My name is Matt and I'm 31 years old, married, and have one child. I'm an attorney working on behalf of a state agency.
I've been brewing since November 2005. I brewed three or four extract batches w/grain and then moved to partial mashing. Starting at about batch ten, I went all-grain. I just brewed batch 71 last weekend. I became interested in craft beer when I turned 21 -- back in 2000 -- and was working as a server at Boscos Brew Pub in Nashville, TN. I remember one of the Nashville homebrew clubs meeting there regularly and thinking to myself, "these guys are nuts...you must have to invest in thousands of dollars worth of equipment to make decent beer at home!" Obviously, I was wrong!
Prior to going to law school, I was a working guitar player in Nashville. I did this for about eight years, recording and touring pretty regularly, but not with anyone particularly notable. After so many years of making peanuts and having to work odd jobs to support my music habit, I decided to go back to school. Other than having to deal with such an awful job market right now, going back to school was the best thing I ever did, aside from marrying my wonderful wife.
I still play guitar quite a bit. In fact, I just recorded some tracks for my brothers' (two of 'em) forthcoming album a few weeks ago.