Hop Dad

I’m an average guy with an average place in the world. I came to fatherhood later in life than most dads and that’s a very good thing. Had I become a father at 25 I probably would have exploded from the stress.

My daughter came me in the summer of 2009 and has been in command of my life ever since. My son arrived in November of 2011 and is a big chunk of joy who will soon be breaking all of my stuff.

Me and Doodles

Me and Doodles

Why Hop Dad?

I wanted to make a journal about two things that energize me: home brewing and being a dad. It will be a place for me to put forth my ideas, techniques, and lessons learned; a place to be creative, to vent, and ask for help. It can also serve as a resource for others to draw upon.

When I learned I was about to become a parent the geek in me immediately jumped online to look for resources just for dads. I was sorely disappointed. Gender politics aside, there is a significant lack of resources for fathers. This journal is my attempt to contribute to the pool of knowledge for dads everywhere.

As for the brewing, it just makes me happy and I want to share my hobby with others. Brewing is an act of creativity that requires me to be patient, consistent, and pay attention to details. Yet often I am forced to take a chance and just hope for the best. That’s like fatherhood, too.

Brewing beer can be a great stress reliever and every dad needs a place where he can be at peace. So, here we go. Relax, Dad, and have a pint. It’s time to put the kettle on!

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Glenn Bradford  |  July 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Hey Hop Dad!

    Average? Average has nothing to do with it. All struggles are relative to ourselves. One hop person’s epic is another hop mom’s trivial. In the word of Vonnegut, ‘so it goes.’ Welcome to the Interwebs. 🙂

    Reply
  • 2. Jason  |  October 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    OK. I’m not sure how you stumbled upon my most recent post, but after reading some of your stuff, I think it’s wise for us to become acquainted. Beer and being a Dad?! I am in! 🙂

    Reply
    • 3. Hop Dad  |  October 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Hello, Jason!

      I found your blog by perusing the “Fatherhood” tag on my WordPress reader. It was your post about daughters that caught my attention because having a daughter is a supreme joy for me.

      Your writing shines with your enthusiasm for fatherhood and your blog is well worth reading. Thanks for commenting and I hope to hear from you again soon!

      Reply
  • 4. Little Mom BIG World  |  October 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I really enjoy reading your blog….and I appreciate you stopping by to follow mine 🙂

    Reply
    • 5. Hop Dad  |  November 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you so much! Your blog is wonderfully candid.

      Reply
  • 6. bussokuseki  |  January 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Being a Dad, I find, goes with just about anything life can offer. Thank you for stopping by to follow my blog. Be well~

    Reply

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