Something in the Water
With droughts and water shortages in California and all around the world, it is becoming increasingly important for us to find ways to reuse and recycle water. And one wastewater treatment company in Portland, Oregon has an idea of how to increase awareness of water-filtration issues: ask craft beer makers to use treated sewer water in their brews.
Enter the upcoming Pure Water Brew Challenge.
Clean Water Services, a company that runs four water treatment plants in Portland, will release more than 300 gallons of purified sewer water to home brewers in early June, who will then create craft beers using it as their base. Kegs of the winning brews will then be taken to and showcased at an international water conference in Chicago.
It’s a great idea, of course, but I have one piece of advice for anyone who attends the conference: you may want to steer clear of the Brown Ale!