This Saturday, 40 of Oregon's best home brewers will face off in the Oregon Brew Crews (OBC) fourth 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 Clean Water Services’ Tigard wastewater treatment plant.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery
928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97124
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 brewer 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, HDR, Carollo Engineers, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Brown and Caldwell, Imperial Organic Yeast, Crossroads Mobile Canning and Evoqua Water Technologies are sponsoring this year’s competition.
The winning beers will travel to the international Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago where they’ll be featured alongside beers from Arizona Craft Brewers on October 3. WEFTEC is the world’s largest water quality exhibition.
The 40 Pure Water Brew entries will be judged by panel of certified beer judges and guests.
Since launching in Oregon in 2015, the Pure Water Brew concept has spread nationwide. Wastewater utilities in Arizona, Florida and Wisconsin have partnered with brewers to create beer with high purity water.
"Water is part of a constantly renewing cycle, from river to ocean, from wastewater treatment center to beer can," said Andy Duyck, Chairman of Clean Water Services Board of Directors. "There's no better way to showcase the quality, safety and taste of highly purified water than working with one of Oregon's most creative communities, our home brewers."
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.
More information about Pure Water Brew is available at purewaterbrew.org. B-roll of water production and delivery; brewing and canning can be found at bit.ly/purewaterbrew. The bit.ly link also includes photos from the 2016 competition.
About Clean Water Services
Everything we do at Clean Water Services aims to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment. Combining science and nature, we clean water and return it to the Tualatin River, so it can be used again. More than 570,000 customers enjoy clean water and healthy rivers and streams as a result of our innovative water management solutions, drainage management, water-quality and stream-enhancement projects, habitat protection and more.
About Oregon Brew Crew
Headquartered in Portland, the Oregon Brew Crew is one of the oldest and largest home brewing clubs in the United States. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and advancement of home brewing and beer appreciation.
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