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The process of brewing beer: Complex, yet simple

They say great wine is made in the vineyard, but great beer - for the uninitiated - is both surprisingly complex, yet amazingly simple.

Beer is a mix between quality natural ingredients and precise operations.

For the record, a microbrew is a beer produced from a brewery that makes less than 15,000 barrels of beer each year with 75 percent of its beer sold off-site, according to the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

The term "microbrewery," at first, was used to describe the size of the operation, but it gradually came to convey an alternative, forward-thinking approach to brewing - one highly focused on building positive experiences.

The fact that the "little guys" in this business are deemed "craft brewers," hints at the fact people can do this in their home, bathroom or garage.

Experts say that starting a microbrewery will set you back about $100,000. If that's not for you, maybe just stick to the events such as the Mile High Brewfest, which is Saturday in Prescott.

- Research and graphics by Mason Lewis, Kudos!

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