The Brewshed® Connection from source to pint explains the science behind how the quality of a protected water source impacts the quality of the final downstream beer.
- Intact forested ecosystems provide a natural filter that creates and maintains high quality water, at the headwaters and as that water flows downstream. Preserving elements like trees and mature vegetation along a river bank prevents erosion, sedimentation and other issues that affect water quality.
- As the river weaves its way through the landscape it absorbs natural minerals which add to the taste, body and head of the beer. As a result different geographic areas have distinct water compositions leading to unique regional flavors of beer.
- During its journey water also collects pollutants produced by human activities, such as chemical, industrial and agricultural runoff. These contaminants must be removed or treated by the brewer or the city to make the water safe for consumption.
- If treated by the city contaminated water requires increased amounts of disinfectants, which are very difficult for brewers to remove. Even in small amounts disinfectants can negatively impact the flavor of the final beer.
- Protecting the rivers that subsequently flow into the final glass of beer ultimately protects the beer quality and integrity. By protecting the source, we protect the final pint, because protected water makes superior beer.