The brewing community is chock full of interesting people, in more ways than one.
For example, I know brewers who ‘used to be’ environmental engineers, lawyers, teachers, programmers, aviarians, and all other paths pursued. Heck, some even went to school for brewing (!). And by the way, many professional brewers started by homebrewing.
It’s clear that beer is universally appealing and fascinating, perhaps even a cathartic as a profession. It bites people and there’s no going back. And really – who knows too many retired brewers?! It’s almost an oxymoron.
One of the most interesting lines of questioning for consumers to ask brew community members – especially brewers for some reason – is “what did you used to do?”
Buy them a beer and get comfortable. They have terrific stories to share.