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A waiter carries beers at the Theresienwiese fair grounds of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, last September. For centuries, a German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing. Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

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Brewers in North Carolina are planning to donate all of the profits from a new beer to two groups that work on behalf of the LGBT community. Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Jonathan Goldsmith plays "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in beer company Dos Equis' ad campaign. Bobby Quillard/Anderson Group Public Relations hide caption

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A judge has approved the settlement terms of a lawsuit over the way Anheuser-Busch labels its U.S.-made, German-style Beck's beer. Braca Nadezdic Fotografix/iStockphoto hide caption

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Can Beck's Be Labeled 'German' If It's Brewed In St. Louis? No, Judge Agrees

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Pabst Blue Ribbon was founded in Milwaukee in 1844, where it remained until 1996. Now a hipster favorite, the old-timer is making its way home — back to the very same seven-block complex it left behind. LaToya Dennis for NPR hide caption

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In PBR's Big Milwaukee Homecoming, The Brewing Giant Goes Micro

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At Anise, a bar in Beirut, Lebanon, beloved local herbs like za'atar, sage and rosemary are making their way into cocktails. "We want to do something fresh in our cocktails," says co-owner Marwan Matar. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

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The Smuttynose Towle Farm brewery in Hampton, N.H., has an invisible but tight envelope that keeps the interior temperature consistently cool or warm, prevents energy loss and ultimately saves money. Courtesy of Smuttynose Brewing Company 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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