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In this Thursday, March 19, 2015, photo, Koby Harris, brewery production manager, left, and Sandra Cain, assistant director of retail operations, present their freshly brewed beers at Innovation Brew Works in the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Pomona, Calif. Although the beer made on Pomona's campus is sold at the university's pub, school officials say the effort isn't about providing product for boozy frat boys. It's about responding to a booming craft-beer market by giving students the skills to compete for jobs in a rapidly expanding section of the hospitality industry. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

“To make the beer here and sell the beer here and have a cafe and have an educational component, we’re the first to have put all those pieces together,” Aaron Neilson, director of dining services for the Cal Poly Foundation, said over a lunch of pizza and — of course — beer at the school’s new Innovation Brew Works.

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 14, 2015, file photo, Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, presents a bill dealing with powdered alcohol during a house regulatory affairs committee meeting, in Tallahassee, Fla. The creator of powdered alcohol, Mark Phillips, is trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

“We’re all trying to get our laws in place before it hits the shelves, and he wants to get it on the shelves as quickly as possible to demonstrate that it’s not a problem,” said Maine Rep. Mick Devin, a Democrat who introduced a bill to ban powdered alcohol after Palcohol’s labels gained approval from the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last month.

This March 9, 2015 shows bottles of rye whisky in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

“Bourbon is doing extremely well, but rye is just a new vein for the whiskey drinker.” He traces the trend to the interest in recreating pre-Prohibition era cocktails, many of which are rye-based. “Quite honestly, the quality of rye has improved a lot over the years, so it’s a lot of fun for the mixology world to play with quality whiskey,” he says.

This image provided by Rizzoli on March 24, 2015 shows the cover for the book "Wine in Words" by Lettie Teague. (AP Photo/Rizzoli)

Wine writer Lettie Teague — known for her blunt, chatty style that demystifies the cult of the grape without diluting its allure — has once again taken issue with highfalutin attitudes about the wine world. In her new book, “Wine in Words,” the Wall Street Journal wine columnist offers beginners a primer on the basics of acidity and structure, and gives wine snobs a piece of her mind.

The product, named Palcohol, is a powder in a small pouch to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum. It’s also produced in two cocktail varieties: Powderita and Cosmopolitan.

This March 23, 2015 photo shows mixed cocktails, from left, an old fashioned, a vodka gimlet, a Bull Shot, a dry martini and a bloody mary. "The culture of the cocktail really exploded in the '60s," says Maureen Petrosky, author of "The Cocktail Club." Suddenly there were cocktail dresses, new glassware, bar couture, Tiki drinks. The cocktail hour had its own wardrobe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

“Cocktails were struggling because they were kind of for the square, old-establishment types, they weren’t for the new generation,” says Wondrich, drinks columnist for Esquire magazine. Old-school bartenders were retiring and “getting replaced by young wannabe novelists and actors and not people who were going into it for a profession.”

File - In this May 20, 2009 file photo a glass of white wine is swirled during a tasting in Oakville, Calif. More than two dozen California vintners are facing a lawsuit claiming their wines contain dangerously high levels of arsenic. The industry group Wine Institute dismissed the allegations as "false and misleading." (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

“We believe this allegation is false and misleading and that all wines being sold in the U.S. marketplace are safe,” the institute, which represents more than 1,000 California vintners and related businesses, said in a statement.

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a waitress pours a glass of beer at a restaurant located in Cvikov Brewery in Cvikov, Czech Republic. After shutting down in droves during the decades of Communist rule, the Czech Republic’s small brewers are staging a comeback. Dilapidated beer making facilities dotted across this patch of Central Europe, which is better known for a clutch of global brands like Pilsner Urquell, are being reopened to revive local brewing traditions that date back to the 10th century. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

“This is a sign of the time,” said Jan Suran, who heads the country’s association of small brewers. He said part of the success is that “they can offer wide varieties of beer.” And along the way, “historical, industrial buildings have been renovated in a beautiful fashion.”

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