The following statement was prepared by the candidate, and the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the American Homebrewers Association.
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I’ve been brewing for four years out of my smallish apartment in Brooklyn, New York City, that I share with my wife and daughter. Without a basement, garage or even storage, I’ve worked to master brewing in small places. I feel those restraints have forced me to hone brewing fundamentals in everything I do, and I have come to be passionate about learning every aspect of the craft.
Generally, I am drawn to more traditional and historic beer styles and I am fascinated with the backstories on yeast strains and beer-making methods. That said, it’s incredible what the home brewer has access to today and there are so many opportunities to explore. Hops have lead the way for many, but look at the exciting developments in yeast (kveik!) and John Palmer’s research on water. Beer making may be as old as human civilization, but we are literally at the dawn of a new era, and that era is being driven by homebrewers like you and me.
I am blessed to be near a fantastic brewing community, both surrounding our local homebrew shop and in Brewminaries, the club I am a member of. They have been an invaluable resource and put a face to what is possible when homebrewers actively support each other.
In addition to listening and learning, I take any opportunity to share experience and introduce others to the creative world of homebrewing. I’ve introduced dozens of first-time brewers into group brews at my local shop, Bitter and Esters. I’ve opened my home to homebrew tours and have been a part of my club’s public events. And to help push some boundaries, I am currently working with a jazz musician and cook to build a dinner party based on a homebrew paired with thai food and music.
Outside of brewing, I own a real estate brokerage in New York City and, separately, a real estate educational company. I am a vestry member of my church with responsibilities that extend into their community outreach efforts as well as their complicated real estate portfolio. For sports, I curl (yes, there is a curling league in Brooklyn!), have run several marathons and love a good chess game.
It would be an honor and a pleasure to contribute to the AHA as a member of the governing committee, to further share my passion for the craft, and promote the creative and community aspects of homebrewing.
Terry di Paolo