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Beer geeks introduce America to sophisticated suds culture

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Burp Castle in New York is a self-proclaimed temple of beer worship and a beer geek favorite. (Lorenzo Morales)

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Beer geeks are introducing America to sophisticated beer culture. (Lorenzo Morales)

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Burp Castle in New York serves up to 12 different drafts and hundreds of bottled beers. (Lorenzo Morales)

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The sales of U.S. craft beer, which is produced with 100 percent barley or wheat malt, rose 29.5 percent from 2003 to 2006. (Lorenzo Morales)

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Chef Bruce Paton pairs chocolate desserts with trappist beers. (Courtesy of Jay Brooks )

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Beer geeks are trying to convince the Bud-drinking masses that beer is more than a pedestrian swill and that good beer tastes better than wine.


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