I've always figured using an alias on a forum was like using the aliases we use in other parts of life. My alias servers the same function as "Dad", "Honey" or jacka$$ depending on the situation.
My alias helps define me and my outlook to people who don't know me and will most likely, never meet me. Hopefully "Slowbrew" doesn't make you think I'm a couple lines shy of a complete program but rather that I take my time and patiently produce really good beer. It also ties into the name I hung on hobby brewery, The Slowly Losing IT Brewery
. Named during a particularly bad time in my career as a way to keep me focused on finding what comes after "IT".
It also keeps my (sometimes) uninformed or not completely thought through rants out of my next job interview.