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Title: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on October 06, 2011, 12:18:11 AM
I've heard a bunch of stories about people who are brewing and have the police show up.  It seemed unlikely to happen here nowadays, since a lot of people brew and it has to be a familiar sight.  When I saw the officer drive by I didn't pay much attention, but I knew he'd be back because there's no other easy way out of the neighborhood.  I was kind of surprised when he stopped at the end of my driveway and got out.

The first thing he said was "what kind of beer are you making?"  As it turns out, he's a homebrewer and wanted to stop in and check out my system and talk a bit about beer.  We talked brewing, gadgets, etc for a while, then I gave him a sample to take home and he gave me his email address so I can let him know when various local homebrew clubs meet.  Nice guy. :)
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: denny on October 06, 2011, 12:20:18 AM
What, you bribed a cop??   :o

 :D
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on October 06, 2011, 12:21:38 AM
It's good to have a friend like that. :)
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: maxieboy on October 06, 2011, 12:34:58 AM
It's good to have a friend like that. :)

A bribable cop? You betcha!  ;)
Cops are people too. Well, most of 'em...  :D
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: rabid_dingo on October 06, 2011, 01:03:49 AM
Cool, I keep hoping some of my 'unknown' neighbors would stop by but
they don't.
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: euge on October 06, 2011, 01:34:40 AM
Actually that's kinda creepy if you think about it. He could have called you first. But all is well that ends well.

I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\

Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: bluesman on October 06, 2011, 01:51:06 AM
Seems a little odd that a cop would invite himself to your brew session...but as you said he was a homebrewer as well and was just curious. Perhaps taking it for face value is reasonable. I assume he was on duty?

Anyway...I'm always willing to help anyone out when it comes to our great hobby...even especially an officer of the law.  :)

Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: denny on October 06, 2011, 02:00:39 AM
Anyway...I'm always willing to help anyone out when it comes to our great hobby...even an officer of the law.  :)



Especially an officer of the law!
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: bluesman on October 06, 2011, 02:29:52 AM
Anyway...I'm always willing to help anyone out when it comes to our great hobby...even an officer of the law.  :)



Especially an officer of the law!

Agreed!
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on October 06, 2011, 02:43:39 AM
Actually that's kinda creepy if you think about it. He could have called you first. But all is well that ends well.
How would he have called me?  I didn't know him before today.

I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\
I still haven't figured out what 2+2= in this case.

Seems a little odd that a cop would invite himself to your brew session...but as you said he was a homebrewer as well and was just curious. Perhaps taking it for face value is reasonable. I assume he was on duty?
He was on duty but at the end of his shift, running an official errand in my neighborhood (which is not in his jurisdiction).  He didn't exactly invite himself, he asked if I minded if he came up the driveway, he admired the setup, told me he brewed a batch of old ale yesterday, we talked Randall's, mills, NHC, etc.  He stayed for a while.  There was nothing creepy about it, it was friendly and when I start talking about beer I can keep going for a while. If he had been out of uniform I would have been pouring him samples. :)

Cool, I keep hoping some of my 'unknown' neighbors would stop by but
they don't.
This is the same way I feel about it.  People drive by and stare but rarely stop to talk.  I need more people to drink my homebrew so I have an excuse to brew more. :)
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: euge on October 06, 2011, 03:26:44 AM
Oh you were brewing in the driveway. My bad.
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on October 06, 2011, 03:32:28 AM
Oh you were brewing in the driveway. My bad.
Oh, did I leave out that important detail? ;D  That's my bad!
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: euge on October 06, 2011, 04:19:25 AM
I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\
I still haven't figured out what 2+2= in this case.

I think this might offer an explanation. http://youtu.be/wyx6JDQCslE (http://youtu.be/wyx6JDQCslE)  ;D
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: brewmasternpb on October 06, 2011, 04:41:22 AM
Ha!  I really hope you were wearing the shiny leopard print pants while you were mowing :)
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on October 06, 2011, 05:05:23 AM
I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\
I still haven't figured out what 2+2= in this case.

I think this might offer an explanation. http://youtu.be/wyx6JDQCslE (http://youtu.be/wyx6JDQCslE)  ;D
Wow.  Just wow.

Although maybe he was just waiting to see if you passed out from heat stroke. ;)
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: rabid_dingo on October 06, 2011, 05:22:26 AM
I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\
I still haven't figured out what 2+2= in this case.

I think this might offer an explanation. http://youtu.be/wyx6JDQCslE (http://youtu.be/wyx6JDQCslE)  ;D
Wow.  Just wow.

Although maybe he was just waiting to see if you passed out from heat stroke. ;)

You said stro.....   never mind...8)
Some big names in the video...Funny.
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: punatic on October 06, 2011, 08:14:08 AM
Lucky ting you weren't runnin' da still!
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: beersk on October 06, 2011, 02:23:16 PM
Reno 911, Euge!
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: Slowbrew on October 06, 2011, 03:26:48 PM
My buddies who are cops are the biggest gossips I know.  The suburbs around Des Moines all have there own police forces and officers I've never met before greet me with "Oh, you're so and so's friend who brews his own beer".  They're all just people too.

If I put my "Dad Cap" on I would have tell all you kids "if you aren't doing anything wrong, why are you worried about a cop walking up to talk?"   ;D

We have new folks in the neighborhood now and its sad how little they want to socialize.  Years ago we'd have block parties that were a blast.  Now some the new folks look at you like a blood thirsty killer if you say hello.  Of course I'm the guy who wants a "sittin porch" on the front of my house.  The city doesn't agree.  Maybe I'm just getting old.

Paul
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: morticaixavier on October 06, 2011, 04:57:03 PM
My buddies who are cops are the biggest gossips I know.  The suburbs around Des Moines all have there own police forces and officers I've If I put my "Dad Cap" on I would have tell all you kids "if you aren't doing anything wrong, why are you worried about a cop walking up to talk?"   ;D


I gotta tell a story about this. Here I am, walking along a street in NE portland OR around 9:30 PM with a buddy of mine doing nothing wrong, except that we had long hair and white skin in a largely black neighborhood. Along comes a cruiser and stops across an intersection from us. Pop go the doors and a couple of officers step out, carefully staying behind the doors of the cruisers, hands on guns.

Cop: Hey can you stop for a moment?
Us (Stopping): yes
Cop (approaching with hand still on gun): Where are you headed?
Us: Home
Cop (Now standing near enough to begin patting me down): do you have any weapons or contraban?
Us: No, Why are you harrasing us?
Cop (while frisking my buddy): This isn't harrasment, this is what we call 'friendly conversation', So how's it going?
Other cop (while frisking me): do you have any ID?
Me: No, it's at home
Other cop: any weapons? what's that in your pocket?
Me: no weapons, just this nose flute (taking out plastic nose flute)
Other cop (pointing to the ring in my nose): what about that?
Me: it's a nose ring
My buddy: Are we under arrest for something or can we go?
Cop (standing solidly in our way): you can go any time you want.
My buddy begins to walk away but is physically stopped by cop, frisking recommenses

etc.

Long story shorter, they ended up letting us go after about 30 minutes but it was a HUGE hassle and we weren't doing anything wrong at all.
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: boulderbrewer on October 07, 2011, 01:52:41 AM
I've heard a bunch of stories about people who are brewing and have the police show up.  It seemed unlikely to happen here nowadays, since a lot of people brew and it has to be a familiar sight.  When I saw the officer drive by I didn't pay much attention, but I knew he'd be back because there's no other easy way out of the neighborhood.  I was kind of surprised when he stopped at the end of my driveway and got out.


That is why my dog of choice is a German Shepard. Even the K-9 officer doesn't get out of his car, until he asks it is OK to get out of the car. My dog would only lick you but that isn't the point.

OK now back to OP's post.

Cool to find homebrewers, no matter their profession.
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: realbeerguy on October 07, 2011, 03:32:46 AM
I've had that happen twice.   One old biddy constantly complains.  The Chief of Police used to live around the corner. Everytime I see him he asks "What's in the fermenter?"
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on October 07, 2011, 05:13:25 AM
He's my email buddy now.  He's going to drop off some fresh pressed cider from his family's apple orchard in Eastern Washington in the next few weeks, whenever they harvest. :)
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: eltharyon on October 07, 2011, 11:56:39 AM
He's my email buddy now.  He's going to drop off some fresh pressed cider from his family's apple orchard in Eastern Washington in the next few weeks, whenever they harvest. :)

Nice hook up.
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: punatic on October 07, 2011, 12:11:10 PM
He's my email buddy now.  He's going to drop off some fresh pressed cider from his family's apple orchard in Eastern Washington in the next few weeks, whenever they harvest. :)

No need to run your radar detector anymore...   ;)
Title: Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
Post by: Kit B on October 07, 2011, 08:37:26 PM
Silly story...

I used to be one of the few skinny, white boys, in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, in North Minneapolis (norf).
This is an extremely busy neighborhood, with people coming & going, constantly (day & night).
A buddy & I were sitting on my porch, each having a cigarette one afternoon.
A police cruiser pulled up.
The officer rolled down his window & shouted..."Hey...You guys see a black guy come through here?".
My buddy & I looked at eachother & I hesitantly shouted back..."You DO know where you are, right!?  Of course we saw a black guy come through here."
He just rolled the window back up & drove away.