Welcome to the hobby, I hope it works as well for you as it has for me.
First of all homebrewers are some of the friendliest people I've ever been associated with. We relish sharing our successes and failures with each other, commiserate when someone screws up, applaud when they succeed. The people on this site are among the finest-I waste time on several homebrewing forums and there is virtually no trashing of people here like I experience on some other popular sites.
Homebrewers are people who have learned the value of doing things for themselves-as a group we tend to also grow and /or cook our own food including cheese, sausage/smoked foods, make soap, in general things that 99% of the population think have to be purchased. We are adventurous, we enjoy traveling to enjoy beer in it's native cultural setting or just going somewhere we know we'll enjoy having a beer. My wife and I host an Oktoberfest every year, homebrewing friends an true beer lovers come from across the country every year to spend a weekend at our house drinking, eating and catching up with old friends.
I've made friends across the country as a result of homebrewing and beer forums. Strange brewing connections have enabled me to hire about 15 new employees this year, although none of them are homebrewers. I've met pro brewers who enjoy drinking and talking with homebrewers, it gives us a common language and culture to share. A brewer in Maine that I met briefly 2 summers ago remembered me as "the homebrewer from New Mexico"when we met again this past summer, that's a good feeling. I've met several people in person that I first met in homebrewing forums like this, our love of beer brings us all together.
All in all I'd say that we share a unique love of not only beer, but a love of the brewing process, history of beer, and the cultures that made beer the most popular drink on the planet.