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Beer Brewers Test A Taboo, Recyling Water After It Was Used In Homes

When a brewery made a beer made from recycled water, at least one headline asked, "Would You Drink It?" After trying it, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer declared the Full Circle Pale Ale "fantastic."
Stone Brewing's Full Circle Pale Ale — not seen in this photo — was made with water from an advanced filtration system that recycles and purifies San Diego's wastewater. This image was taken at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. Source: Mark Boster

There are beers that can make headlines simply by existing, especially if they use unique ingredients. That's the case with Stone Brewing's Full Circle Pale Ale, whose key component — water — came from an advanced filtration system that recycles and purifies San Diego wastewater that had previously been used in taps, toilets and showers.

The beer is like many other modern pale ales, Stone says, with a rich caramel body underpinning the hops' floral, fruity notes. It was brewed to be "refreshingly clean," the brewer says, and was declared

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