Drought forces California breweries to reduce water use

Beer brewer Chuck McLaughlin talks to a client at his Fallbrook Brewing Co. brewery on Sept. 30, 2015, in Fallbrook, Calif. California has more craft breweries than any other state. Their industry faces tough challenges during California's severe drought, as a typical craft brewery uses up to 7 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of beer. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Beer brewer Chuck McLaughlin talks to a client at his Fallbrook Brewing Co. brewery on Sept. 30, 2015, in Fallbrook, Calif. California has more craft breweries than any other state. Their industry faces tough challenges during California’s severe drought, as a typical craft brewery uses up to 7 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of beer. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Facing one of the worst droughts in California state history, towns and cities are imposing strict water measures on more than residents’ front lawns. The new limits are also extending to the state’s breweries.

While larger breweries are investing in more efficient equipment and processes, the state’s smaller brewers don’t have the capital to make similar investments, forcing them to make tough decisions.

“Drought has the potential to move a lot in the industry outside the state or prevent it from growing,” says Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada’s sustainability manager.

Read more at Yahoo News.


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