Hillsboro agency: No problem making beer from wastewater


BREWERY ROUNDUP: Clean Water Services uses “reclaimed water” to make beer; Eugene-based Ninkasi expands; Breakside, Hopworks head to Iceland.

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BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Hillsboro-based Clean Water Services wants to prove that drinking beer made out of wastewater is no big deal.

The Guardian reported on the contest the agency is holding to see who can make the best suds out of “reclaimed water.”

From that post:

The water treatment takes from the Forest Grove Treatment Plant that has been treated with a variety of technologies, including reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, and advanced oxidation process (which uses ultraviolet light to clean the water). Gaffi points out that the water exceeds federal drinking water standards, and it’s so pure that most brewers have to add back in salts to mimic water from Belgium or Germany. …

“I learned that we have a sort of ‘amnesia’ about water and think our water is pure when we get it, when in fact most of us live downstream from effluent discharge,” says [last year’s contest winner Ted] Assur. “The history of the water is completely irrelevant – what matters is the quality.”


Ninkasi Brewing expands into Utah

The Eugene-based brewery Ninkasi Brewing Co. has grown into its ninth state, the Register-Guard reports.

The company found a partner in General Distributing Co., of Salt Lake City.

“We are excited to continue to build craft beer culture and community in a state that has a lot of great beer fans, breweries, and of course, all kinds of spectacular recreation,” Ninkasi CEO and co-founder Nikos Ridge said Thursday in a prepared statement.

Ridge and Jamie Floyd founded Ninkasi in 2006 in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood as a tiny production brewery. Since then, it has grown rapidly and is now the 30th largest craft brewery in the United States. Its beers are now sold throughout Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, as well as Alberta and Vancouver, Canada. Ninkasi completed a $24 million expansion last year that increased its brewing capacity by more than 40 percent initially, to 160,000 barrels, with the potential to grow to 250,000 barrels over the next 10 to 15 years.


Icelandic Beer Festival to feature pair of Portland breweries

Breakside and Hopworks are headed to Iceland to represent Oregon in the Icelandic Beer Festival.

From a Portland Business Journal report:

“We think this is a fantastic opportunity to share some of our beers with a new audience, and we are excited to see what is happening in Iceland’s beer scene,” said Ben Edmunds, brewmaster at Breakside Brewery, in a release. “There is no doubt that some of the most innovative and fun beer in the world is coming out of Scandinavia right now, and this is a unique opportunity for us to see it firsthand and learn from our Icelandic counterparts.”

Breakside will bring its IPA — which won the coveted Gold Medal in its category at last year’s Great American Beer Festival — and its Salted Caramel Stout, made with Salt & Straw Ice Cream. Hopworks will bring three its Motherland Russian Imperial Stout, Rise Up IPA and Hopworks IPA.