What's your day job?
I am a freelance graphic designer and bartender at an amazing bar called La Esquinita Beer Garden in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
What or who got you into homebrewing? When was it?
I had been thinking about homebrewing for many years, but I thought it was really hard and expensive. When I started visiting La Esquinita (the bar I'm currently working at), there were days they had seminars about beer and homebrewing and even some homebrew days. I always enjoyed going to them and the bottle shares and tastings they had. It wasn't until I started dating my boyfriend about a year and a half ago, who had been homebrewing for years, that I got the opportunity to try it out for myself.
Can you tell us an interesting story about homebrewing?
During one of our IPA batches, we decided we would try to do a hop trub 'dump' since we use a conical fermenter. Well, let's say we managed to 'dump' hops all over the garage and ourselves. It ended up being hilarious and served as a lesson to work out some kinks in the process.
How is brewing a social thing for you? Do you like brewing with others?
Most of my homebrewing "career" has been during the pandemic, so I haven't had the opportunity to brew with others. I look forward to it!