Singapore Brewery Makes Beer From Recycled Water
Apr 14, 2022

Singapore-based craft beer brewery Brewerkz Brewing has created what it calls a “uniquely Singapore beer with premium ingredients” called Newbrew which is made from recycled water and will go on sale in a limited edition later in April.

The beer, described as “tropical blonde ale with a special taste profile, clean, ultra-crisp finish and a smooth, toasted honey-like aftertaste,” uses high-quality recycled water from Singapore’s national water agency.

According to the agency, it is using reclaimed water from municipal and industrial sources to produce clean and safe potable water treated with the latest proven membrane technology and purified through microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection. The result it calls “Newater.”

Ultra-clean water from purification

Newater was introduced by Singapore’s water agency in 2002 and is used mainly by industries requiring ultra-clean water and serves also to top up Singapore’s reservoirs. Recycling used water is one of the city state’s ways of securing its water security, on top of other measures such as desalinating sea water, importing water and collecting rainwater.

The limited-edition Newbrew made from Newater will be sold at supermarkets, on online platforms and in Brewerkz’s restaurants and e-store. The beer will be sold in packs of three cans at S$4.50 ($3.30) per can, the company said in a statement on April 8.

German barley malts and Norwegian yeast

Apart from the recycled water, the beer is made of ingredients including German barley malts, citra and calypso hops, as well as kveik, a Norwegian farm-house yeast.

Newbrew is not the first beer to be brewed using recycled water. As such green, sustainable beer has grown in popularity, breweries in countries including Germany, Canada and the US in partnership with water utilities have created their own versions.

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