Singapore has taken brewing innovations to the next level with the introduction of ‘Newbrew’. While it may look or taste like regular beer, it has an offbeat twist. The brewery’s unique craft beer is brewed with ‘Newater’, Singapore’s brand of clean, high-quality water recycled from sewage and urine.
About 95 percent of Newbrew is made from Newater, which not only meets international standards for safe drinking water, but is also tested to be clean enough to use in brewing.
With a smooth honey-roasted aftertaste, the recycled wastewater beer is brewed with the finest ingredients, including premium German barley malts, aromatic Citra and Calypso hops, as well as kveik, a highly sought-after strain of house yeast from Norway.
According to The Straits Times, Newbrew was launched on April 8 by the national water agency PUB and local craft brewer ‘Brewerkz’, in conjunction with a water conference at Singapore International Water Week (SIWW).
The Newater does not contaminate the malt flavors, hops and yeast strains that are carefully controlled by the brewer in craft beer production.
Intended to promote awareness of recycling and reusing water, Newbrew is arguably the “greenest beer” in Singapore, according to Ryan Yuen, CEO of SIWW.
The country’s water agency has found a way to address the inevitable water crisis by launching this drink to raise awareness of Singapore’s water scarcity.
Newbrew was not the first to introduce brewing with recycled water. Craft beer company ‘Stone Brewing’ released the ‘Stone Full Circle Pale Ale’ in 2017. Other breweries such as ‘Crust Group’ and ‘Super Loco Group’ have also released their own version of a craft beer that uses recycled sewage water clean. .
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