How did your friends and family react when you told them you wanted to be a brewer?
Well, it was 1990 and I had recently graduated from college with a degree in journalism. I hit it just right, though, as jobs in journalism seemed to wane and brewing as a career wasn't yet viable. After a few years of suffering from poverty while working in breweries full-time, I eventually made it work. These days most everyone I know wishes that they had made this sort of career move a long time ago.
My friends think it is cool. My family is happy that I am following my passion. They tolerate the pay.