Originally Posted by GunnyB
I used to have a house in a fairly laid back neighborhood. I would always help out a neighbor so they wouldn't get upset when I ran nitro r/c trucks up and down the street. Now I live at a golf course and about half the neighbors are stuck up. The ones right close to me are great so that's good enough. Who cares if you're the black sheep, live your life brother!!! It's too short and boring otherwise
Your situation sounds similar to mine. I really don't worry about it at all. I love this hobby too much and the people who approve outweigh the few that don't.
I find it's typically wine drinkers who don't like or understand beer. Not to mention, I have 3 kids, so I think that plays a role. I think they think I brew to get hammered and lay around all day, which is sooo far from the truth. Ironically, one of my prime motivations for brewing is that it is a social ice breaker.
If they only knew how seriously I take brewing, I think it would be ok. I don't drink until I've pitched the yeast, have a detailed step by step process and take alot of pride in what I make. It's very similar to my bbq passion
It's passions like these that make life worth living. As my friend TKNice says, "to be happy, you have to have something to look forward to".