Greg Whiting is the owner and brewer at Hightower Brewing Co. The nanobrewery, which offers cans, operates out of a garage in rural Rayland in southeast Ohio. The brewery is named after Whiting -- he stands 6-foot-7 and his nickname is "Hightower."

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I started brewing as a hobby. I somehow convinced my wife that by starting to brew I would save money by not buying so much craft beer on the weekends. Little did we both know it would become a big part of my life and eventually my profession. I was a union electrician by trade and we had a slow year when the idea hit me to open a brewery. So after some more convincing we started planning Hightower Brewing Co..

Q: What are the best and worst aspects of being a brewer?

A: The best aspect of being a brewer is to be able to give your take on styles and craft beer. Everyone's palette is different but I think anyone from the beginning homebrewer to the veteran brewer is trying to brew beers that they love. And when you work on recipes and release new beers to the public seeing reactions and interacting with customers is great. Especially in our case. We have been blessed with great, friendly, craft beer loving customers from the beginning. The worst aspect of being a brewer is all the hours spent cleaning and sanitizing. But at the end of the day I'm lucky to be doing something that I love and if cleaning and sanitizing is the worst part of my day, I'm happy with that.

Q: What advice can you give future brewers to be successful?

A: First off, I would say brew as often as possible, write down everything, and get feedback from fellow beer lovers and brewers. Always improve your palate by drinking great craft beer and learning from beers. There are fantastic beers within reach for everybody these days so you have to figure out what sets you apart.

Q: What’s your best-selling beer and why do you think it’s so popular?

A: Our Deep Dark Stout has been our highest rated beer. It's a 14.2 percent stout. We have natural fed spring water that gives us a great water profile for dark beer. We have recently come out with a line of New England-style IPAs that have definitely been our best-selling beers. It's such an easy beer to drink. Low bitterness with floral and citrus aroma and super juicy, what's not to love!

Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/invented/brewed and why?

A: This is a tough question. There are so many great beers out there. The beer that sticks out most would be Heady Topper from Alchemist. I've had better beers but just what it represents being one of, if not the first true hazy unfiltered IPA. It put that area on the map when the market was dominated by high IBU West Coast IPAs and created one of the most controversial styles still to this day.

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