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Aug 30, 2012 2:19 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Colorado brewery forced to use water reserve

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A Fort Collins brewery says it is using a reserve water supply in Larimer County because the water in the Poudre River is tainted by a wildfire.

Company officials objected when they were told they will have to go back to using the Poudre soon. The company says if that happens, it would kill the flavor in their beer and make it undrinkable.

According to sister station KUSA, New Belgium is working with the City of Fort Collins to continue using the water reserve.

The High Park Fire that started June 9 west of Fort Collins destroyed hundreds of homes, killed one person and scorched 136 square miles of mountain terrain.

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