1,100 feet below St. Paul’s Historic Schmidt Brewery lies the 30,000 year old aquifer that’s the source of this pure, delicious and ancient glacial drinking water — Earth’s original beverage: The Drink.
OUR WATER QUALITY IS MONITORED BY THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BUT THE DRINK IS NEVER TREATED WITH FLUORIDE, CHLORINE OR ANY CHEMICALS.
The Drink is 100 percent sourced from the Mount Simon-Hinckley aquifer, the deepest bedrock aquifer of east central Minnesota.
The aquifer is a repository of pure, glacial water 1,100 feet beneath the surface — and was formed when glaciers pushed sediment over the river basin, sealing off the water for more than 30,000 years. It extends south from the Twin Cities through the southeast corner of the state, and is the deepest of six aquifers accessible on the Schmidt site.
The older water is, the less likely it is to contain modern contaminants — so The Drink is some of the purest and most delicious water you’ll ever enjoy.
The first brewery at this site opened in 1855 — over the deepest, oldest and purest sources of water in the Midwest. Later, the site in St. Paul’s West 7th Street neighborhood became famous as the Schmidt Brewery. And off and on through generations, local residents have made the trek to fill containers with this delicious untreated source of ancient, glacial water.
The Drink can still be purchased from our vending machines at the Historic Well House, 888 West Seventh St., St. Paul, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s an affordable luxury at just $1 per gallon, and machines accept cash or VISA/MASTERCARD and Apple Pay.
The Drink is brought to you by Urban Organics, the indoor aquaponic farm providing hyperlocal, sustainable, year-round fish and USDA certified organic greens to the Twin Cities. Founded in St. Paul’s historic Hamm’s Brewery, and now expanding to the historic St. Paul Schmidt Brewery, Urban Organics has been featured in numerous national media outlets and has been highlighted by The Guardian as “one of “10 innovative farm projects from around the world,” and was recently named “Best Urban Farm” by City Pages.
When Urban Organics purchased the historic Schmidt Brewery site for a new aquaponic farm, its farmers Kristen and Dave Haider and their partners also acquired a truly precious local resource — access to the aquifer. To promote and support its mission to spread the use of sustainable, water-conserving farming techniques, Urban Organics is now the steward for The Drink, providing the community with delicious, pristine drinking water.
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