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Scientists Crack the Secret of Turning Beer into Gasoline

“Brewtroleum” doesn’t just fuel your car—it helps protect the environment as you drive.

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Leave it to New Zealand to come up with the one, and only, instance where the combination of “alcohol” and “automobiles” is actually a good thing. There, local brewer DB Export has developed a new type of eco-friendly biofuel, the sin qua non for which is, yes, you guessed it—beer.

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How a Music Festival is Turning Pee Into Brewing’s Next Big Thing

“From Piss to Pilsner” is closing the loop on two of the most recognizable features of large outdoor concerts: beer and urine.

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Typically, when someone says their beer tastes like piss, that’s taken to be a bad thing. But for attendees at a recent music festival, comparing a sudsy brew with its biologically inevitable after-effect isn’t an insult at all. In fact, that’s exactly what festival organizers are aiming for.

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Is the Beer You’re Drinking Problematic?

It doesn’t have to be that way.

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Mike Babb was born in Golden, Colorado, in the shadow of the monolithic Coors Brewing Company. He worked at Coors for 20 years, the third generation of his family to do so. During what he calls a sabbatical, he went to Weihenstephan, part of the Technical University of Munich in Germany, where he learned the craft of a master brewer. After teaching at the Siebel Institute, a prestigious brewing program in Chicago, Babb relocated to Michigan. He helped design a new joint higher education degree program at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University that’s set to kick off later this year: a four-year Bachelor’s degree in sustainable brewing. The first 30 credit hours at KVCC will give the students a brewing certificate, with hands on classes in an experimental brewing kitchen, along with an associate’s degree that they can transfer to WMU for a more rigorous scientific focus in the second two years.

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Philanthropub Just One of Many Beer-Related Do-Gooders

If you pay attention to your local craft beer scene, you'll no doubt discover it supports many charitable causes.

We loved the idea of Oregon Public House, the Portland-based, nonprofit philanthropub, but we didn't realize that it had so many awesome cousins:

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Join the Social Network for Beer Lovers

New mobile app lets you share your favorite beers and bars with friends online.

Mixing social networking with alcohol can be a recipe for a regretful morning-after, with poorly-worded wall posts and oversharing tweets littering the news feeds of friends and coworkers. But that's no reason to ignore a new mobile app that invites users to share favorite beers with friends and “drink socially” online.

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