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Beer Will Help Power Alaska Brewery

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 11:13pm
JOSHUA BERLINGER - Associated Press

The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to beer itself.

The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system that burns the waste accumulated from the brewing process to create steam which powers much of the brewery's operations.

Company officials now joke they are now serving "beer-powered beer."

Four years ago, the company started looking at whether it could use spent grain as an in-house, renewable energy source and reduce costs at the same time.

It contracted with a North Dakota company to build the special boiler system after the project was awarded nearly $500,000 in a grant.

The craft brewery is expecting big savings once the system is fully operational in about a month's time.

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