Drinks often bring people together, uniting folks, despite their differences, in the common interest of enjoying a good brew. While most people pick up some of their favourite refreshments, some like to be more hands-on, interested in how the delicious drinks are brewed and want to play a vital role in their creation. This is where Homebrew Junction comes in.
First opened in October 2020, Homebrew Junction is a haven for those who love everything homebrewed. Homebrewing is a practice in which beers, ciders, wines and kombucha are brewed in small, personal batches within a person's home for personal consumption only. Homebrewing requires unique equipment, supplies and tools often not found easily in retail, especially in St. Thomas. Owner Trevor Hawley soon discovered this, and after needing to find new employment following changes caused by the pandemic, decided, along with his wife Jen, to open up shop in St. Thomas.
In an interview, Trevor explained how great the feeling of connecting with your buyers can be. He describes how he enjoyed helping others get started in the hobby of homebrewing and helping more experienced brewers with any issues. Even just chatting with another homebrewer was an enjoyment. This downtown business opened opportunities for them and their clients to expand their horizons. With all the latest equipment, Homebrew Junction has gained a reputation for customers searching for homebrewing supplies first and foremost.
They offer everything you may need to begin your homebrewing experience, from the sugars to the distillers, and options to match everyone's taste. With over 30+ types of hops, any beer lover will find a new favourite. Homebrew Junction also carries several sweet and fruit-flavoured vodka flavouring, extracts, purees, and more for those with a fruitier palette. They also have a large selection of containers from Brumate, so you can store your self-brewed drinks. For those curious about homebrewing but still need to figure out where to begin, the store has created beer, cider and wine brewing starter kits containing everything a beginner will need. Their expert guidance will help with any questions you may have.
Homebrew Junction is a real treat for any drink connoisseurs looking to up their game and dive into the world of hands-on homebrewing. From their railway-related name to their incredible customer service, this couple-owned business has become a landmark of St. Thomas' downtown culture that will continue to flourish in the Railway City.