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This Brewery In Costa Rica Adds More Water To The Environment Than It Consumes

By Brian Spaen

Every refreshing beer takes an incredible amount of water to create, and it’s a problem that some major breweries are taking steps to decrease. Some have even gone the route of creating “water-positive” beer, which is the process of adding more water to the environment than it takes out. The first example of this is in Costa Rica where Imperial lager beer is brewed, and luckily for us, it’s now coming to the United States.

Anywhere from 8 to 24 gallons of water are used in the process of making a 16-ounce beer. That involves the farming needed for the ingredients, cleaning of the manufacturing process, and beer itself, which is made up of 90 percent water. Considering the amount of water needed to create each beverage, it would seem pretty difficult to end up being “water-positive.”

Florida Ice and Farm Company -- which despite the name is based in Heredia, Costa Rica -- was able to accomplish that feat with the brewing process of Imperial. They were officially certified back in March. Gisela Sanchez, the Director of Corporate Relations for the beverage company, told The Costa Rica Star that Imperial was able to significantly reduce their water consumption with technological upgrades and increased conservation.