Mavericks Brewing Makes Beer with Recycled Water

Mavericks Brewing, an independent craft brewery in Northern California devoted to creating innovative American craft beer in cans, in collaboration with Meeting of the Minds, a conference dedicated to the future of urban sustainability, is sponsoring a tasting event after unveiling a prototype of their specially brewed Tunnel Vision beer made from high purity recycled water. The new version is created using the same recipe as their best-selling Mavericks Tunnel Vision IPA but using recycled water sourced from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Meeting of the Minds will host the following panel of leaders from government, the food industry, and the water industry, who will participate in a blind tasting of the original Tunnel Vision IPA vs. the recycled water version after a brief introduction by Lenny Mendonca, co-owner and co-founder, Mavericks Brewing and Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. The goal is to determine how the beer made with recycled water compares with the original Tunnel Vision IPA. The tasting panelists are:

  • Mayor Tom Butt, City of Richmond, California
  • Jen Biesty, Chef/Owner, Shakewell, Oakland
  • Peter Fimrite, Environmental Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Hugo von Meijenfeldt, Consul General, Dutch Consulate
  • Ed McCormick, President, Water Environment Federation

In 2014, Lenny and Christine Mendonca founded Mavericks Brewing as a sister company to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, which was founded in 2000. In keeping with their proactive environmental philosophy, the pair welcomed the opportunity to raise public awareness of high purity recycled water as a safe, essential aspect of a sustainable water future by creating the first beer in California made from recycled graywater at Mavericks.

“California is in a massive drought and we need creative solutions to address it,” said Lenny Mendonca. “One viable solution is the more expansive use of recycled water. Beer has a long history, dating back to Medieval times, of helping to purify water. At Mavericks Brewing, we wanted to rekindle that tradition and show that water can be recycled and used for drinking – even in the highest quality craft beer.”

“Mavericks Brewery epitomizes the commitment to sustainability that we need in California in order to innovate our way out of the water and drought crisis,” said Jessie F. Hahn, executive director, Meeting of the Minds. “Together, we must come up with new solutions that use recycled water on a larger scale. Mavericks is the first to do this in the beer and food industry and Meeting of the Minds is proud to be their partner.”

Media are invited to sample both beers at the Meeting of the Minds Closing Reception on October 22nd from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Craneway Pavilion.

While the beer made with recycled water will not be available for sale due to current greywater restrictions, complimentary tastes of the recycled water Tunnel Vision IPA will be available for the general public (21 and over) at the Coastside Brewfest at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay, on Saturday, October 24, from 1-5 p.m.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
5 p.m. PST

Meeting of the Minds 2015 Conference
The Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbor Way South
Richmond, CA 94804

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