FUQUAY-VARINA — Adam Drew and Christina Miles want to help other home-brewers make their own beer, wine, cheese and other products.
They offer supplies, ideas and knowledge at their new store, Homesteader’s Brew Supply, which is set to open this month in Fuquay-Varina.
The idea for Homesteader’s started brewing before the couple moved from Vermont to Holly Springs last fall. Once they decided a brew-supply store was the right fit, they renovated a downtown Fuquay-Varina space. Then they filled it with items customers need to make their own products.
Make-it-yourself enthusiasts can find plenty of stuff they need, whether they are looking for cheese kits and molds, coffee beans and roasters, or beer and wine bottles.
Those who enjoy brewing their own beer, whether they are just starting out or are experts, can find everything from kits to extracts to grains. They will even get a chance to smell hops in sample jars to help them make their selection.
Here, Drew and Miles talk about their business.
Q: Why open a store like this?
People in the area like good craft beers. Many brew their own.
With Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina growing as rapidly as it is, we thought that a home-brew supply store in this area would be welcomed.
Q: What type of make-it-yourself projects have you done? What do you like best about home brewing?
We love good food and drink. We both like to cook.
Adam started home brewing about five years ago. It’s fun to serve stuff to friends when you can say, “I made it myself.”
We have made wine, and we are now learning more about cheese-making and coffee-roasting.
Q: What are some of the main types of products customers can find? Do you carry any especially unique products?
We will have what you need to brew beer, make wine and different types of cheeses at home.
What is unique is that we will offer different varieties of green coffee beans and coffee roasters. Roasting your own beans at home is becoming popular among coffee lovers.
Q: What can customers expect when they walk into your store?
Our customers can expect friendly, personalized service. If we don’t have what they need, we will try to order it for them.
We will have coffee samples of the coffee we have roasted, and we hope to eventually have other samples on Saturdays.
Q: What type of helpful information and recipes can customers find?
We have books on beer, wine and cheese. We will be posting recipes on our website, as well as offering multiple beer recipes at the store.
We do hope to offer classes in the future. We want to hear from our customers what it is they are interested in and try to bring it to them.