After many years of being a craft brew fiend and wanting to get into homebrewing, but not having the space in apartments, my wife (my co-conspirator and fellow craft brew fiend) bought me my first homebrew kit in 2009, less than two years after moving into our first “grown-up” house together.
Six years later, we built a larger house to accommodate not only our two children, but also a dedicated bar area with space for the kegerator and bottle fridge, a dedicated fermentation closet and cellar, and a patio gas stub for my Blichmann Floor Burner.
When my son was born, I gave away bottles of homebrewed saison as baby shower favors. I brewed a ginger mead while my wife was pregnant and bottled it shortly after his birth. The first beer I brewed after he was born was a barleywine, which I’m still cellaring. I will give him the last bottle as a gift for his twenty-first birthday to do with it as he wishes.
When my daughter was born, I served a sweet potato ESB on draft at her baby shower. I brewed a lavender mead while my wife was pregnant, and bottled it shortly after her birth. The first beer I brewed after she was born was a wheatwine, which I’m still cellaring. I will give her the last bottle as a gift for her twenty-first birthday to do with it as she wishes.
If you think you’ve spotted a trend, you’re right.
So, why “myBrewHome”?
Because I’ve been brewing nearly as long as I’ve had a home. Because brewing is built into my house. Because brewing is how I celebrate my family.
Brewing is my home.