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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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For craft breweries, the Senate's tax code overhaul could be very good for business. The plan includes a provision that would save alcohol producers $4.2 billion from 2018 to 2019. Scott Olson/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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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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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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