Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Turn 300 Gallons of Rainwater into Beer with Local Brewery

On the Atlantic coast, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation welcomes rainfall in Virginia as they partner with Pleasure Brewing House in turning rainwater into beer. Together, the two will take 300 gallons of captured potable rainwater and brew a collaboration called Rain Barrel, a Bay Saver’s Beer. How do they plan on capturing 300 gallons of rain?

According to the Virginian-Pilot, a “complex system of filters at the Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach” will be the source of rainwater. For years, the Brock Environmental Center has been capturing rainwater and filtering it into certified drinking water thanks to testing firm MSA P.C. This is the first time they will use their facility to collaborate in making a sustainable beer.

The idea to collaborate came after one of the Brock Environmental Center’s tour guides mentioned a relation to the owner of Virginia Beach’s Pleasure Brewing House. From there, the plan to join forces began. The 300 gallons of recycled rainwater will allow Pleasure Brewing House to brew about 200 gallons of the special edition Bohemian Pilsner.

The collaborated Bohemian Pilsner came just in time for The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration. The free event that took place on September 10th at the Brock Center exclusively featured Rain Barrel.

As the need for sustainable efforts rise, more breweries are going green. Installing solar panels, recycling spent grain, making edible six-pack rings, and recycling water from the heat exchange are a few ways in which they are becoming more sustainable.

Like the CBF/Pleasure Brewing House collaboration, the Texas Hill Country’s Jester King Brewery even hopes to one day develop the ability to capture rainwater for brewing. And in one of the craziest sustainable beer efforts yet, Danish brewery Norrebro Bryghus turned 50,000 liters of urine into a pilsner.

While the Rain Barrel collab may not be as extreme as Norrebro Bryghus, it’s still making an impact. While it’s unclear as to whether the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Pleasure Brewing House will make this beer again, I’m guessing that finding supporters to drink for a good cause won’t take any arm twisting.

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