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Beer specialty stores that can satisfy your home-brewing needs

Robert Janosick owns Glen Cove Home Brew, a

Robert Janosick owns Glen Cove Home Brew, a beer-brewing supply store in Glen Cove. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

It starts slowly, beer fever. First you start to look at your Bud funny. Soon you're quizzing the bartender about lambics and wheat beer. You start shopping at beer specialty stores and filling growlers directly from local breweries. The final phase of beer geekdom is home brewing. Here are six stores that can satisfy all home-brew needs:

Arbor Wine & Beermaking Supplies

184 Islip Ave., Islip, 631-277-3004,

Owners Laura Arbacas and Rachel L. Acevedo sell everything you need to make your own beer, wine, mead, vinegar, liqueurs and even kombucha (fermented tea). Kegs and keg parts are always in stock.

Back Alley Brew Shop

22 W. Main St. #10, Patchogue, 631-569-5075,

Originally part of the adjacent Hoptron Brewtique brew pub, Patrick McHale's home-brew supply shop offers equipment and ingredients, as well as classes and monthly bottle swaps.

Glen Cove Home Brew

58b School St., Glen Cove, 516-200-9300,

Six months after Robert Janosick brewed his first beer, he opened this home-brew supply shop. Janosick is a firm believer in the power of following directions and believes anyone can learn to make good beer.

Homebrews & Handgrenades

2378 Grand Ave., Baldwin, 516-223-9300,

In addition to offering a wide selection of ingredients and equipment, Peter Tripp's shop functions as a community center for South Nassau home brewers, with classes at every level and popular monthly bottle swaps.

Karp's Homebrew Shop

2 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-261-1235,

Located inside an 80-year-old hardware store, Karp's has been serving home brewers since 1994 with beer- and winemaking ingredients, supplies and books. Owner Alan Talman also teams up with local breweries for master classes.

The Brews Brothers at Kedco

564 Smith St., Farmingdale, 631-454-7800,

Inside Kedco, Long Island's sprawling wine-storage and accessory store, co-owners Ken and Dave Windt have set up an annex called "The Brews Brothers," where customers will find everything they need to start making their own beer or wine.

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