The list of typical questions went like this:
"You made this?"
"How did you make this?"
"How long did it take to make this?"
"How did you carbonate it?"
"How much did you make?"
"What does your wife think about all of this?"
Save some for Dave!
Folks really seemed to like the beer, which was a relief. I brought in the IPA, and my experience tells me that most casual beer drinkers are not crazy about the extra hops, this batch was balanced enough for everyone to enjoy. I only brought in a third of the batch (I still haven't let Dave try any, need to save some for him) and it didn't last long. My boss even tried some...
Impressing the boss
He asked, "Is that home made grog?" When I offered him some he was eager to give it a try and ran back to his office for a glass. I had one more bottle left, he had asked just in time. When I opened the bottle and heard the less than impressive pop, I was concerned. It's ironic that the seal on this particular bottle was not as successful as the others. While the beer was fine, it wasn't as carbonated as the others. That being said, he still enjoyed it. There was something rewarding about having the boss enjoy one of my beers after a long day of work.
Generating a buzz
That little tasting generated some interest in home brewing with a number of folks at work. A few folks that couldn't make the gathering asked me to bring more in, others wanted to learn how to home brew. One guy had home brewed for years, and the stopped when life got complicated, was excited when he saw my empties at the party. "Who's the home brewer," he asked. By the end of our conversation, I think I convinced him to get back into home brewing.
Home brewing is a lot of fun, but even more so when you can share the experience and the end results with friends and family. Consider bringing a bit of your home brew to the next party you go to. It makes for an interesting ice breaker, and you just might find some future brew buddies.