Who else has a supportive significant other/family?

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  1. jdillon334

    jdillon334 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2010 North Carolina
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    I do all the research and acquisition work but she enjoys almost every beer I bring home. She also loves to hang out at the local bottle shop and craft beer bars.

    Last time we were at the bottle shop she had a 10oz Terrapin wake and bake and a 10oz of Mother Earth Silent Night.
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  2. kneary13

    kneary13 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    my wife bought me my first homebrew kit, a keggerator as a wedding present, never misses a beer festival, and doesn't mind incorporating brewery tours and visits into our vacations. with twins on the way (8 mo pregnant now), we have a pretty solid cellar going of all the beers she's missed and we want to enjoy together.
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  3. Dannywhitewash

    Dannywhitewash Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Ohio

    my special 'lady friend' doesn't care as long as she gets her wild blue. :confused:
  4. MyIronLung

    MyIronLung Aspirant (259) Oct 28, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I'll be the first one here to say.. My wife IS NOT supportive of my beer habit. I use a separate credit card to make purchases a beer stores, make sure I'm never left "logged in" to my Fedex account, ship and receive all my trades from work and sometimes use alibis when at beer festivals. My wife IS a wonderful caring woman, she just thinks I'm crazy when it comes to my beer habit. Although, when she told be she bought herself a $300 purse while Christmas shopping the other day, I then told her how I ordered $250 worth of Belgian Lambics on line a month ago... She smiled.
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  5. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Supportive of my drinking? Not exactly.....

  6. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Aspirant (213) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
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    Basically this.
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  7. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (525) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Even my beer friends refer to my wife as the best beer wife in the world, even though she doesn't drink beer. I try not to drag her along to too many festivals, but she drove 4 hours with myself and two friends to Hill Farmstead's Harvest Fest and then carted us around that night to Waterbury bars in the pouring rain. Plus, she drove all the way home the next day while the three guys were passed out and hungover.

    When we lived in NH, she was famous for saying, "Do you want me to drive you guys to Amesbury for some beers?"
  8. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    My fiance was a BMC guy before we met- now he'll never go back to that stuff and he doesn't understand why a lot of his friends won't deviate from budweiser.

    He loves to try new beers and go on brewpub date adventures with me. We are hoping to hit a few brewpubs on our honeymoon.

    He is now really into stouts, porters, strong ales, and different seasonal beers. He hates sours, really funky wild ales and IPAs- which are some of my favorites. I don't mind not sharing an IPA- but 750ml of Cantillon is a little much for me in one sitting. He also kinda finds waiting in line for hours at a beer release kinda dorky.
  9. callmeishmALE

    callmeishmALE Disciple (327) Dec 30, 2010 Colorado

    So today, like most football Sundays, my wife and I visited her aunt and uncle's for the game. They're really into craft beer and always have awesome stuff on hand. They take beer vacations and come back with 6-7 cases every time. I always get the call from my aunt-in-law from a bottle shop she's never been as she goes row by row to see if there's anything I want, which is much appreciated.

    My mom and stepdad are cool about everything too. The aren't into craft beer, but always keep something for Sierra Nevada in the fridge for me. What about you all? Any cool beer family members you'd like to brag on?
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  10. WebGuyMike

    WebGuyMike Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 Florida

    I've only recently discovered craft beers and I just found out at Christmas that my little brother is into craft too. He has tried a lot more than I have and had some great suggestions for me.

    He also helped our dad select a local brew from his area for me which is how I got a bomber of Cocoa Beach Pale Ale.

    My girlfriend loves to try new beers. She is on vacation right now in VA visiting family. She took my wish list with her and said shes bringing back about 24 items off of it. I am stoked to see what all she found.
  11. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (573) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    No, my brother makes fun of my beer all the time.
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  12. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    Same here! I take it in stride, and occasionally drink what he's having.
  13. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

  14. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Initiate (177) Nov 23, 2012 Virginia

    I've converted a lot of my family. Just find something they are really into...like coffee. Give them a nice coffee stout and watch their interest grow.
  15. meigs3

    meigs3 Aspirant (299) Nov 21, 2009 Alabama

    I have a freezer/kegerator and two years ago I asked my wife what she wanted for Christmas and she said another tap on the kegerator! So now it is a 3 tapper!!!
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  16. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

    my wife (rarely enjoys a beer) and dad (never) are always on the lookout for my favorites. they've surprised me with Pliny, Blind Big, Enjoy By, Parabola, Sucaba, Firestone Anniversaries, Damnations, FW XV, Stone Verticals, Hoptimum, etc.
  17. bman_85

    bman_85 Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2012 Wisconsin

    Immediate family lives out in Nevada so every time I get out there my stepdad always has obsidian in the fridge. Sis also runs around Vegas picking up seasonal beers for me. Wife mostly just shakes her head
  18. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,438) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    I wish. The wife can't understand why I want to "get more beer when you already have some in the fridge and in the basement".
    Congrats to you though.
  19. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    You sir, are winning.
  20. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (1,835) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Did you just poor that beer into a wine glass? That's my life!
  21. callmeishmALE

    callmeishmALE Disciple (327) Dec 30, 2010 Colorado

    I still get that type of question from my wife even though she loves craft beer. It's still a hard argument to make that beer to me is like scarves or shoes to her. Ah well.
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  22. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    No. It makes no sense to anyone. Beer trading is even harder to explain....
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  23. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    My retired aunt & uncle get me some kick ass beer around the holidays & my wife says she supports my beer purchases to a point...the point being that I have many really good beer options whenever she may want one.

    Being a little urban achiever, challenge accepted.
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  24. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    My wife is as much an appreciator as I am, and my sister is a fan.
  25. good_gracious

    good_gracious Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2012 Maryland

    My wife is slowly converting to craft brews from mostly wine and never bud/miller/coors. She supports my drinking and home brewing habits which is nice.

    The rest of my family either doesn't understand, hates the taste or thinks I'm eccentric (or something worse). I find that I do not care about their opinions.
  26. rolandboy

    rolandboy Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 Michigan

    my father-in-law gifted me all of his home brew equipment. he's still a huge craft beer fan but his hobbies just took a turn. every time we go to their house he always picks up 2 mix and match sixers of craft brew for everyone to enjoy. i was also pleasantly surprised when my wife said to me "we should just buy FBS by the case...i'm tired of running out". twist my arm!
  27. trevorjk

    trevorjk Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Netherlands
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    I mow my mom's lawn and she buys me what ever beers i want and all i have to do is let her have a few sips. Does this count?
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  28. callmeishmALE

    callmeishmALE Disciple (327) Dec 30, 2010 Colorado

    It does indeed. That's a pretty damn good payment method.
  29. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    My brother in law doesn't geek out, but he drinks mostly good stuff. I've managed to convert my dad and sister, but at the moment I can't get them to drink anything that isn't a chocolate stout. Was cool at first, now it's getting a little annoying.
  30. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,438) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    The other problem is acquiring glassware as well. "How many glasses do you need?". Ugh! MORE dammit!
  31. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    My parents definitely support it. My mom likes to try whatever I bring home from college and work. She even keeps refridgerator space for when my stock runs a bit low, so I can have a spot to put new bottles. lol

    I also got home brewing essentials and my dad is going to brew my first batch with me this tuesday. I'm very excited!
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  32. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    Besides my wife (likes anything bourbon barrel aged), only my sister and brother in law enjoy good beers. Even then it's a stretch to get them to like a wide variety of styles. At a VT bar this week, when handed a snifter full of Tilquin my bro in law said, "yep, smells like shit". Oh well, more for me.
  33. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (460) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    My 76 yr old Mom lives in San Diego and will shag special release bottles for me if I can't get down there.
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  34. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Savant (994) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    Yes and no. My wife is very supportive. Now she's picky because she got sick once, but always gets me some awesome beers for special occasions, she'll partake semi-regularly. For my birthday and CHristmas she goes to a bottle shop by us where we're friends with the manager and I get a sweet hook up. Her family is about 3 hours away, but they'll usually have some type of crowd pleasing craft beer in the fridge (Sam's, Seirra Nevada, Saranac, ect.). Outside of that my brother drives for Budweiser if that counts. Outside of that, zero support, some people in my family think people drink any form of alcohol because they have a problem.
  35. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    My wife doesn't mind that I have 120 beers in the garage fridge, but that's where the support ends. Which is fine.
  36. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium


    With pretty much everything I do, they think it's a "fase". They do seem to take more kindly to my love of beer than my love of video games, as I've gotten beer-related Xmas presents the past two years. In the form of books on beer of course, not actual beer. That would be taking things a step too far!
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  37. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Most disturbing typo ever? Probably not. Most disturbing typo ths morning? Yes.
  38. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    My wife is ten kinds of beertastic! We went to several events during Asheville beer week for our anniversary. Went to Funky Fest and Terrapin this summer. Repeat trips are on the 2013 schedule along with AHA conference. She loves saisons, sour beers, and stouts. She never asks why I bought more carboys, another couple bags of malt, or another 5 pounds of hops. She dropped me off at the malt house to drink 8% homebrew at 10 am before she went to a job interview, then we went and had some barrel aged Catawba Imperial Stout as a pre-lunch snack. I am a lucky man.

    In-laws are Southern Baptist. FIL is semi-retired preacher. That being said, they're pretty nice about my hobby. Her mom even sent me over some old flip tops she found at a yard sale, thinking I could use them for homebrew.
  39. jjchristiano

    jjchristiano Aspirant (263) Sep 24, 2009 New Jersey

    My sister and brother-in-law bought me tickets to join them at the Atlantic City Beer Festival about 4 years ago.
    Even though I would buy some craft beer prior to this, I would say that after attending I really became an enthusiast. Since then I even did some homebrewing and became a Beer Advocate.
  40. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    My family doesn't so much support me as they do enable me. Does this count?
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