In October, some of New England’s leading breweries started to compete to see who can make a better beer from the questionable water of Boston’s Charles River. Six local breweries have signed up for the first “Brew the Charles” challenge. The challenge is a highlight of HUBweek, a weeklong festival celebrating innovation in science, technology, and art.
Charles River, known as a “Dirty Water,” a song written by rock band the Standells, goes through 23 Massachusetts communities. In the most recent annual report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the Charles River a B+ for meeting all water quality standards.
A Massachusetts water treatment company, Desalitech is sponsoring the competition. The company pulled approximately 4,000 gallons of water from the Charles River and treated it in one of their reverse osmosis systems. The water will be used for brewing beer at Boston Beer Co., Castle Island Brewing Co., Idle Hands Craft Ales, Cape Ann Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewer and Ipswich Ale Brewery.
Alexandra Ash from the Charles River Watershed Association applauded the competition but also stressed that it’s not safe to swim in the river and drink untreated water from the Charles River. A portion of the earnings from “Brew the Charles” contest will go to building a safe swimming facility in the river.
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