In the beginning was wort

I’m coming to the beer world a little late in the game compared to some.  I wasn’t even a beer drinker until a few years ago, I have some close friends and my girlfriend to thank for that.  My first favorites were Belgian Ales, I got into more mainstream beer much later and I think that has influenced the types of beers I brew.  In fact when I first turned up at the homebrew store about 2 years ago everyone else starting out seemed to want to brew an IPA or pale ale, I wanted to brew a Belgian Wit.  That first attempt wasn’t that impressive but I eventually got it right.

I was brewing for about a year before I had a chance to let people I didn’t know that well try my beers.  I took a few bottles to a party when I was on vacation, I think they were a Chocolate Stout and a Wit.  They were better received than I expected, people seemed more enthusiastic than they would have been if they were just being polite.  I even got some good feedback from someone who was trained as a beer judge for competitions.  It seemed like I was on to something and with the encouragement of some close friends I started to consider making this hobby into a business.  Once I returned from that trip it felt great to have a renewed sense of purpose I hadn’t felt in a long time.

A bit of background on myself, shortly after graduating college in ’99 I started an internet company with a close friend.  The company is still around, we were able to ride out all of the crashes in the internet world and the general economy and I really enjoyed the work for a long time.  After about 8 years I because more restless and needed some  fresh challenges.  The computer world didn’t seem to be offering them anymore and I spent a bit of time drifting, trying to figure out what the next thing would be.  Then brewing enters my life and myself and others seemed to think I was good at it.

Fast forward to January of ’10, I realized I need to work on two important things before I can even begin to think of running a brewery.  I needed to refine my brewing techniques and I needed my own original recipes……

So you want to be a brewer…

I’ve heard variations on that phrase from people in the past year, usually with a slightly raised eyebrow or even a “who the hell does this guy think he is?” look.  I can understand their skepticism, here I am coming from outside the industry, a homebrewer with big plans.  But I have gotten some great feedback on my beers and am willing to do what it takes to make this my new career.  This blog is here to follow that change…