The addition of a manageable brewery to the farm, then, is sensible, especially considering Barse's homebrewing history. He started over 40 years ago, in 1972, when it was still prohibited. "My dad brought me home a homebrew kit from England for my 18th birthday," he says. "So I made my first batch of pale ale-it was horrible-March 9, 1972. I saved it until my birthday!" making it legal for him to consume-the drinking age at the time was 18-the illegal pale ale he brewed. (After Prohibition, homebrewing was made legal again in 1978: "Jimmy Carter! He was a peanut farmer," Barse exclaims.) He's been perfecting the Red Eye Porter recipe for 20 years.