Bottoms Up? How Water Affects the Production of Beer, Chocolate — Oct. 15

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Bottoms Up? How Water Affects the Production of Beer, Chocolate — Oct. 15

How does water affect farming and the production of beloved food items, such as beer and chocolate?

Next Thursday, October 15, the University community is invited to a panel presentation and discussion of the subject.

As part of the University’s 2014-2016 focus on the subject of water, panelists from a wide range of business and organizations will discuss how, over the years, water has affected their businesses and organizations. They will address questions such as how water quality affects the production of luxury or gourmet products and the implications of water quantity restrictions.

The presentation will take place in the Kelley Center Presentation Room at 6 p.m., followed by a beer and chocolate tasting at The Levee, starting at 7:30.

Professor Jo Yarrington, faculty facilitator of the University Water Theme and professor of studio art, said "Water is key to the production of all food products – whether directly or indirectly. This panel will discuss the sources and quantity of water used in these products as well as its purity/quality. In addition, ethical obligations to conserve scarce resources, including those that might be considered luxury goods, will be examined."

Panelists include:

David Yarrington , brew master and director of brewing operations at Smuttynose Beer. The company, named after an island off of New Hampshire’s coast, was founded in 1994. Its products have been distributed to more than two dozen states, as well as in Europe and Asia.

Dan Maloney , founder of Sol CACAO, Harlem’s Fine Chocolatier. An alumnus of Fairfield University, Maloney and his two brothers opened Sol CACAO, a bean-to-bar chocolate-making company, in New York City.

Bill Duesing , former director of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut). Founded in 1982, CT NOFA is the first and leading grassroots association advocating for organic food, farming, gardening and land care in Connecticut.

Melinda Tuhus , an independent journalist with 25 years of experience, will moderate the panel. Tuhus is known for her monthly show on WPKN, The Forest & the Trees: Global and Local Perspectives on the Environment.

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