Individual knowledge grows linear. Group knowledge grows exponential.

That is the power of a mastermind group…

… and it’s one reason why I encourage anyone interested in learning more about home brewing to seek out a home brew club and meet other brewers

My advantage is that I get tons of emails every week and I get to talk to many brewers from across the world… mainly the US, but some from Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South America…

I get emails from complete beginners all the way to advanced brewers (including some who have been brewing almost as long as I’ve been alive!)

… and if there is one thing I can tell you is that I learn just as much from those who are just getting started as I learn from those who have probably forgotten more than I know about brewing…

Here’s the main thing you are looking for from a group of brewers…

A common purpose or goal in mind… brewing better beer!

Ever heard that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with?

Or as Napoleon Hill once said “Men take on the nature and the habits and the POWER OF THOUGHT of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony.”

Basically what he’s trying to say is, if you want to brew better beer, start spending time with people who brew better beer than you do…

… but there’s more to home brew clubs than this…

Here are my top 3 reasons why I joined my home brew club ASH (Arizona Society of Homebrewers)

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The best samples and recipes I’ve come across don’t come from brewing books or recipe books… they’ve been from meetings at our club’s monthly events…

… and if there is one surefire way to spark your creativity and get ideas for new recipes and beers styles, this is it…

This is a good way to taste a variety of ingredients or learn about someone’s experiment… I find brewers here are always looking for new ways to brew a better interpretation of a style… or are trying to come up with a new style…

You’ll get to taste samples of filtered vs non-filtered beer side by side…

You’ll get to try the attempt of a new beer style… which may or may not be good…

You learn as much from mistakes of others as you do from their success…

After all, brown ales were a home brew creation…

It’s not just about drinking beer, but expanding your knowledge of beer and brewing…

Bulk Purchases & Other Deals

I personally don’t do as much bulk purchasing as I should… but I know many brewers who buy hops by the pound or grains by the sack (50+ pounds!) and split it…

I’ve heard of home brew clubs who’ve bought kegs so cheap, brewers have been able to buy 8 kegs for the price of one!

… and well ASH is a bigger home brew club so they’ve negotiated deals with our favorite local microbreweries and beer bars as well as our local home brew supply stores…

That alone is worth it…

Road Trips & Competitions

If there are beer festivals outside of Phoenix, AZ there is usually a group getting together and planning a roadtrip to get to it…

Whenever NHC comes around, we get a group of home brewers get together to ship their entries…

… and we also have our own little competitions… and here’s the thing about competitions:

“Competition is a byproduct of productive work, not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

I like dealing with brewers who don’t make themselves smarter by pushing others down, but by lifting others up…

It’s about camaraderie…

One thing about going to home brew club meetings is that sometimes it may seem a bit ‘clickish’… that can sometimes be true, but most home brewers I know are extremely friendly and welcoming if you simply approach…

Understand that sometimes these home brewers have been members of the club for years and obviously gravitate towards those they already know…

New brewers may come and go, but the core group stays… and that’s why it may seem a bit ‘clickish’, but that is usually not the case…

I can promise you one thing… unless you are rude or a complete weirdo, there is no reason why you can’t be part of the core group if you simply approach and make yourself known…

Many times brewers want to be taught how to brew, and many brewers will be more than happy to teach, except they approach this the wrong way…

Before asking someone to come over and ‘help’ you brew, you should offer to help them brew and learn by watching first… then it will be only a matter of time before they return the favor…

You must be willing to give before you get…

So that’s it for now… this weekend we’ll be beta-testing our members forum to create a community of like-minded individuals inside Brew Beer And Drink It… stay tuned because we are building a powerful mastermind…

Log In to check out the new Forum and Introduce yourself… (it’s still in Beta Test and hopefully we’ll have it fully launched by next week… give us your input!)

PS Find a home brew club near you here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org./pages/directories/find-a-club


    2 replies to "Top 3 Reason To Join A Home Brew Club"

    • michael

      Wonderfully stated! I just posted a link from my club’s website to this.

      • Jorge

        Awesome! Thanks for sharing… Cheers!

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