Sewage brew: New beer causing some to think twice

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) – Oregon is known for specialty beers, but one new brew is causing some people to think twice before taking a sip.

Jeremie Landers has been home-brewing beer for nearly a decade and has even converted his garage into a tap-room.

“I love the experimentation process,” he said.

This summer, Landers will be one of more than a dozen home brewers taking part in a unique experiment.

Instead of using tap water to make beer, the brewers will be using what was once sewer water.

Washington County’s Clean Water Services has a special purification system that makes sewage water even cleaner than typical drinking water.

“The water that comes from the high purity water system is the cleanest water on the planet,” Mark Jockers, with Washington County’s Clean Water Services, said.

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