I paid a visit to the Maryland Home Brewing Center near my home in Columbia, MD the other day to investigate the idea of brewing my own beer. I've always sort of been curious about the process and know a few people that have done so themselves. All of them swear that any home brewer can make a product superior to even the expensive beers you find on the shelves of local liquor stores, but I have always been skeptical because I've tasted more than a few bad homebrews and only one or two that I thought were up to the quality of a good specialty beer.
I figure the reason why this is is because home brewers have to have pride in their product irrespective of whether or not it beats good beer. I do the same for the bread I bake and my wife's observation that the stuff we buy at Panera beats my stuff hits me pretty hard every time.
I am curious though, and really want to know that it is possible to make something like the Avery Maharajah or the Stone Arrogant Bastard in my basement for $10/gallon.
Any home brewers care to comment?