Plus, breweries are proud of where their water comes from, name-dropping rivers and glaciers. Just think of Olympia Brewing Company’s slogan, “It’s the Water” and their use of artesian well water. But what about brewing with water that seems a little less...desirable?
From a hiker’s perspective, the fear of losing natural spaces in the name of conservation seems backwards in some ways. Luckily though, it appears that a large part of the Janicki proposal guarantees the protection of the recreational area, as well as the area's spot on the National Registry of Historic Places. Not to mention, the campus would create around 1,000 family wage paying jobs within five years and increase Washington state’s green energy industry. Sounds good to me!
I might apply that exact sentiment to Rogue’s recent Beard Beer--brewed using yeast collected from master brewer John Maier’s beard. My initial reaction is: gross. But after thinking about it, the idea is ingenious. In fact, there is a market out there for “weird beers”--rocky mountain oysters, beard yeast, bacon maple bars and all. Mark Jockers may have tapped into that idea when he said, "What we're really trying to do here is start a conversation about the nature of water, and there's no better way to start a conversation than over a beer."
Readers, what are your thoughts? Are you a big fan of weird beers? Would you go out of your way to drink a beer made from reclaimed sewer water? Or is the ick factor just too high?
Pint of the Week:
AleSmith’s My Bloody Valentine
American Amber/ Red
ABV: 6.66% (how cheeky)
“Pair this beer with jilted lovers, reservations for one, or your favorite Emo album.”
Well then! This beer poured a deep dark brown, but shone crimson when held up to the light. A full bodied Amber, with a distinct floral hop. There were notes of bitter-dark chocolate, and a finish that leaves an all-over warm mouthfeel.
- Problems Too Disgusting to Solve- The New Yorker, article by Maria Konnikova
- Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It? - NPR, article by Cassandra Profita
- Northern State Proposed Use Press Release
- This Ingenious Machine Turns Feces Into Drinking Water- Gates Notes, by Bill Gates