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Some beer makers are excited about the possibility of using modified yeast to flavor beer instead of hops, which require a lot of water to grow. Mint Images/Getty Images/Mint Images RF hide caption

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Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt in Hadley, Mass., steeps small amounts of malt as part of the international Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day, an event meant to highlight women's growing influence on the beer industry. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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A head of poor-quality malt barley taken directly from a field in Power, Mont. Heat and a lack of water resulted in small and light kernels. Grain rejected for malt barley often ends up as animal feed. Tony Bynum/Food & Environment Reporting Network hide caption

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Left: A bartender at Hops & Barley brew pub pours a pint of beer in Berlin, Germany. Right: A portrait of Martin Luther. The protest that Luther launched 500 years ago not only revamped how Europe worshiped, but also how it drank. He and his followers promoted hops in beer as an act of rebellion against the Catholic Church. left: Adam Berry Right: Ullstein bild via/Getty Images hide caption

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Medusa Brewing Company co-founder Keith Sullivan checks on the beer in the brewing area. "There are very few big breweries that have this family, community, connected feel. That's what we're selling," he says. Courtesy of Medusa Brewing Company/Elise Meader hide caption

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The Next Big Thing In Beer Is Being A Small Taproom

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From left, Von Humbolt's Natur wasser, named after the German explorer and naturalist; Blood & Sand, inspired by silent movie star Rudolph Valentino; and a single malt by Macallan in collaboration with artist Steven Klein. Courtesy of Tamworth Distilling, Samuel Adams and The Macallan hide caption

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Sunn O)))'s Greg Anderson (center) mugs with brewers from Right Proper, Stone and Pen Druid to make "Soused," a beer inspired by the drone-metal band's collaboration with Scott Walker. Clarissa Villondo /Karlin Villondo Photography hide caption

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Craft breweries now account for 5,234 of 5,301 U.S. beer makers, according to an industry group's annual tally. Here, Danielle Coons, the tasting room ambassador at D.L. Geary Brewing Co. serves a beer in Portland, Maine, last November. Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Ignacio Nicolas Campillo, director of a hops production facility in northern Spain, peels apart the flower of the hops plant, to reveal yellow powder inside. The powder is used to make beer. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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No Bitterness Here: Craft Beer Boom Boosts Spain's Hops Growers

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AJS made these cone-headed taps for Stevens Point Brewery in Wisconsin. Courtesy of Olivia Locascio Film and Photo hide caption

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Arts And Craft Beers: Brewers Draw Drinkers' Eyes With Snazzy Tap Handles

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