For brewing beer large amounts of water are needed, so using rain water is a win-win situation according to initiator Joris Hoebe. With his rain water beer he hopes to draw attention to climate change and make people aware about what they can do themselves to make the city rainproof.
Brewing beer from rain water requires the same proces as brewing it with normal tap water, but the taste is slightly different. “Rain-based beers are a bit more soft and taste a slightly more bitter, making it more intense”, according to Thomas Gesink of De Prael brewery in Amsterdam. Besides brewing beer, Hemelswater also offers a special gin tonic made from rain. In the future the company plans to experiment with different rain water products, such as ice cream and soup.