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Would You Drink Beer Made From Recycled Sewage Water?

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Ever consider the possibility of your dank brew being made from recycled sewage water? Home brewers in Oregon are planning to take “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to uncharted territory.

But don’t be too alarmed—the water isn’t coming from just anywhere and the idea isn’t being taken lightly. Clean Water Services, an Oregon-based water resources firm, prides itself on its advanced treatment process that creates high-quality recycled water. The firm applied to the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to get permission to make its water into beer and serve it. It’s the first time the agency has received a request of this type, and while the green light to brew was given a couple of weeks ago, there are still a couple of stipulations before anyone can actually drink it.


First of all, the beer can’t be sold to consumers. Instead, the Oregon Brew Crew, an association of home brewers, will be able to serve the beer at special tastings. Also, before it’s consumed, the beer will have to pass tests by local health authorities.

Still a little freaked out? The Oregon Health Authority, who also gave the project a green light, notes “the high quality of the treated water, additional microbial reduction in the brewing process and a low health risk overall.”

If you’ve got a hankering to throw back a pint of these super–eco friendly suds, be sure to keep an eye on the Brew Crew’s events page—though with all the pending government approval, it’s bound to be months before the stuff is ready.

To find out more about the waste-water suds, check out Oregon Public Broadcasters.

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