Drought Impacts Beer Industry
(WLOS News 13) Some local breweries are counting their blessings after some beer makers in the western U.S. struggle from drought. Many breweries out west that had used river and stream water now have to use ground water with a higher mineral content. That content is said to negatively alter the taste of the beer. Joey Justice, head brewer at Highland Brewing Company says 85 percent of beer is water, so it’s no surprise a large supply of good quality water has helped Western North Carolina’s beer industry thrive. Justice says working with conservation groups like the Southern Applachian Highlands Conservancy to protect watersheds is key to protecting the local beer industry.
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