I would like to thank the Mr Beer Community for this honor. My name is Tom Young. I received a Mr. Beer kit from my son this past Christmas, and I really never looked back. I loved the idea of home brewing, and realized quickly that I was into something that was not only fun and interesting, but also very rewarding.
My wife Carol and I have been married 28 years. We have two sons, aged 25 and 23. I've been with MTA New York City Transit for twelve years as a Project Manager, and I've also worked at Grumman, Citicorp, and Entenmann's Bakery. I belong to Loyal Order of Moose, and enjoy riding my motorcycles, especially on long trips when I can get the time off. My wife and I like our pop-up camper as well.
I started with the West Coast Pale Ale that came with the first kit. I have to tell you that I will always remember the feeling of drinking the first chilled down brew, thinking it was good beer, and realizing the best was yet to come. I got into deluxe and premium refills, including ADIPA (which I’ve made both “as is” and some tweaking), and have kept up so far with the Seasonals. Sticky Wicket, which I added some DME and some Galena hops, absolutely amazed my friends. It is on my permanent brew list.
Before long, I had four Mr.Beer fermenters in my house. The Mr. Beer methods and equipment suit me to a tee. I’ve done many DME hop boil brews, and got some good laughs when I burned the first DME. I’ve gone on to brew many good batches, and truly have never stopped appreciating how awesome home brewing is. I’ve done some all grain batches, but have never veered from the Mr. Beer fermenters. Honestly, I feel I get excellent ales this way. I have learned a lot on the Mr.Beer Community forum, and thank everyone who has encouraged and enlightened me.
How long have you been brewing?
Since January, 2010.
What is your favorite beer?
I like all kinds of beers, light ales … stouts … reds … but I tend to favor the hoppier ones, and I really raved about American Devil IPA the first time I brewed it. Since then, I did a few ADIPA’s with some extra UME and hops… so I’m going to say ADIPA, but the Seasonal Trippel is very memorable as well.
Who would you most like to share a beer with?
Any veteran who served our country.