Brewers from Draught Works and the Denver Beer Co. collaborate on making a huckleberry sour beer last weekend at the Draught Works brewery in Missoula, Mont. The beer was kettle soured before being added to the fermentation tank seen here. Courtesy of Draught Works hide caption

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Central Michigan University has announced a new certificate program in "fermentation science," and James Holton's company, Mountain Town Station Brewing Co., will help give CMU students hands-on brewing experience. Steve Jessmore/Central Michigan University via AP hide caption

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Aspiring Craft Brewers Hit The Books To Pick Up Science Chops

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Brewers pay a federal tax on each barrel of beer they produce. Two proposals on Capitol Hill would lower that tax for small brewers, but not everyone's on board. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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A Craft Beer Tax Battle Is Brewing On Capitol Hill

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Clean Water Services held a brewing competition in Sept. 2014, inviting 13 homebrewers to make beer from its purified wastewater (as well as water from other sources). Now the company is asking the state for permission for brewers to use its wastewater product exclusively to make beer. /Courtesy of Clean Water Services hide caption

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Allagash Brewing microbiologist and head of quality control Zach Bodah's favorite microscope picture of Brettanomyces (taken in house). The culture comes from Confluence Ale and is a blend of the Allagash house yeast and Brett yeast. Courtesy of Zach Bodah/Allagash hide caption

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With so many craft breweries now in operation, just about every beer name you can imagine is taken. That's making it harder for newcomers to name that brew without risking a legal fight. Leif Parsons for NPR hide caption

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Chris Lohring founded Notch Brewing in 2010. The company's lineup includes a Czech pilsner, a Belgian saison and an India pale ale. All of the brews are session beers — meaning their alcohol by volume, or A.B.V., is less than 5 percent. Courtesy of Notch Brewing hide caption

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More Drinking, Less Buzz: Session Beers Gain Fans

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Nicholas Komninos (from left), Anthony Pernisi and Ashlee Doele are among the 25 students who signed up for the first suds-specific class in Paul Smith's College's new minor in craft beers. It's a three-credit course in brewing, replete with labs and lectures. Joe Conto/Courtesy Paul Smith's College hide caption

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Before opening a plant in North Carolina in early 2014, Sierra Nevada took water samples from all over the region and analyzed them. It realized it needed to add salt and prepare for fermentation. Steve R/Flickr hide caption

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Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

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John Stuart (left) of Green Man Brewery grabs a Tater Ridge mash sample from Sierra Nevada's Scott Jennings (center) at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, N.C. Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. hide caption

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Sebastian Zutant is the owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Washington, D.C. He's also a sommelier. He and a friend at DC Brau have developed their own beer-wine mashup. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz?

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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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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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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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