Everyone's responses have made me realize my pantheon of brewing heroes is bigger than just my Dad...
Local microbrewer, Dave - he offers courses and advice to homebrewers. I know what scatole is because of his off-flavours course. His Humulus Ludicrous IPA made me tear up with pure joy, and convinced me to grow hops. I have to give Dave props.
Keep the stories coming!
-"Son, you can't sing or dance, I don't like your writing, and you can't draw a picture to save your life. But you make a fine beer!" An 80 year old friend