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How do Vermont's breweries manage their wastewater? Brave Little State plunges into the issue

a man wearing a baseball hat adjusts an industrial fermentation tank, with pallets of brewing materials and beer cans in the background
Howard Weiss-Tisman
Vermont Public
Brewing is water intensive. "If we want 10 gallons of beer, it probably takes 15 or 16 gallons to make it," says Stone Corral's Ryan McKeon. "Add another two or three gallons in there for cleaning." This hour, Vermont Edition airs a recent Brave Little State looking at how breweries manage their waste water.

How do Vermont's breweries manage their wastewater? This hour, Vermont Edition airs a recent episode of Brave Little State that looks into that question.

In this episode, Caleb Henderson of Winooski asks: "Breweries and cideries were in the news a few years ago for the wastewater. How are they mitigating their waste now? Has it improved?"

Reporter Howard Weiss-Tisman speaks to beermakers to learn about the byproducts of the brewing process that you definitely don't want to drink. And we hear from state and local water quality regulators and brewers about how they’re addressing wastewater issues.

Also this hour, we'll hear about the Japanese knotweed and how some Vermonters are making a tasty beverage from this invasive plant.

Broadcast on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 at noon.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined Vermont Public in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.