Before I start, this is a true story...in between "steps" in what we were doing yesterday, I sat down and opened a Williams-Sonoma catalog (my sister ALWAYS has the best catalogs) and saw this....
okay..moving on...I need to add a # 13 to my summer list and then cross it out because yesterday, I learned something new. The art of brewing beer and it is quite the process.
It instantly reminded me of this quote from Soup, by Jon Gordon.
Here are a few things I observed from the process that go right along with the quote above. First, obviously by the first photo above, you need a big pot, a big spoon and long arms to stir the pot (whew!) well, and all of the right equipment:
- Love - Now, I do not love beer, but I love to make things so I was all good with the ten thousand steps it takes to brew beer. The boys on the other hand LOVE beer, so all of the SWEAT put into this craft is worth it and that is what makes every batch special (okay, not the sweat, but you know what I mean...)
- Optimism & Trust - Regardless of the outcome (taste) you put in 110% into the time,energy and $$$ into what you are creating, in this case, beer. (no pun intended)
- Vision - I am going to assume convinced by observing the entire brew process that these boys are seeing the end result. A batch of beer that has been hand brewed, hand bottled, chilled and best of all, something special, which is time spent together (They may not have realized that last one, but I did)
- Communication - Constant communication on time, temperature and ingredients. It takes a team, especially if you are brewing two different batch's at one time..
- Authenticity & Appreciation- To brew beer, you must have appreciation for it because the first four hours were done outside...and it was 91 degrees. Also see #2 & # 3
- Passion - You have got to "love to make things" in this case, beer, to do something like this. (especially standing over a HUGE boiling pot of beer when it is 91 degrees.)
p.s. I wanted to take these home to make something with but I knew how important these are to the ENTIRE process...