Singapore has taken beer-brewing innovation to the next level with the emergence of ‘Newbrew.’ While it may appear and taste like regular beer, there is an unusual twist to it. The brewery’s one-of-a-kind craft beer is made with ‘Newater,’ Singapore’s brand of clean, high-quality recycled sewage and urine water. About 95% of Newbrew is made of Newater, which not only meets international standards for safe drinking water but is also clean enough to be used in beer brewing.
The sewage-recycled beer has a smooth toasted honey-like aftertaste and is made with the finest ingredients, including premium German barley malts, aromatic Citra and Calypso hops, and kveik, a highly sought-after strain of farm-house fermentation from Norway.
According to The Straits Times, national water agency PUB and local craft beer brewery ‘Brewerkz’ launched Newbrew on April 8 in tandem with a water conference at Singapore International Water Week (SIWW).
The Newater does not contaminate the malt, hop, and yeast strain flavours that the brewer carefully controls in the production of craft beer.
According to Mr Ryan Yuen, general manager of SIWW, the Newbrew is possibly Singapore’s “greenest beer,” with the goal of raising awareness about water recycling and reuse.
By launching this drink to raise awareness about Singapore’s water scarcity, the country’s water agency has figured out a way to combat the inevitable water crisis.
Newbrew did not pioneer the use of recycled water in beer brewing. In 2017, the craft beer company ‘Stone Brewing’ released the ‘Stone Full Circle Pale Ale.’ Other breweries, including ‘Crust Group’ and ‘Super Loco Group,’ had also released their own version of a craft beer made with clean sewage recycled water.