Originally Posted by rancocas
.....I find barley legal helpful but meetings are so noisy I have a hard time sharing info.
Yes this is an issue, acoustics in the room is terrible. One thing that a group of us did recently was to organize a bottle share meet to chat and swap brews. I was out of town at the time, but I got a bunch of stuff to try, and give feedback on.
I brew in my cramped, low clearance basement so my brewdays are pretty much limited to me. Other members regularly announce brewdays with open invitations to other members to stop by to hang out, or brew. Don't let the monthly meetings dissuade you from joining. Lots of other stuff goes on.