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DNR to limit brewery's water-guzzling

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The Department of Natural Resources says a brewery in central Minnesota has been straining water resources in the area, and now the department plans to reduce by 80-85 percent the amount of water Cold Spring Brewing can use, the St. Cloud Times reports.

The newspaper notes that the brewery in Cold Spring, Minn., produces a brown brew called Lost Trout Ale – appropriately enough given that the DNR says the brewery's use of water from area wells is stemming the water supply of a nearby trout stream, the newspaper reports.

The brewery has been negotiating with the DNR over water use for years, but now the DNR says the brewer has only about 11 months before it dramatically reduces the water supply available to the operation. That would force the brewery to turn to an already strained city water system, the Associated Press reported.

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