Odds in Vegas brewery's favor with higher-quality water
Chicago Brewing Co. credits recent success to water quality. Photo courtesy of EWS
Chicago Brewing Co. recently won two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
The Las Vegas-based brewery’s general manager and head brewmaster credits part of the success to the high quality of its water.
“Most breweries are stuck with the treated tap water that is delivered from their city,” Kyle Cormier said. “Breweries can boil off the chlorine to eliminate the off taste but all the other VOCs, chlorine by-products, pollutants and contaminates still remain, which would greatly lessen the quality of our product, let alone compromise the integrity of our vessels and brewing equipment.”
Water quality has improved at Chicago Brewing after it teamed with Environmental Water Systems, which recently implemented an exclusive water filtration package for the operation.
The challenge for EWS was to provide high-quality filtered water not just for the brewing process, but also throughout the building for dispensing water for coffee, drinks, beverages and ice, keeping dishes and glasses clean, and protecting pipes and water heaters.
EWS created an application that included filtration at the main water service line, softening for the hot water only and to feed the commercial reverse osmosis system that can supply the brewery with up to 5,000 gallons of water per day. The entire setup took into account the 24/7/365 restaurant and bar and the unique concept of being able to blend water to create an ingredient (beer is 90 percent water) that lends itself to anything the brewmaster tries to achieve.
Before the EWS solution, Chicago Brewing had to boil water that flowed from the tap to get the right consistency of water needed for the brewing process.
The EWS setup no longer requires that step, saving the brewery time, money and improving the product, said Mark Truncale, vice president of sales and marketing for EWS. Chicago Brewing’s brewers handcraft all the beers they serve on draft, so it was imperative the water be free of the off-taste of contaminants.
Chicago Brewing’s EWS water filtration has allowed it to adjust the composition of its water and fine tune the brewing process to get the desired result.
“Our staff drinks the filtered tap water in our building instead of bottled water,” Cormier said. “Dishwashers are running well for the first time in years.”
Companies: Environmental Water Systems