[Source: The Guardian]
Hoebe, a social entrepreneur and student coach, decided to get involved in the project after being inspired by a government spin-off called Amsterdam Rainproof which tries to raise awareness surrounding the heavy rainfalls experienced in June, and to encourage them to take action to increase the city’s sponge capacity, so that rainwater is either used or recycled and does not cause flash-flooding.
Hoebe said that he brewed beer as a hobby, and when he noticed the abundance of rain, knowing that brewing beer takes a lot of water, he decided to repurpose the rainwater by using it to brew the beer. He set up two huge tanks in the grounds of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, together with four students and a researcher from the start up development initiative MediaLAB Amsterdam.
They collected the rainwater, used a special bacterial filtration system also called Hemelswater to filter the beer and it was then handed over to be boiled and made into the brewery’s simplest beer, which will be sold in bottles and on tap.
Hoebe also stated that there is a precedent, “It seems like a disruptive idea, but when we researched it, in the middle ages, [Dutch] breweries set up near churches and cathedrals to catch rainwater runoff from their roofs.”
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