I am a divorced 56 year old father of 2 adult girls. I have 7 grandkids between them.
I am a mechanical electrician for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. I do electrical work on their locomotives.
I used to compete in powerlifting in the 148 lb division. Hence the nickname Gymrat. At my peak I did a 300 pound benchpress, 400 pound squat, and 445 pound deadlift. I was 49 at the time I accomplished those lifts. I have since retired from competitive lifting and just do enough to keep myself in shape. Now when I am not brewing I am spending my time dabbling in photography, watching movies, all while spoiling my dog Ralph.
I was introduced to craft beers in 2004 when a friend gave me a Fat Tire. Since then I have toured 3 craft breweries, done the Old Chicago World Beer tour, and always enjoy trying something new. I never have more than 2 when out and about, then come home and enjoy a few of mine over a good movie.
I have wanted to try home brewing since it became legal in 1978. A friend of mine took it up then and he made the best beer I had ever tasted. This was back in the days of Pabst Blue Ribbon (my beer of choice), Hamms, Bud, Miller, Shlitz, etc. Light beers had not been invented yet. So basically the reason it tasted so good, as I look back now, is it actually had flavor. A couple of years ago while Christmas shopping for my girls at Bed Bath and Beyond I saw a Mr.Beer kit. $25 was a small investment to try brewing out and see if I liked it. The rest is history.
How long have you been brewing?
I have been brewing a little over 2 years.
What is your favorite beer?
My favorite beer is red ale. My favorite red ale (other than mine) is the Odell's Red Ale.
Who would you most like to share a beer with?
I would like to share a beer with any of the Borg collective. They are a good group of people.