If you are fan of New Belgium Brewery and their popular Fat Tire brew, you may have a difficult time procuring your favorite beverage. The Fort Collins, Colo. Brewery is another victim of the devastating High Park Fire that destroyed 250 homes and killed one person in June.
The brewery has been forced to use a reserve water supply out of nearby Larimer County because run off from the fire has contaminated the Poudre River where they usually obtain their water for brewing. But, according to brewery officials, they have been told that they may have to return to using water from the Poudre soon. If that happens, the brewery complained, it will kill the flavor of the beer and render it undrinkable.
The brewery is working with Fort Collins officials to try to continue using the reserve water, but is unsure how long that will last.
Jenn Vervier of New Belgium said, “The health of the watershed equals the quality of our beer.” According to the company, chemists have identified six substances in the water from the Poudre River that could detrimentally affect beer.
- Fat Tire brewery says river water tainted by wildfire (rapidcityjournal.com)
- New Belgium using reserve water after fire (gazette.com)
- Wildfire ash in river could befoul Colorado beer (cnsnews.com)