Don't be shy, go to a local brewpub and offer your services as a volunteer for a day. I helped Mike Sella @ pizzaria uno for a Saturday brewing their Porter of 300 gallons (~10bbls). In return i got free lunch & a growler as well as the experience of a large brew system. It was fun & i'm sure you'd have no problem getting in the door. Dave Hoffman (Climax) will probably take you on full time if you're willing to volunteer!
set I: Pale (3) -> Mild (4-5) -> amber / Victory (20-25) -> special roast (40-50) -> brown (70)
set II: pilsner (2) -> Vienna (3-4) -> Munich (8-10) -> dark Munich (20) -> aromatic / melanoiden (25-30)
encore: smoked (5)