One of the many reasons homebrewing is very popular nowadays is because you are not just taking up a hobby, you are becoming part of a closely knit society of homebrewers with its own language, culture and social structure that is unique to homebrewers.
The social aspect of drinking beer is, of course, well known. The community of bars and pubs that offers to patrons a place of comfort, friendship, fun and relaxation is about a lot more than just throwing back a few delicious beers. It is a part of our social fabric that dates back to revolutionary times when our most important documents were hashed out over a beer or ten. The importance of sharing a beer is just as powerful today as we all enjoy reminiscing about that bar where "everybody knows your name".
So just as the social aspect of enjoying a beer with one another is well entrenched in our culture, so too is the art of making beer a deeply rooted part of society that goes back many generations. That popularity has seen regular revivals and we are once more seeing a surge of interest in brewing today as all over the world brew pubs are springing up around delicious home grown beers that, in most cases, are much better than the relatively bland mass produced beers that are heavily advertised in the media.
This maturing and sophisticated brewing subculture not only will be of great assistance to you as you start to learn about becoming a homebrewer yourself, it will become a society that is a lot of fun to be part of and where you will make friends for life as you share with others your passion of making your own beer. All over the world the grass roots level subculture of homebrewing is growing fast. This is of no small concern to the big production brewers who cannot possibly make the quality and rich variety of beer that can be made at the local level. But this is a natural evolution as we follow our friends in the UK where keg beers made locally dominate the world of beer consumption in a culture where pubs are a central part of the fabric of society.
One of the main reasons homebrewing has such appeal is the vast diversity of beers you can make and the ability to control flavor, consistency and alcohol levels. Also, once you have your basic beer brewing equipment up and running, it is much cheaper to make your own beer. And there is something incredibly satisfying about brewing a five gallon batch of your next beer as you enjoy last month's five gallon batch... with that necessary tweak. Beer brewers usually get quite obsessed with flavor, color and the "oomph" factor and are always looking for new ways to become better at this fun and interesting hobby.
Whatever level of involvement in making beer appeals to you, you will most likely find new friends in the beer brewing society that you can share your hobby (and beer) with. All over the world there are magazines, newsletters, blogs, Facebook groups and Youtube channels devoted to helping amateur brewers share their unique and inspiring recipes and solve one other's home brewing problems. Plus there are various home made beer competitions that can really put some challenge on you to make that extraordinary beer that really makes the judges sit up and take notice.
So as you find yourself getting more enthusiastic and intwined in the fun of homebrewing, you will most definitely find a diverse array of other beer making enthusiasts to share your hobby (and beer) with. So have fun, make friends, make great beer and, above all, share your beer and knowledge with others. Because beer brewing is about much more than a good pint, it's about good times with good people as well.