I’d consider myself a novice, but heartily enthusiastic home brewer and enjoy it quite a bit, but feel relatively cut-off from the wider brewing community (apart from forums). I’d love to share brews, get helpful advice and feedback, and basically be a part of a laid back community of home brewers. I’ve looked into what my options are here in the Twin Cities (particularly closer to the north-end of the metro) and it seems my only options are the Minnesota Home Brewers club and the Saint Paul Home Brewers club. The MN Brew club’s website gives the appearance of either inactive or just cut-off and not all that accessible to new folk, and I’m not sure that I’m quite ready for something along the lines of SPHB just yet.
Being a dad with two little kids, a full week schedule and a weekend warrior with the brewing, what might be a better fit? I’m not a do-it-right-or-die-trying beer nerd where I’d have a nerd rage if my efficiency didn’t hit 80% and I don’t nail my brew just right; but I am up for a little adventure and want to learn more along the way without getting torn to shreds. Sure I want to learn more as I go, but I’d love to have my ego in one piece when I leave.
Which one would be a good fit, or are there other home brewers in the northish Metro (Arden Hills, New Brighton, Fridley area) interested in starting something closer to home?
I’m just exploring my options at this point and wanted to see what the NB community recommends.