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February 5, 2013

Alaska brewery powered by beer

  • A new $1.8 million furnace means waste grains can be burned to generate steam rather than shipped to farms for animal feed.
    Associated Press

    JUNEAU — The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer.

    The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain — the waste accumulated from the brewing process — into steam which powers the majority of the brewery's operations.

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