So for some reason, I couldn't for the life of me remember what year I started brewing. My first equipment was purchased via Craigslist, so fortunately I could look up the date within email, which was 3/18/2013. My back story is two fold. Part one, I fell in love with craft trying Belhaven Wee Heavy at a now closed craft bar. At the time, 2001, The Brickskeller Washington DC, had about 1,000 different beers. I asked the bar where I could get Belhaven, Chevy Chase Liquor was their response. From there I started trying all sorts of new beers and keeping track of the one's I like, scoring 1 to 5 via Excel - engineer here. Part two, before I started home brewing, I was trading beers. My wife hated the wasted money of shipment. So I made the beer trade of a lifetime and trading stoping trades for blessing to start brewing. So what's your story Brewadvocate? Why, how, or when, did you start home brewing?