Last Thursday I was standing outside my house at the corner talking with my brother-in-law (who lives next door). We were watching the sun set and chatting about the kids running around. We are new to the neighborhood so the neighbor that lives across the street comes out to say hello. She introduced herself and her baby girl mounted on her hip. Nice start. After the conversation progressed a little bit she startled me with the following exchange:
Neighbor: “Were you doing something in your garage last night?”
Me: “Um…Yes but it depends on whose asking?”
Neighbor: “Were you brewing beer?”
Me: “Yes. Yes I was brewing beer.”
Neighbor: “I thought so. My husband and I are big craft beer fans! We just built his mash tun last fall and he brews beer too!”
I was psyched and blown away. Now I haven’t had a chance to talk with said ‘husband’ yet. He was at work/school; apparently finishing off a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. However, I have exchanged several friendly nods while were were both snowplowing our driveways over the winter. I told her that any time you see the garage door open and the kettle steaming away, come on over and see what’s brewing. Maybe soon, I’ll finally get to my kegerator finished and I’ll be able to serve up some brown ale if they stop by.
The moral or the story is: Always keep an eye out for homebrewers. Our ranks are growing!