In 2011 my wife bought me a one gallon beer making kit; a simple American Wheat from Brooklyn Brew Shop. I had recently picked up an appreciation for craft beer and was just beginning to explore the many, many different styles.
I brewed the one gallon kit and committed more errors than I thought possible (including spilling a third of it all over the kitchen floor) but, in the end, I successfully made my first homebrewed beer and from that point on, I was hooked.
Today I make the beer that I like to drink, meaning I mostly brew sours and wild ales.
My basement home brewery is a place to escape the rapid pace of my professional career and take a few hours to enjoy the slow, sometimes unpredictable growth and work of microorganisms that do the hard work of turning water, grain, and hops into something delicious to be poured in a glass.