Seattle brewer goes solar
A brewery in the west Seattle neighborhood of White Center has recently installed a solar thermal system to aid in the brewing process of its artisanal beer. Big Al Brewing owners Noelle and Alejandro (Al) Brown recently threw the switch on the new solar thermal system and thus began the company’s first batch of solar beer, which is due to hit local taps in a couple of weeks.
According to an article published by Deanie Schwarz for White Center Now, a West Seattle Blog, the Browns purchased the brewing site, previously owned by Pacific Rim Brewery, in 2008. Since the brewery was built over 12 years ago, little about it could be considered sustainable or efficient, but the Browns were obviously determined to change that.
Much like the 30 plus other breweries in the Seattle area, the Browns relied on natural gas as a water heating source. With the new solar thermal system they’ve installed, they’ll be reducing their use of natural gas to a bare minimum.
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