Texas Breweries Become Unlikely Local Heroes Thanks To Aid Efforts During Hurricane Harvey

Blackwater Draw is tapping into the 800 gallons it had stored for brewing and is offering it to the community.

A local brewery in College Station, Texas is offering free water to anyone who needs as the city prepares for the continuing winds and historic levels of rainfall predicted over the next week in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Blackwater Draw Brewing Company announced via its Facebook page that over 600 gallons of reverse osmosis water they were planning to use for brewing is available to anyone who shows up at either of their locations with a container. 

"The news and weather channel keep talking about catastrophic flooding coming our way so we thought we'd offer up the water just in case anyone needs it," Chris Steele, co-founder of Blackwater Draw Brewing Company told A Plus via email. "We've had a handful of takers but it hasn't been an overwhelming response, which is fine (hopefully it means everyone has what the need and can stay inside and safe)."

Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, continued to batter the Texas Gulf Coast over the weekend, where in some places, more than 2 feet of rain was reported to have fallen in 24 hours that has resulted in historic flooding in Houston and the death of at least five in the aftermath of the storm. The National Hurricane Center is predicting 15-25 more inches of rain through the week, which will bring totals in some areas to over 50 inches. 

Blackwater Draw isn't the only brewery has switched in taps from beer to water in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. The Anheuser-Busch brewery northwest of Atlanta bottled 50,000 cans of emergency drinking water that were then sent to Baton Rouge, La. ahead of the storm. 

"Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations," brewmaster Sarah Schilling of Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery said in statement to FOX 5 News.

Not to be left out, a team from downtown Houston's 8th Wonder Brewery was spotted rescuing stranded residents and helping them into their truck. "They say they called 911 and the coast guard - no answer. But @8thWonderBrew stepped up," local reporter Pooja Lodhia wrote on Twitter.

For his part, Steele says that the offer for water stands during any hours while the brewery is open.

"In general the mood is pretty optimistic," Steele said. "There are some areas around town beginning to flood so we are going to close up so our staff can get home. In the meantime, people don't seem to be too afraid."


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