In an Illinois railyard, train cars carrying beers such as Corona and Pacifico are at risk of spoiling their cargo if freezing temperatures take hold. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the first official Trappist brewery outside Europe, will go on sale next week in Massachusetts. Nick Hiller/The Spencer Brewery hide caption

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American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

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A German law from 1516 says beer should only include three ingredients: hops, barley and water. Now brewers are lobbying to have the law be recognized by UNESCO. Dan Love/Flickr hide caption

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Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring?

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Boulevard Brewing's lineup includes seven year-round beers, five seasonal beers and 13 beers in its Smokestack series. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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When Craft Beer Goes Global: A Kansas City Brewery's Tale

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This controversial ad riffing off the legendary "got milk?" campaign is one of several marketing health insurance to young people in Colorado. Thanks Obamacare campaign hide caption

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Colorado Ads Use Sex And Alcohol To Sell Health Insurance

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The brewers at Scratch Brewing Company add wild plants like spicebush, goldenseal, wild ginger, chanterelles and wild rose root to their beer to give it the flavor of the Illinois woods. Aaron Kleidon/Scratch Brewing Company hide caption

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Todd Fadel, at piano, leads singers at a recent gathering of Beer & Hymns at First Christian Church Portland. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

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Hold Your Horses: The main flavor of a sour beer is tartness, like a strawberry or lemon. But many sours also have a "funky" taste that some say smells like a horse blanket or a barnyard. Morgan Walker/NPR hide caption

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Meg Gill is the president and co-founder of Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles. Her brewery is favored to win awards at the Great American Beer Festival. Melissa Kuypers/NPR hide caption

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Women, The 'First Brewers,' Lean Into Craft Beer-Making

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Hair of the Dog releases a few bottles of Dave a year. In September, the 12 bottles of Dave on sale for $2,000 apiece sold out within a few hours. Courtesy of Alan Sprints hide caption

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Michael Ferguson, of the BJ's Restaurants group, is one of only a small handful of African-Americans who make beer for a living. Greg Barna/Courtesy 'Beer Geeks' hide caption

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