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Local brewery wins statewide competition to make best tasting beer with recycled wastewater

Posted: 10:50 PM, Sep 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-15 05:36:18Z
Local brewery uses recycled wastewater in beer
Local brewery uses recycled wastewater in beer

A local brewery won the Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge by making the best tasting beer using recycled wastewater.

Nearly 30 craft breweries competed in the state and Dragoon Brewery near Grant and Silverbell won with its Clear Water Pilsner. 

"At first it sounded strange and then talking with him about it, in a lot of places its what people have to do," said Eric Greene, the head brewer at Dragoon's.

Greene explained he was shocked when Pima County officials delivered the wastewater after it completed a five step purification process in a truck.

The process removes all contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, viruses, bacteria, and organic compounds leaving it up to federal and state safe drinking water standards.

"It tastes perfect," he said. "There is nothing in this water."

Pima County Wastewater Reclamation Department officials say they made significant improvements to their wastewater technology. 

"As technology advances so far you can treat water to a tremendously high-level cleaner than drinking water standards and water in the air in the southwest like here in southern Arizona or Tucson community is super important for the long term viability of our community," said Jackson Jenkins, the department's director. 

Dragoon's will launch its winning beer this Saturday at its brewery starting at noon.