Boston’s ‘Dirty’ Beer
It was a perfect pairing. Desalitech, a water purification company founded in Israel but headquartered in Boston since 2013, teamed up with Harpoon Brewery, a local maker of popular hand-crafted beers, to transform water from the Charles River into a tasty limited-edition brew.
Charles River Pale Ale made its heralded debut at Boston’s HUBweek, a science, innovation and art festival in early October. It was also on tap at the company’s brewery on Boston’s waterfront, where it sold out in less than two weeks.
The once heavily polluted river was made famous with the 1960s rock hit, “Dirty Water,” by the Standells, a favorite of Boston sports teams and covered by Bruce Springsteen, the Dropkick Murphys and others.
Improving the environment is part of Desalitech’s mission, but partnering with Harpoon—the 15th-largest microbrewery in the United States—had a big fun factor. Desalitech’s Fortune 500 clients include major beverage companies that use its technology mainly to minimize wastewater from production.