This article is from the Beer and Other Brewing FAQ, by Kurt Swanson firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
There are specialty shops all over the country that sell ingredients
and equipment for making beer and wine at home. Check your yellow
pages under "Beer" or "Wine" for homebrewing or home winemaking
shops. If you can't find a shop locally, many shops do mail order
(more on mail order later). Basic equipment includes a kettle for
boiling the wort, a fermentation vessel of some kind -- glass
carboys (5 gallon bottled water bottles) and food-grade plastic
buckets are popular -- siphon hose for bottling, bottles, and a bottle
capper and caps. Most shops sell "starter kits", which include
essential equipment (and sometimes some not-so-essential equipment),
ingredients for your first batch, and a book. Prices vary, $60-70
U.S. is common. Otherwise, try contacting local clubs and books,
see questions 6 and 13.