They are taking recycled water from their local wastewater treatment plant and are turning it into beer. This initiative is part of the Next Round Brewing Project, which aims to show people that water is a valuable resource that can have many uses, no matter what it’s form or origins, so long as we take care of it.
Included in the project are the Metropolitan Sewer District, Isopure, Akasha Brewing Company, Apocalypse Brew Works, Gordon Biersch, and Holsoppie Brewing. Robert Bates, the Project Developer, says that “for brewing especially, we like to say you should always judge water by its quality and not by its history.”
Well, the quality of this water is pretty pure. It comes directly from the wastewater plant that dumps into Floyd’s Fork, a tributary in the area. Thanks to the collaboration between the Metropolitan Sewer District and water purification company Isopure, they were able to bring in the additional equipment needed to treat the water to safe drinking levels. From there, it was handed off to brewers.
One thing breweries are known for is their experimentation. From local craft beers to new flavors and varying levels of ingredients, breweries have a knack for playing around, proving there is no one method to the perfect beer.
Nicholas Lander, a brewer for Gordon Biersch, created his own masterpiece, dubbed ‘Kitchen Sink.’ He says that “I basically just took what I had lying around, some nice fine, tasty malts…but being that it is reclaimed water, I think ‘Kitchen Sink’ beer was a very apt name.”
Let us know in the comments: would you drink beer with water sourced from a wastewater treatment plant?