With craft brewers producing heartier, healthier, and more robust beers every season, it is easy to forget that beer is still mostly water. During the past few weeks, as I’ve been talking with breweries around the country about their green practices, one topic that continues to come up is the water that is used in the brewing process.
Better water makes better beer. Coors has banked on it in their marketing strategy for years. Olympia has it printed right on their can (It’s the Water). With Colorado becoming a huge market for the craft brewing crowd our rivers are under even more stress - a concern that it as the heart for a lot local breweries.
Recently Craft Beer juggernaut New Belgium has had to work directly with the city of Fort Collins to ensure the recent High Park wildfires wouldn’t affect the quality of the water being put into their beer recipes.
“Every time it’s rained, the river has turned black,” reports Fort Collins Water Manager Lisa Voytko.
The protection of Colorado Rivers and water supplies is one of many environmental causes the CEC looks to bring attention to at Save the Ales.
Hosted by the Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC), Save the Ales will feature over a dozen of Colorado’s finest breweries offering unlimited tastings of your favorite beers - for a good cause - to protect the rivers and environment the beers are sourced from.
Save the Ales will be held on September 18th at Casselman’s (2620 Walnut Street). Tickets can be purchased online through the Colorado Environmental Coalition’s Website for $35.
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