The following is an excerpt by American Homebrewers Association Director Ryan Farrell. This was originally published in the January/February 2021 Zymurgy magazine.
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I’d like to introduce myself—I’m Ryan Farrell, the new director of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)! I couldn’t be more honored to serve in this role with the amazing AHA staff, the AHA Governing Committee, and you, the incredibly passionate and dedicated members who make our association what it is. That’s a long-winded way of saying hello and thank you for making this great organization possible.
Before becoming the AHA director, I had already been with the Brewers Association (BA) for 13 years, most of which time was spent as the BA’s and AHA’s human resources person. Early on in my Brewers Association journey, I got certified as a BJCP judge and took the Certified Cicerone exam (and failed). I’m a happily married father of two young kids (Lincoln, age three, and Cecilia, age one) and live in Longmont, Colo.
One of the qualities I admire most in homebrewers is your do-it-yourself (DIY) spirit. I love that dedication to pour yourself into something and make it your own while learning and exploring along the way. A writer named Leo Babauta said that parenting is the ultimate DIY project, and I think he’s right. For my wife and me, the whole point is to do the thing ourselves, to live the experience with all its imperfections. Are our kids perfect? Of course not. But they’re ours and we made them; that’s better than perfect. And like homebrewers with their beers, I’m almost pathologically inclined to want to tell you about my kids.
So, as a parent and a relapsed brew-in-a-bucket homebrewer with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast in his closet, I say it is great to be on this journey with you, and I can’t wait to meet and talk with more of you along the way. You can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.