What gave rise to the home brewing fad? Various things. The retro urges of the 1960s to return to the times of country frolics in the hay feild, galloping inflation later on (cheaper to brew than to buy a pint), and a desire to be posh and show off were major contributory factors.
But, from my own experiences (and Terry's), I would say avoid.
If you're planning to revive 1984, don't go for this catalogue - invite some friends round for a nice game of Trivial Pursuit instead. It was newly released in the UK in 1984, and a far healthier fad.