My friend and neighbor, Jeff, has organized a great activity as he transitioned from the world of work to retirement. He has become a garage brewmaster and hosts backyard monthly ‘tap release events’. Brewing beer and getting people together fit perfectly with his background as a chemical engineer & MegaCorp operations executive.
About a dozen guys got together a couple weeks ago for his latest two brews – a Hopfest IPA and Oatmeal Stout. The group is a mix of friends and neighbors and the discussion spans travel, sports, and music. Everyone tries to keep the conversation light and friendly. Even the beer talk is kept simple, “After all, beer isn’t wine. There’s no need to make it complex,” someone recently observed.
Jeff started his “hobby obsession” a few years ago and was able to keep the events going through most of the pandemic by keeping us outside. What once was just a single keg on the patio has blossomed into a dual-tap “kegerator” as he has invested capital into his increasingly sophisticated brewing operations.
Other guys – some retired and some not – have gotten into the act themselves, building on what Jeff has going. One guy is a skilled BBQ expert and has brought 10-hour smoked brisket to Jeff’s event. Another couple guys put on a small-scale “Blues & Brews” concert in his garage during a recent tap release.
I’ve found that people who are still working always wonder what they will do with their time in retirement. Jeff is a perfect example of what you can do with a little imagination – turn a once-in-while hobby into an enjoyable, regular event for others. Brewing new varieties is a great pastime for him that is made even better when it is shared with others.
In what ways have you been able to share your hobbies with others?
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