Hey dad, how about a homebrew kit?

homebrewersThere’s much to be said for Arizona Daily Star’s story about homebrewing, pegged to the idea that a homebrew kit makes a good gift for Father’s Day.

It does. But you’ll be happier if you don’t let the headline (taken from a quote in the story) set your expectations too high.

It reads: “Homebrew: ‘You can’t buy beer as good as you can make'”

Wrong. Yes you can, and we’re not even going to bother to start listing the names of beers.

Back to homebrewing. You can learn to make great beer, better than some beers you buy and beer that you’ll like even better because you brewed it. Just be prepared for the consequences the story points out:

With Father’s Day approaching, you may be out shopping and see the beginners’ home beer kit and think, “Now that’s something Dad would love.” A word of warning — within its cute little brown plastic barrel and embossed staves is a lifestyle change, poised and just waiting to strike.

And that’s a good thing.