Currently I am considering a career in brewing, I've spent two days now in breweries giving a helping hand and learning the trade. I've been doing some research into what I need to do to become knowledgeable enough to be hired by a brewery, as well as looking into female-centered beer and brewing groups. Some notable groups are the Pink Boots Society, Women in Beer, and Ales for FemAles.
Don and I are working on a documentary short that we hope to shop around to PBS and the like on Backyard Chicken Coops. There are several meetup groups such as Chicago Backyard Poultry at meetup.com which we have joined in the hopes of meeting others who take up this totally bizzare but totally rewarding hobby. As well, we have found two other backyard coops within walking distance from our homes. If you know of any others let us know.
Jettison Quarterly ( jettisonquarterly.com ) will be releasing it's 3rd issue September 5th, so make sure to check that out. This issue I wrote a small piece on Alice Berry, a great Chicago clothing designer as well as a piece on my day helping out in the Goose Island Clybourn Brewery.
My second homebrew, a Saison that I brewed for Pete and my 4-year anniversary (which is this Friday), is just about finished. So stop by and lets have a drink.