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Water, Water – Not Quite Everywhere…?? by Ginger Johnson

Photo:  Ginger Johnson

Photo: Ginger Johnson

When you consider the lovely beverages in your glass, no matter what they are, do you also contemplate how they got there? What was involved in making them? What kinds of resources were used in their creation?

As I head into a weekend involving being part of another great beer fest in the Pac NW, this time in Roseburg, OR that’s a benefit for a watershed, I’m reminded how precious and important water is. Yes, it’s critical for beer. And that only serves to remind me that I need to be more cognizant and careful everyday with this limited resource.

Photo:  Ginger Johnson

Photo: Ginger Johnson

The Umpqua Brew Fest was created by the conservation body that the fest supports: Umpqua Watershed LLC. There’s gotta be other fest around the country that are aware and actively and monetarily supporting our fresh water supplies.  In the interest of full disclosure, it’s also a fest I have the pleasure and honor of being an advisor on: to offer up suggestions, be involved in the discourse to improve operations for success of all guests, vendors and suppliers, and be part of the conversation. The group of people that organize the fest, like many fests nationwide, give selflessly of their time, talents, and energies to make great things happen – often on a shoe string!

Why am I covering this today? Because it’s supremely essential we take better care of the planet going forward than we have in the past. Collectively we can all make a positive impact so let’s start with water.

Photo:  Ginger Johnson

Photo: Ginger Johnson

Most brewers are keenly aware of waters import and use in the brewing and packaging process. The industry average has been driven down and dropped dramatically from the “old days” of 10 gallons of water used for every gallon of beer produced. The estimate today is between 3.5 to 5 gallons of water used for each gallon of beer. Cleaning, washing, sanitizing, in the beer itself, and in so many ways brewers use water absolutely and in large quantities.

We can do our part as consumers to be conscious of water use in beer, in wine, and in spirits. We’re a greedy energy-using country and we need to drastically change our patterns. Don’t be a drip. Pay attention to your water use, reduce it one habit at a time and we’ll all pull together for this incredible life force that we all need.

Till the next glass –

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Photo:  Ginger Johnson

Photo: Ginger Johnson

Try This: Catch the tap water you run to get hot or cold in a pitcher located close by the sink, whether you’re running the tap for hot or cold. This water will serve well in the fridge for cold drinks, on the counter for cooking, and to water vegetables and plants. Save it, use it, and we’ll all have more to work with.

Go Here: The Umpqua Brew Fest is a fun fest in Douglas County this Saturday from 1 – 9 pm, easy to get to, and will have 24 breweries providing 43 delicious beer choices – including several home brewed beers to sample + a few wines as well. With fall colors in full blush, it’s also a great reason to support your local brewer, the watershed organization, get some friends together AND see some lovely country. It’s an affordable town with plenty to offer. See you there!

Why am I covering this today? Because it’s supremely essential we take better care of the planet going forward than we have in the past. Collectively we can all make a positive impact so let’s start with water.

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at WomenEnjoyingBeer.com or Ginger@WomenEnjoyingBeer.com

 

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