Home Brew Competition to Feature Beer Made with Water from Wastewater Treatment Plant

Portland, OR - September 7, 2016

Last year's winning entryThis Saturday, some of Oregon's best home brewers will face off in the third annual Sustainable Water Challenge/Pure Water Brew competition. The 40 beers in the contest will vary greatly in style, from Pilsners to Saisons, but their primary ingredient will be the same: Highly purified water from a wastewater treatment plant.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
10:30 am

Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub
7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy

The general public and members of the media are invited to attend and observe.

The water in the beer came from Clean Water Services' wastewater treatment plant in Tigard. Before it went into the brew kettle, the water went through an additional high-purity water treatment system that uses many of the same technologies and techniques as premium bottled water companies. The purity of the water exceeds the most stringent drinking water standards.

The winning brewer will be named Best in Show and receive $100. Up to 20 other winning brewers will be selected and receive $50 each. Each brewer also received $20 to help offset the cost of ingredients. The Oregon Brew Crew, Black & Veatch, Carollo Engineers, Imperial Organic Yeast and Evoqua Water Technologies are sponsoring this year's competition and contributing prizes.

The winning beers will travel to the international Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans where they'll be featured alongside beers from Florida and Wisconsin in a tasting on September 27. WEFTEC is the world's largest water quality exhibition.

The Pure Water Brew panel of judges includes:

  • Roy Rogers, Clean Water Services Director and Washington County Commissioner
  • Dr. Colleen Johnson, Oregon Environmental Quality Commissioner, and former Mayor of La Grande
  • Mike Skuja, Executive Director, Tualatin Riverkeepers
  • Brent Stevenson, Oregon Water Resources Congress Board Member

Since launching in Oregon in 2014, the Pure Water Brew concept has spread nationwide. Wastewater utilities in Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona have partnered with brewers to create beer with high purity water. The Oregon Brew Crew/Clean Water Services project has helped jump start a conversation about the nature of water and build awareness that all water is recycled water. It’s time that we judge water by its quality and not its history.

Reusing water is nothing new. All the water we drink today has been consumed in the past and will be consumed again—today's tap water fell from the sky when dinosaurs walked the earth.

Learn more at purewaterbrew.org.



Mark Jockers
Government & Public Affairs Manager
Clean Water Services
503.681.4450 (o)
503.701.4293 (m)

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