Why did we start brewing? Because we thought it would be diverting and entertaining. (It turned out to be frustrating and difficult.)
Why did we stick with it? Because, from day one, it helped us understand beer better. When we spoke about malt and hops, we were no longer thinking in abstract terms, but had handled the raw materials. We began to understand what effect they had, and could suddenly detect them in the beer we were drinking in the pub. We learned how hard it is to brew great beer and gained a new appreciation for the brewer’s art.
Why are we brewing more now than ever? Like the man says, it’s “a reaction… to what is otherwise available in the marketplace”. We simply can’t get the kind of beer we want to drink in Penzance for a price we can afford. We love cask ale in the pub but, sometimes, we want Belgian, American or German-style beers. Sure, we can order bottles online, with a hefty delivery charge, and do so as an occasional treat; but, now we’ve more-or-less got the hang of it, brewing at home is far, far cheaper, and has finally become as much fun as we’d hoped it would be.