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The Secret to Cheaper, Greener Local Beer

A Minnesota microbrewery has a secret ingredient that makes beer cheaper, cleaner, and more local.

Brewing beer is, in theory, fairly simple. A small farmer can grow all the barley and the hops needed on a little plot of land—it’s easier to grow than corn. And a microbrewery can pump out a few humble barrels of finished beer in anything from a spare room to sprawling warehouse.

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