If you've ever considered being in a home brew club but thought, to paraphrase Groucho Marx, that you didn't want to belong to any club that would accept people like yourself, may I humbly suggest that you reconsider.
Years ago, when I was deciding whether or not to join my local home brew club, I hesitated. Did I really want to be in a club? I'm a bit of a contrarian so I thought, do I really want to be hanging around with a bunch of fellow beer geeks? I mean, what's the point? Also, I worried that I hadn't the time. I wondered, too, whether I'd share interests with these people, other than beer and brewing, that is. Would they only talk about – geek-out – beer or might we have other things we can discuss?
I shouldn't have been concerned. The home brew community is rich and rewarding. This fact was reconfirmed to me following three recent encounters with the club. Thus, I feel obligated to write about the wonderful community that a home brew club can provide.
First, and most painfully, a couple who are club members recently suffered an unimaginably awful personal tragedy. In response, the club flew into motion and immediately set up a website to collect funds to help the grieving couple with any costs they were going to incur and, perhaps more importantly, to demonstrate that they were not alone in dealing with the agony of their loss....