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Radio Iowa: Iowa beer makers join water quality pitch at the Capitol

A “beer summit” was staged at the statehouse today to make the case that Iowa needs to raise more money for water quality initiatives.

“Every beer that we do has 90 to 93 percent water in its base. Water is in the name of a lot of the beers that we make,” says Ken Broadhead, cofounder of the Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines. “…Everything we do is based around water, so water quality is very important to us.”

Broadhead’s brewery is situated near the intersection or “confluence” of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers. The brewery filters its water, to remove nitrates.

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