« on: September 09, 2010, 07:01:57 AM »
I'm not sure if there's 100% parallel between the two, but I'd think the standard way of getting an 'in' in restaurants would work for brewing, too: become a stagiere. Basically you work for free, bust your ass doing whatever they'll let you do, and let them understand that you want to learn as much as you can. Once they get to know you, I'd say go ahead and talk up your homebrewing skills. If you don't get a job out of the deal, you'll at least have gained enough hands-on experience that you can open your own brewery.
Re bringing beer to the interview, I'd recommend against it. It's like a first date - keep something in reserve for the next time so they WANT to see you again. In this case, if they seem interested in general, say "I'd like to stop by sometime to get your opinion of my homebrews, if you don't mind." Now you've got a second chance to convince them of your awesomeness, and the guys will appreciate that you value their opinion. If they're not interested, at least you haven't let a 6-pack go skanky.