Dutch entrepreneurs are making beer from rainwater

Hemelswater Code Blond // Photo via Hemelswater's Facebook page

Hemelswater Code Blond // Photo via Hemelswater’s Facebook page

Rainy days may be the perfect opportunity to blow through a season or two on Netflix. But for a group of Dutch entrepreneurs, rainy days are perfect for another reason—brewing beer.

The founders of Hemelswater (Dutch for heaven’s water) recently released a beer made from rainwater collected in Amsterdam. According to a report in The Guardian, Hemelswater Code Blond is a 5.7% ABV bitter blond ale made from rainwater passed through a special bacterial filtration system and boiled.

The beer was inspired by the work of Amsterdam Rainproof, an organization whose mission is to curb flooding in the city by increasing “sponge capacity.” Hemelswater’s founders thought they could help the cause by capturing rainwater and using it in the water-intensive beer making process.

Hemelswater's tank arrives at Brouwerij de Prael // Photo via Hemelswater's Facebook page

Hemelswater’s tank arrives at Brouwerij de Prael // Photo via Hemelswater’s Facebook page

After collecting 1,000 liters in two tanks set up at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Hemelswater team brought the rainwater to Brouwerij de Prael, which brewed the beer. The team hopes to scale up next year to set up hundreds of the rain catching tanks around the city to brew more beer.

[H/T The Guardian]


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