Saturday, August 7, 2010

Workin' for a livin'

Hello my friend...

So not a whole lot to report on today.  Strange how on a Saturday, whilst everyone was out enjoying their usual day off, I got to venture off to work.  Of course I love my new job...so it wasn't like it was torture or anything...


So anyway, I spent the better half of my day pouring beer for folks near dying of thirst as they slaved over hot kettles brewing their own beer.  It really is a rather interesting process, by the way, brewing beer.  There's a lot more to it that even I didn't realize until I started working here.  For example...there are mathematical formulas that I need to use when it comes from converting one type of hop for another.  MATH!!  I don't remember anyone ever saying anything to me about math and beer going together (except maybe one pitcher plus 5 pitchers equals too many pitchers)!  But, there it is, clear as day, when I need to move ingredients around in a beer recipe...math.  YIKES!!  Guess I really should have paid more attention to Mrs. Maycher in high school algebra.

The people are fun.  There are the folks that come in for their first time to brew, and there are the regulars  that come in all the time to sit, have a brew and chill out.  I really enjoy getting to talk to the people when they come in.  I love hearing why each person is coming in to make whatever beer they've chosen.  For example, some are brewing for a special occasion (a wedding or such), some people are coming in because they've brewed before from home and now want to try to venture out into a bigger brew world, others brew all the time and this is just their outlet for doing it.  Some come in with an idea already of what they want their beer to taste like, others come in with a recipe they'd like to tweak, others have no idea whatsoever as to what they want to do.  But I enjoy the whole process of talking them about what they're trying to achieve and then helping them find their way to that perfect pour.  I realize that I still have a LONG way to go when it comes to what there is to know about the whole brewing process...but so far I feel like I'm off to a great start.  And the people I work with are a blast--and as we all know, having great co-workers never hurts any!!

So that was my day in a nutshell.  Wish I had more to say tonight...but I'm off in search for a hot shower.  My feet are sore, my "pouring arm" is a little achy and I strangely smell like a brewery (and not for the reasons one would normally associate me smelling like a brewery for...).

Thanks for joining me today.  We'll see what tomorrow brings...