I don’t often drink lager. But when I do, it has to be a lager with a purpose.
Brewgooder’s Clean Water Lager doesn’t present many surprises at first. It looks like a lager: dark gold, with a white head that soon fades away. The aroma is a characteristically lagerish buttered sweetcorn. The palate is a little less predictable, with sweet, orangey hops at the top, rather than the lemon zest promised on the can’s blurb. And there’s a biscuity, perhaps wholemeal bread malt flavour underneat it all. Brown bread crust lingers for the finish.
As a beer, this is fine. Solely considering its merits as a drink, I’d probably give it a 2. But context is everything, and it’s worth taking stock of the background to this particular beer.
Brewgooder devote 100% of their profits to clean water charities. In 2016 and 2017 they funded a total of seven new wells, 61 well repairs and two school sanitation systems in Malawi, providing clean drinking water to 38,000 people. Ultimately, they want to fund the infrastructure needed to give a million people access to clean drinking water. That has to be worth something.
If you’re looking for a thirst quencher for your summer barbecues, this isn’t a bad option. And if you want to support a good cause while you’re at it, Brewgooder can help.