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Grant aims to spur brewers to buy local

September 12, 2011

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Massachusetts beer brewers are getting an $11,000 boost from the federal government. The grant received by the state from the US Department of Agriculture will help beer makers and farmers by increasing the use of local ingredients by craft brewers. State officials will examine demand, coordinate educational sessions, and promote the use of ingredients grown on Massachusetts farms. Scott Soares, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, said the ingredients go well beyond barley and hops, including cranberries, pumpkins, honey, maple syrup, herbs, and even oysters. (AP)