Sea Mist to Beer

The Alchemy of Atrapanieblas

Published 6th Nov 2017

In 2006 I wrote a little post about the ingenious "cloud catchers" perched on the coastal hills above the Chilean town of Chungungo:

Cloud Catcher in Chilean Desert

In short, these nets condense the thick mist, locally know as "Camanchaca", as it blows off the Pacific and collect the resulting water, which in turn feeds in to the potable water supply. Since 2006 I have read numerous reports of the same technique being used in different parts of the world.

However, no uptake of this mist-catching know-how has pleased me as much as this discovery on a recent trip to Chile. I was delighted to find that, not far south of Chungungo, an inspired local brewer had taken this process one step further and was producing a craft beer using the water running off freshly trapped sea mist from their own "atrapanieblas" nets at the entrance to the Elqui Valley.

Catching mist to make beer! Alchemy? magic? genius.
Salud Camanchaca!

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"Cerveza Camanchaca" by Andrew Chaundler

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