One day my wife asked me how many beer glasses I need? I didn’t really understand the question. She called me over to the kitchen cabinet and showed me about 70 random glasses stuffed into a cabinet. I actually felt a bit proud. Wow I didn’t know it was that many. I go to so many events and visit so many breweries, that I never realized how many I collected. I realized then and there, that I had a problem. I didn’t use 90% of them, but I didn’t want to get rid of them. For us beer people, glassware is a part of what we do.

When you are single, that doesn’t matter. You can just do as you please. Fill up 20 cabinets with your beer stuff. Now that I have a family, I have to make compromises. Did I need all of this glassware? Of course not. There is not reason I needed to keep all of these. So I decided to make a change. I got rid of most of it. I settled on 15 glasses that I needed to keep and put a handful of tasting glasses in the garage in case I needed to entertain for a tasting. It was hard at first, but I did it. Now I don’t even miss them.

I have a new one in one out policy. If I want to bring another glass in, I need to get rid of one of the old ones. Don’t worry, I’m not throwing them out. I give them away. In the end glassware is just stuff. That’s not why I belong to the beer community. I do it for the beer and the people. The glass is just the container. Now that I remember that, it’s not that big of a deal.

Note on Beer After Babies:

Beer after babies was created due to suggestions by our members that were struggling to balance their family lives and their beer lives. At first it sounded ridiculous, but what we have found, is that many of us have similar challenges.

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Don DiBrita

Chief of Beer Drinking Operations at Beer Dogging LLC
Don is the Founder of Beer Dogging, a 10,000 member international beer club dedicated to making beer education fun. He is an adjunct faculty member and board member for the Business of Craft Beer Program at College of DuPage. Don loves training beer industry staff and those looking to get into the beer industry.
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