Given that I tend to be somewhat "backwoods" and usually do not like to hang out with crowds of people... especially people that I do not know, I find it refreshing that I get along with beer people so well.
With nothing in common but the beer in front of us, we can talk for hours! We won't need to talk about beer for very long before the conversation turns to some found topic in which we both share a passion.
In my experience, beer people share a lot of common interests! But more than that, beer people share a common sense of decency and tend to be really good people.
Brewers, are of course, beer people! They too tend to be an above average group of folks. Proof of that was written in my book when I began looking for a beer sponsor for a charity event. I will say that the breweries I've dealt with have been fantastic so far!
I expected to be greeted with a professional dismissal and end up having a hard time getting my foot in the door to talk to anyone. I hate asking people to sponsor events because as a business owner, I can tell you that every time you turn around someone has their hand out for money! But two of the breweries I've been dealing with have been 100% excellent! Of course I feel like our charity is an above average event, but they didn't know that when I made the initial contact.
I don't think I need to tell you who I'm working with until they are 100% committed, but they are both producing very high quality Craft Beer and I'm looking forward to working with both of them.
Tonight, I'll be enjoying a Milk Stout in my "Right Hand" and I'll let everyone know that while I'm not a big sports fan, I do very much enjoy sports with wicker cesta "basket" and balls covered in goatskin!