I started brewing in the early '80s after returning from Europe and being disappointed by American beers.
Once we started to have kids, the time (mainly bottle washing) was too much, and I stopped in the late '80s.
In about 2010, my now adult sons bought be a beer kit for Christmas, and I've been all-grain brewing ever since.
I generally like my beer to taste like beer, my coffee to taste like coffee, and my fruit and vegetables to taste like fruits and vegetables.
My go-to brews are Czech-style pilsener, bitter, ESB, and pale ale. I've also made some heavier, sweeter beers (Scotch Wee Heavy, bocks, märzens,
On a trip to Nashville, I stopped at a distillery and picked up some bourbon barrel charcoal, which I've added to Wee Heavy to make a couple of really nice (but strong!) brews.
I also recently tried a milk stout with cocoa, cherry, bourbon barrel charcoal and a habenero pepper. Not perfect, but I'll definitely give that another go some time.