Article: In Praise of Home Brew Clubs

In Praise of Home Brew Clubs

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?