I love going to our club's meetings.
I found my beers tended to be received the best at early meetings, but as time has gone on, others are constantly improving from the knowledge and experience of those of us that have been doing it for longer. Some of the new guys last year are making great stuff this year.
I also love getting to try the "weird" stuff people create. Gruits, vegetable beers, etc. I wouldn't want even a gallon of asparagus beer, but I can say I've tried it after a club member made it.
I continue to learn a lot from the guys/gals in the club. It's also a great place to meet people and has become a platform for social activities. (Brew days, brewery tours, tastings). I get invited to other members houses to see their new keg setup or try something just bottled etc.
It even opens up business deals. Our club has doctors, accountants, builders, jewelers, scientists, chefs, etc in it. I've been able to use those services outside of brewing too!
I think everyone should look to join a brew club. Keep and open mind, be friendly with advice and criticism and use it to teach, learn from and enjoy!
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