Stone Brewing in San Diego, California unveiled its newest brew this month: beer made from recycled wastewater.
The brewery called the beverage “Full Circle Pale Ale,” inspired by the historic drought in California last year that put a strain on the state’s water sources.
Stone Brewing collaborated with San Diego’s Pure Water Project, a multi-year programme that aims to provide 30m gallons of the city’s water supply by 2021 using recycled water. The city is planning to invest $3bn (£2.4bn) into the project.
Pure Water held a competition pitting 15 different local craft beers against each other, all made from recycled water. Full Circle was one of the contestants and although its five barrels were gone within 20 minutes, it did not take home first prize.
So Juicy, an IPRA created by Dan Baker won the contest, but Full Circle was commended for its “clean” flavour and notes of caramel and tropical fruit by the beer’s brewer Steve Gonzalez.
Stone Brewer’s chief operating officer, Pat Tiernan, said the recycled water, which was purified at Pure Water’s demonstration plant, is better than the water the brewery usually uses.
“This particular water will just help us not require so much natural water to come in and give us a more reliable source,” he said. “So for us to be able to reuse, that’s part of our mantra, that’s part of what we do.”
In 2015, other brewers in Oregon and Milwaukee tried their hand at crafting wastewater beer with similar success.
Full Circle was rolled out on a one time only basis for the Pure Water contest, so unfortunately it may be difficult to get your hands on now.
In line with its sustainability mission, the brewery’s headquarters in Escondido, California has its own water reclamation system and the building also uses 20 per cent solar energy.
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