What Could One Little Competition Do?

Hello, my name is Jason and I am a Home Brewer with aspirations of grandeur. Whew, do I feel better getting that off my chest. So to give a little history, i have been home-brewing for a number of years. All told I have brewing for about 7 years which includes, beer kits, years off and more than one failed batch. For the last 5 or so months I have taken brewing much more seriously. I have tried to brew once a week on my 1/31st bbl brewery (yes I am brewing 1 gallon batches) somewhat of a necessity when you have an amazing and understanding wife and are living in a 500 sq. foot apartment in Brooklyn. But with the more diminutive batches comes flexibility. No batch of beer lasts that long so i was able to work on recipes, getting them to just where I want them. I was getting happy with my brewing abilities and my friends seemed to like them, though I am pretty sure they were being nice with one or two batches.

Then comes along the Brooklyn Wort home-brew competition. I decided to enter my brown ale J.J. Bollerack's Big Brown Ale (more on the name of the brewery and the beers in another post). A hoppy full bodied brown ale, it is the one that I have brewed the most and decided now was the time to see what people thought of it when they weren't a friend or family. The day was long, but fun, and the feedback was great. People seem to really like what I had brewed (it wasn't all in my imagination!) But when it was announced that I had won 1st place of the judges award, I was beside my self. My grin stretched from ear to ear and lasted long into the next day. And thoughts of owning a brewery started to boil over. Yes i had had percolations before, but what home-brewer doesn't? But winning the Judges prize and the people's reaction to my beer just set the burners on high. If all these people liked my beer that much why couldn't I brew beer, which i love doing, as my life? So that is the origin of this here site. It is a record of my path to living the dream, owning my own brewery. There will be leaps forward as well as stumbles backward and I will try and get all the details down here for everyone to see. From the name and design to the licenses and recipes, I will be talking about it. Like my beers this site will change over time. What could one little competition do? Change my life...