The Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge, a yearlong recycling-themed competition, ended recently at Phoenix’s 32nd annual WateReuse Symposium, where officials declared Dragoon Brewing Co.'s Clear Water Pilsner as the winning entry.
Thanks to a $302,500 grant from the “New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge,” a Pima County team began the initiative in 2016 with the goal of raising the public’s trust of recycled water, according to a press release. Subsequently, 26 Arizona craft brewers participated in the challenge to see which one could create the best-tasting beer from purified, recycled wastewater.
Certified beer judges and guest judges ranked all entries. Along with honors for Dragoon’s winning product, kudos was also extended to Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.'s Pure Water Double IPA as runnerup, while Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.'s Tamarind Sour Brown qualified as fan favorite.
“We couldn't be happier having partnered with the dedicated craft brewers across the state who are just as passionate about water as we are,” Channah Rock, Arizona Pure Water team member, said in a press release. “Their participation in the project is the reason that we are successful today in our efforts to educate the public on the value of water recycling and purification.”