"And Sam [Calagione] from Dogfish Head, their original brewhouse was only a little bit bigger than ours. They'd brew 10 gallons four or five times a day just to keep up," Meredith added.
As for what the couple does with their homebrewing output, well, that’s what their classes and events are for: to inspire their students by having them taste a variety of beer styles.
Finding community: it's more inclusive than most people think
The most common misconception about home brewing is that it’s a solitary endeavor, that it’s something lonely men do in the shadows (or in their dank basements). In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
"The community that's around brewing is very supportive," Meredith noted. "It is welcoming to women. Especially with the Philly Homebrew Club, there's a lot of women involved, and not just because their husbands are part of it. It’s because they want to be there and they want to learn and they brew on their own."
It’s this spirit of welcoming that inspired them to launch the upcoming S.E.E.D. Festival, which stands for Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables. It’s Philly’s first-ever vegan craft food and beer festival, to be held on August 14th at SugarHouse Casino, which is good news for those who aren’t keen to drive to a drinking festival as public transportation will be readily available.