Don’t pooh-pooh this important topic just because it makes you a bit uncomfortable
Stoup Brewing is not afraid of science. That’s why the brewery is happy to welcome Bryn Nelson Phd, an award-winning science journalist, for a book signing event. Nelson recently published a book called FLUSH: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure. The author visits Stoup Brewing on Wednesday, October 5th at 6;00 P.M.
What is the “unlikely treasure” discussed in Bryn Nelson’s book? Well, it’s recycled water. Processed and reused wastewater. Do not dismiss this topic. If it makes you giggle or shake your head, consider your response a gateway to a valuable conversation about the real science involved.
“Essentially, the future is sh*t: the literal kind,” said Stoup Brewing’s announcement about the event. “And Flush is both an urgent exploration of the world’s single most squandered natural resource, and a cri de coeur (or cri de colon?) for the vast, hidden value in our waste. Nelson will share that while the science of [poop] is definitely a quirky and colorful topic, he’s found it to be a gently humorous and accessible entry point in to having more serious discussions about improving food security, fighting global warming, creating more sustainable water resources, restoring degraded environments, producing more renewable energy, and expanding our repertoire of potent medicines and disease surveillance mechanisms.”
Brewing with recycled water is not exactly a new topic. It’s one that has been studied and explored in recent years. NEWBrew, a product brewed in Singapore, uses recycled sewage. A Swedish company, Nya Carnegie Brewery, collaborated with beer giant Carlsberg and an environmental research institute to create a pilsner made with purified toilet water. Closer to home, Oregon Brew Crew has dabbled with the concept of toilet-to-tap beer.
“As part of water reuse demonstrations, in states like Oregon, California, and Arizona, utilities have been teaming up with brewers to show the public how recycling water back to its pure state can provide a blank template for brewers to add back whatever minerals they desire to create a full range of delicious beers.”
Stoup Brewing isn’t afraid of science, but has yet to brew a beer with recyled water. “At festivals and contests, this beer made with recycled water has then become the very well-accepted gateway for discussions about the importance of conserving water resources. This isn’t happening in Washington state yet so we unfortunately couldn’t make a beer to accompany the event but we’re excited to learn more and will of course have beer on hand.”
You can preorder the book using this link and Elliott Bay Books will bring the book to the event for pick up and will donate 20 percent of all event book proceeds to Washington Wild. All details are available on the Facebook event page.
For more beer-related events around Washington, check out the Washington Beer Blog’s events page.