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The water intake crib for ...
Haraz N. Ghanbari, Associated Press file
FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, the water intake crib for the city of Toledo, Ohio, is surrounded by an algae bloom on Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. Ohio’s strategy for sharply reducing what’s making algae flourish in Lake Erie clearly shows that changes in farming methods are what’s needed. The blueprint also has a long list of ways to do that, researchers say, but it lacks a clear direction on what to do next. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

TOLEDO, Ohio — A brewery in Ohio is making a batch of green-colored beer called “Algae Blooms” to draw attention to the toxic algae that’s been fouling Lake Erie.

Maumee Bay Brewing Company says water is the main ingredient in its beers and access to clean water is essential.

The Toledo brewery uses the city’s tap water sourced from Lake Erie. Algae outbreaks over the past summers have become an ongoing threat to drinking water.

Maumee Bay brewery manager Craig Kerr says its new beer looks like algae-contaminated water but doesn’t taste like it. He says the brewery used powdered green tea and kiwi to give the beer its color.

The Ohio Environmental Council is helping to promote the algae-inspired beer to illustrate the importance of investing in safe water.

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