by Hannah LaClaire, Times Record Staff
Times Record news story
FREEPORT — Maine Beer Company has a sign in its new tasting room promising to “Do what’s right,” by its employees, customers and the environment.
Wednesday, the brewery took this promise one step further by joining 12 other Maine breweries and the Natural Resources Council of Maine in the Maine Brewshed® Alliance, a new initiative aimed at protecting Maine’s clean water.
Maine has some of the cleanest water in the country, flowing through more than 6,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams and 5,000 miles of coastlines. Water from the Sebago Lake Watershed, which provides water to one in six Mainers, only needs to be filtered once. This one-and-done kind of filtration allows breweries, which rely heavily on water as the main ingredient in beer, to keep their prices down, according to Jason Perkins, brewmaster for Allagash Brewing Company in Portland.
“We need to protect (this resource) so we can keep drinking and brewing the finest beer that Maine has to offer,” he said.
Clean water though, is not always a guarantee…