By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
It all began when John Ayers of Galax visited a brew pub in Charlotte, N.C.
He was used to beer that can be found in any grocery store, such as Budweiser, Coors and Miller, he said. But when he tried a variety of samplings at the restaurant, his enthusiasm for craft beer began.
After traveling and sampling the hundreds of brews that are available, he began crafting his own styles in preparation to start his own brewery back home.