I was back east for a while over the holidays and I got to stop in at the decendant of my old home away from home and the place where I learned what good beer was.
The Three Needs is not a brewery anymore, just a decent tap room with great ambiance, but I did find evidence that a) I really did spend as much time as I remember there, b) I really was that young once, and c) we all seemed pretty happy there
middle picture on the right (the less effed up looking fellow) is yours truly. If you look close at the picture on the left you'll see Glenn Walter, one candidate for the creator of the Black IPA and owner of the joint and in the picture on the right is JT, the brewer at the time. I think about that time a lot. I would be waiting at the door come 4:00 PM most days and they would have to unlock to let me out many a night.
I don't think I could keep that pace up today. At least not without some serious training first.
Let's here about your third places. Do/did you have a hangout, a living room away from home? a beer alma mater?