California’s Drought May Result in Nasty-Tasting Beer

Stop the insanity.
Stop the insanity. Photo: iStockphoto

The ongoing drought in California is ruining the viability of staple crops like artichokes and celery, not to mention devastating the almond industry, but it’s also looking like conditions will inevitably affect the beer industry: Lagunitas Brewing Company head brewer Jeremy Marshall says that part of what makes his beer so special is clean Russian River water, which is a problem because the drought conditions may force the company to use to mineral-rich groundwater instead. The switch “would be like brewing with Alka-Seltzer,” he tells NPR. [Salt/NPR via Think Progress]