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Every year, thousands of new folks are introduced to the wonderful world of homebrewing through the magic of a shiny new Mr.Beer Kit. If you count yourself among those lucky suckers, you've come to the right place. You've just arrived at Mr.Beer's Community site -- a place where you can belly up to the bar (in a virtual sense), chat with like-minded individuals and get the straight-dope on this new hobby/obsession.
So what's this "Community" all about? In the Discussion Forum you'll find a whole mess of guys and gals who have been there before...
I am a proud father, son, and law enforcement officer. My name is Chris. I live just outside of Washington, DC. I am 39 years old. I am a happy homebrewer. In addition, I also enjoy the all thing involving the University of Michigan, horse racing, football, and cooking.
I have been homebrewing since June 2011. I began with a Mr. Beer kit bought through Beezid - a penny bidding site. Figured it was worth trying my hand at. Since then, I have gone on to build my own little operation, having about 80 recipes under my belt. I think homebrewing is a great release and an awesome opportunity to really explore the hobby of making beer. For everyone who only drinks the same ole' same ole' store bought beers...this is a chance to really explore the depth of flavor and substance in beers. It's amazing how expansive this hobby is...nearly every community has an association, and I am a proud member of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild. I enjoy sharing my craft with others through the Mr. Beer Forums and have met many great friends through that. Whether it be collaborations (where we exchange and brew recipes) or meeting up and going out to a pub for a dinner...it's great friendship building with people who enjoy the same hobby.
Interestingly enough, my favorite commercial beer is made in Lithuania - Svyturys Ekstra Draught - Dortmunder Lager. A really fantastic golden brew with a wonderful aroma and a refreshingly clean, crisp taste.
In terms of sharing a beer, the person I would most like to share a beer with would be a good friend of mine - Adriana Deville. She is one of the few people who I can listen to all day and never lose paying attention.
First, let me say thank you for considering me for Brewer of the Month; I consider this quite an honor. I began brewing a few years back thinking, as a Lutheran (LCMS) Pastor, perhaps I can brew beer in the style of the Reformer, Martin Luther’s wife, who, I understand, was the one who brewed the beer that brought people to Wittenburg (fact not checked!). Interestingly enough, when I was young I never understood real beer flavor, simply purchasing and consuming cheap, light beer. As I began brewing my own beer and understanding the richness of the deep dark flavors, I have a hard time accepting a friend’s offer to drink something that I can see through.
I have been brewing for twelve or more years, as I have lost track. When I first started, I worked to bring together different hopped and unhopped malts for my own distinct brew. Now that Mr. Beer has changed the old styles, I am returning to my experimental days of trying various hopped and unhopped malts for my own brew.
Usually at the first of the year I brew one or two special brews that I keep on the shelf until Christmas. Every year at Christmas my wife and I have an open house for our congregation members where I offer samples of my home brew beer.
My favorite beer has been my own variation of the Defibrillator Dopplebock.
As for sharing my brews, there are a couple other pastors in my circuit (area of local Lutheran LCMS) of pastors who were encouraged by my brewing and now also home brew, so we have begun a once-a-year sharing of the brews and sharing at other times as well. Along with sharing at my open house and with other brother pastors, I like to share with family, friends and anyone else who enjoys a good, full bodied beer (no wimpy lite stuff for me).
Tell us a little bit about you:
I am an archaeologist by trade and that’s the reason for the Time Traveler moniker. I have conducted or participated in excavations of sites in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois in the United States as well as in the countries of Peru and Jordan. I worked at Meadowcroft Rock Shelter, located near the town of Avella in Western Pennsylvania, when I was in graduate school. Meadowcroft is one of the oldest dated sites in the United States with cultural materials dating back to 16,000 years ago. Meadowcroft Rockshelter is a National Historic Landmark and is a site that the public can visit.