beer and wine to cider and kombucha.
Despite the convenience of ordering from Amazon, hobbyists come in for the less shipping-friendly items, such as glass carboys. They also get to have a real dialogue with experienced brewers and interact with fresh grains.
People brew because they like the process, Arzoo says. They might save a buck in the end, but that’s never the primary motivator.
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