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In the summer of 1755, Mary Draper Ingles was captured by the Shawnee and taken through the wilderness up to Ohio. After several weeks in captivity, she escaped and made the arduous 600 mile trek back along the New River to her family home.

It was shortly after her return that a group of friends gathered in a Radford backyard and first began discussing a neighborhood brewery.

Well, maybe it wasn’t the late 1700s, but it sure seems like it.