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The Green Life: Beer for a Rainy Day

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October 09, 2009

Beer for a Rainy Day

Green beer is gaining popularity one storm at a time. In the latest eco-friendly rendition of one of the world’s favorite drinks, Atlanta’s 5 Seasons Brewery teamed up with RainHarvest Systems to create a beer made of 100 percent rainwater.

Claiming it as the only microbrew to be made with pure rainwater, it's meant to please anyone interested in reducing their ecological footprint. The brewery saves money, energy, and water by capturing and filtering water onsite rather than using stream water. The “softer” rainwater, the brewers say, creates a “smooth” taste that normal Atlanta tapwater does not produce.

A brewery going greener is good news for avid beer drinkers, who suffered a psychological blow last month when scientists said that climate change was starting to impact the quality of Pilsner hops. It's also an opportunity to spread the word about rainwater-capture systems, especially for water-stricken areas. Now the phrase “Drink responsibly” can have two connotations.

--Michael Mullaley


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