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February 28, 2011

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When I was high school, my cousins made their own beer. Their last name was Goodell, so they called it Goodell's Good Ale, with the slogan, "Hey, no one ever said it was great."

These days the quality is more confidently high, it seems. That's what I find remarkable; ostensibly these are amateurs, but they crank out some impressive stuff.

Evan, one homebrewer after another has told me that this is an exciting time to be making beer. The community has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years thanks to the rising popularity of brewing clubs, blogging and social media, and the advent of nanobreweries, to name just a few factors.

My first homebrew did not turn out due to contamination, and it was a huge downer. Starting off with better beer makes beginning homebrewers more likely to continue brewing - which can only be good for their friends and neighbors!

The homebrew community is filled with so many incredibly, insanely passionate people... it's impossible not to come away from a chance meeting with them wanting to brew your own.

To simplify things a bit, my first batch of homebrew was cider (no boil or wort, etc.)

I too was undercut by contamination. Lesson number one learned -- SANITIZE.

We use friendship writing a book, a thick book.

Really? Admirable but useless. Look, everyone knows that Blanton will be the first guy out the door in a trade to lower the payroll. And with Andy Petitte having retired, Brian Cashman will come calling for Fat Joe any day now if not already.

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