Les Stewart: Good beer due to clean water

June 22, 2013 

Clean water essential to good beer

We write as local breweries that value and depend on clean water to brew beer. We also write as members of one of the fastest-growing industries in the Triangle and in North Carolina.

One reason why our craft beer economy has grown so rapidly over the past few years is due to the outstanding water resources our state has to offer. These are thanks in large part to sound protections currently in place and continued efforts to maintain high water quality.

The No. 1 ingredient in beer is, of course, water. Taste, odor, and even clarity are related to water chemistry and quality. They are key to ensure that we can make the finest beer possible.

However, we may have to start worrying even more about the quality of water coming from one of these sources.The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill, Senate Bill 515, repealing state rules that will protect and restore water quality in Jordan Lake. These protections were crafted through years of studies and stakeholder meetings, and were enacted into law with bipartisan support in 2009.

But, Senate Bill 515 will end these water quality protections before they even get the chance to work.

Like our beer, we take our water resources seriously. We wish our legislators would do the same and vote against Senate Bill 515.

Les Stewart

Trophy Brewing Company

Raleigh

This letter was signed by 15 more Triangle brewing companies.

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