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It's not a bar fight, exactly, but it is a beer fight.  Or competition, let's say. 

Microbreweries are finding some difficulty in getting people to buy their beers in stores, so they're focusing attention on direct sales: people come into the taproom or brewery and buy beer there. 

Which limits the choices in stores and in bars that serve many different beer brands. 

Larry Chase of Standing Stone Brewing Co. in Ashland also sits on the board of the Brewers Association in Oregon. 

Michael Joyce/JPR

Last month the number of breweries in the United States passed the 4,000 mark for the first time since the 1870s. On average, nearly two breweries open every day in this country, and by year’s end we’ll probably have more breweries than ever before. If you guess this growth is driven by so-called ‘craft’ or microbrews you’d be right.  But can you guess which style of beer is driving the microbrew industry?  JPR’s Michael Joyce found the answer, along with a local twist he didn’t expect.