I started brewing with my Bro. in-law. I welded up a sweet three burner brew structure. We are still ironing out some wrinkles. We are set up to brew a 13 gal batch. I just wish we could afford the grain bill.
Another vote for the informal style of the Vancouver Plato Republic brewer's group. The 'Primary Fermenter' (aka el presidente) is Marc Martin, who also contributes regularly to BYO Magazine with the Replicator clone recipes.