Sewage Water Wine

by | Dec 26, 2020


Many wines come from beautiful vineyards around the world, produced in the finest conditions. And some are brewed up in a sewage plant.

The sheriff’s office in a small north Alabama town says they just busted an illegal winery operating inside the city’s wastewater treatment plant. In a statement, the sheriff’s department said it was investigating an anonymous tip. 

Upon arrival, they found glass containers, buckets, a formenting rack and other equipment used by people who make wine at home. The officers seized the illegal alcohol and arrested the man behind the operation. 

The mayor says the man arrested had been a city employee for the past 15 years. Since his undercover winery was discovered, he has been suspended without pay. But that’s the least of his problems. 

Police say he is facing a felony charge of using his official position for personal gain and a misdemeanor charge of possessing an illegally manufactured alcoholic beverage. It’s unclear who he was selling to, so far no one has fessed up to owning sewage water wine. 

That’s one wine tasting I would certainly skip.

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