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Oregon to brew beer from sewage water

Craft breweries pride themselves on using local ingredients to brew their beers, but a new project in Oregon has taken the concept to a whole new level.

Treated water is the purest on the planet official says

It takes ultra clean water to brew good beer. The City of Oregon has enticed brewers into a contest using its treated sewage water in order to help advertise its purity. (Getty Images/Hero Images)

Craft breweries pride themselves on using local ingredients to brew their beers, but a new project in Oregon has taken the concept to a whole new level. The state is running a competition to see who can make the best beer from treated sewage water.

"If you really want to talk about water, I think you need to brew beer," Mark Jockers, the Public Affairs Manager for Oregon's Clean Water Services told All Points West's Robyn Burns.

Jockers says his organization has partnered with the Oregon Brew Crew to promote awareness about utilizing treated sewage water for consumption.

Despite the obvious hesitation to drink water that was once sewage, he says the end product that comes out of the purification process could not cleaner.

"You end up with this water that is ultra clean, probably the cleanest water on the planet. I have tasted it. It's kind of blank."

The purification system is among the cleanest on the planet, says organizer (Clean Water Services)

Jockers says it's precisely that blank taste that has piqued the interest from breweries who will have the opportunity to use water without any minerals.

Jockers says he expected the contest to raise some eyebrows, but he wants people to understand the need to recycle used water.

"There's lots of funny jokes you can make about poo brew, but more importantly there are few professions out there that care more about the quality of water than brewers. It's really making people rethink how we use water, both on a national and global scale. "

The competition will take place in early June with 20 different breweries competing.

To hear more, click the audio labelled: Oregon to use waste water to brew beer.

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