As beer lovers start to move out of their twenties, settle down, have kids, they reminisce of the times when they we were able to go out on a Tuesday and throw a few drinks down with friends. Now a full time corporate job has us stuck with dreams of going into business for ourselves, being with our friends, and creating something with our hands. The home brewing culture has exploded in the last decade and communities around it have formed. Most don’t care about opening a brewery; what has drawn them in is the DIY attitude of like-minded individuals Let’s face it, a brew day isn’t about brewing beer – it’s an excuse to have a good time.
I started brewing with extract kits, started getting advice from other home brewers, attending brew days to learn how to better my skills and have made some great friends along the way. Now when I host an event, it’s educational with friends, food, and bottle sharing.
Recently I hosted an all grain brew day where we made hibiscus farmhouse ale. I could go into the actual procedure of brewing – but you have google to figure that out. Instead, let’s focus on the experience.
Remember to clean all equipment before you have friends over, no one wants to come over to help you clean. I had around 10 people in my house this day – for some reason only a few where actually photographed.