"Guinness is good for you"
There are a whole slew of beneficial health things that various studies seem to correlate with moderate alcohol consumption. The problem is that most of the studies are observational studies instead of experimental studies meaning that people are periodically questioned about a number of things such as alcohol consumption, whereas an experimental study would pick a number of people at random, have them drink a certain amount of alcohol per day, etc. (you can see why this would be much more difficult to do). When they have their study data, then they go through and try to statistically remove the effects of other factors such as socioeconomic status, etc. Moderate alcohol (not just homebrew) consumption can be very beneficial to the cardiovascular system. After accounting for many factors some things don't stand out as well, such as a lower risk of developing Parkinson's Disease, however, there seems to be a good correlation between moderate alcohol drinkers and an overall healthier lifestyle (lower stress, more sociable, live longer,...), and a pretty strong correlation with better cardiovascular health (lower cholesterol, fewer incidents of heart disease).
Moderate is the key here. There are many factors where this might not apply, such as someone predisposed to alcohol issues might turn their moderate consumption into heavy consumption and bring on all the negative health issues associated with that, or if someone is on medications that do not interact well with alcohol, then you're probably bringing on more issues than you might be solving.
Nutritionally, as you point out, beer in particular is not too shabby with it historically been referred to as liquid bread.