John Ream is the co-founder and brewer at Trek Brewing Co.in Newark. He and his wife Kristen, who moved back to Ohio from Seattle, opened the brewery in March in a former Damon's restaurant.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: Like a lot of homebrewers, I started with the thought that brewing could be cool to do as a profession someday. Over the years, brewing became my outlet and passion. It's a perfect blend of science and art. I get to geek out on the science of it, which makes the engineer side of me happy, but at the same time, I can be creative and try new things.

Q: What's the story behind the name Trek?

A: Opening this brewery and moving back home to Ohio was the next big step on our craft beer journey, our adventure. It's our Trek.

Q: You lived in Seattle before coming home to Ohio. So how would you compare the Washington beer culture to the Buckeye State's? Are there big differences -- or similarities?

A: Washington (and especially Seattle) has definitely fully integrated breweries into the culture. There are neighborhood breweries all over. When we first started working on our business plan, there were more breweries in our county in Washington than there were in the state of Ohio. I think Ohio is also moving in this direction and it's the future of the industry. Small brewery taprooms to serve the community.

Q: Usually I ask what a brewery's best-selling beer is, but with Trek being so new I'll mix up this question. If someone drops into your brewery now and can have only one of your beers, what beer do you hand them and why? (And assume that he or she enjoys all styles. So pick what you think is your best beer or what best represents your brewery.)

A: I would hand them our Cream Ale. It is a beer that I only recently started brewing, but it has become one of my favorites. It is very light and refreshing. Perfect for going into summer. It has been my go-to after a long day in the brewery. It is also a good platform for experimentation. We will have a coffee version coming to the taproom soon.

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

A: It feels like the answer should be some hazy glitter double IPA or mocha maple coffee blueberry barrel-aged imperial stout, but I would say Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It is a timeless classic that never goes out of style. Perfect beer that you can drink and enjoy all day, any time of the year.

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