Originally Posted by mtbmb
I've been going to the Brew and Grow in Bollingbrook. They have some good kits and will help you to suit your needs. Very friendly and knowledgeale people there.
I prefer to buy local whenever possible but midwest is a good site.
For getting started, I would also definitely suggest this store (or if you are not nearby, another local store). Prices are more or less similar once you factor in shipping. They have a few good starter kits (more or less the same as any you will find online) and a large selection of kits for getting started.
For getting started out, its worth the extra $ to get the knowledge & help of someone who really knows what they're doing. I still often go back & ask for suggestions or have them sample what Ive made & give suggestions... easy/free way to learn a lot more.