-cusses like a sailor
-forgot what i was saying
how come the things i do best are never acknowledged at work?
great post OP. i would agree with everything in your list. not only does brewing teach you about nature, history, science, engineering et.al. it builds some serious character. sort of how you can tell when someone is just bs'ing an asnwer as opposed to a person that knows what they are talking about; starting with the earliest history right up to the cutting edge stuff going on. passion is hard to look past.
with all that said, i'm ready to get out of work for the wkend and drink some damn happy hour beers!