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Family Brew Days: Intro - Moore From Life

When I moved back to Colorado 7 years ago after an almost 2 decade hiatus, I fell in love with craft beer. I have my husband, the craft beer lover and Colorado-Native, to thank for that. Together we set out to try all the craft breweries in our vicinity; and we also plan to visit breweries on all of our Colorado adventures.  Often, we find ourselves taking day trips to Boulder or Fort Collins and enjoying a beer or two in a tap room. (A list of our favorite Colorado breweries to come)

what a beautiful rainbow of beer image from: www.coconutsfishcafe.com

Fortunately for a family with a toddler, most tap rooms are kid friendly and even have board games or outdoor patios like most European Biergartens. In the early days of our brewery explorations, it was always reassuring to see another family with kids there too. I now make a point to say hello to a family with a small sleeping baby to reassure them there is no stigma to baby-wearing your little one while you enjoy one of your first postpartum beers! In fact, my daughter was 14 days old when she went to her first Brewery, Odell Brewery (she has since been to about 20!)

But exploring breweries around Colorado can get expensive – gas, the beer, the food/snacks to absorb your yeasty-beverages. And our little one is not always in the mood to tag along with mom and dad while we toss a few back. And then there is always the negotiation of who is going to be the DD, and who has to forgo that second Nitro Milk Stout.

So when my husband expressed his desire to brew his own beer almost two years ago, I had mixed feelings. He is a good cook, and very detail oriented so I was sure he could handle the complicated brewing process…but I was skeptical about the way it might taste. I was afraid that a bad batch would send me back to my college days when I avoided beer at all costs {all that was available were the thin, watery Buds and Coors}

This is my beer motto. It hails from Stone Brewery in San Diego – their IPA is one of my all time favorites

To our great surprise, we found out that several families we are friends with brew beer! Ryan approached them and asked to be an understudy. Since he lacked the equipment and knowledge, it was so helpful to work alongside amateur brewers who were willing to teach him, so he could decide if this is a hobby we should invest in as a family.

Beer Making as a Family Hobby?

You Bet!

We have partnered with one family in particular, to make brewing day a fun-filled family event. The dads plan their recipes in advance and gather all the ingredients and equipment to brew two different beers at a time. The moms plan the food and keep the brewing area safe. And the kids come and go between their play to assist with various steps in the brewing process.

thank you Congress! image from: www.homebrewbasics.com

To date we have done three Family Brew Days.  All the brewing is done outside on the back porch of  our friend’s house, overlooking a large yard with lush trees and flowers and plenty of space for the kids to play.

The results? Fabulous! My husband’s home brew has turned out better than some of the breweries we’ve visited, so I am strongly encouraging him to keep up the good work. And it has been wonderful to spend time with our friends and get to know their family better. I have a feeling that this will become a quarterly tradition for years to come ;)

This would look great in my kitchen image from: etsy.com

So, now that you have the history of our Family Brew Days, I will put up several more posts that detail each brew day including photos.

Hopefully you will be inspired to:

start home-brewing yourself;

 sample a home-brew the next time one is offered;

try a new craft beer;

reach out to a family you know and start a new tradition with them!



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