Michael Danks had always been intrigued about brewing his own beer. But it wasn’t until late last year, after sampling a ton of different craft beers as part of the Winking Lizard’s World Beer Tour, that he decided to take the plunge into the hobby. He hasn’t been disappointed. “It’s fun to make the beer and have it on draft at the house when the buddies come over,” said Danks, a 25-year-old construction engineer from Akron. “A lot of my friends are Bud Light and Labatt, macro-brew guys and it’s nice to expose them to homebrews and craft beer.” Thanks to folks like Danks, homebrewing is seeing a surge in popularity. A recent survey by the American Homebrewers Association found that homebrew shops saw gross revenue climb 16 percent last year and a vast majority reported a jump in the sales of beginner’s kits. To read the full story in today's Akron Beacon Journal, click here.