STORY LINK / USA (June, 2019) — On average, it takes 7 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of beer. That number can easily climb to 10 gallons at less efficient breweries. Add in the rest of the supply chain, such as barley and hop growing, and that number increases to anywhere between 11 and 40 gallons of water per gallon of beer.
It’s a staggering amount, particularly when drought, natural disasters, and lack of access to clean water are affecting many communities. The good news is, breweries large and small are making concerted efforts to improve water usage processes.
From Anheuser-Busch to Arizona Wilderness, breweries are finding ways to reduce and reuse water used for beer production, and improve wastewater quality. Many are partnering with nonprofit environmental organizations to help clean and protect local coastlines, rivers, and urban waterways.
Here are a dozen breweries working to combat water waste across the U.S., from barley field to brewhouse.