The brewery best known for its Alaskan Amber ale has come up with an innovative way to lower its electricity bills: powering the brewery with beer itself — or more specifically, with spent grain that's leftover from the plant's beer-making process. A boiler system at the Alaskan Brewing Co., based in Juneau, will turn that grain into steam. A spokesman says the energy savings could offset annual energy costs by 70 percent, the equivalent of around $450,000. Typically, a brewery's spent grain is sold to nearby farms as animal feed, but because Alaska has so few, and because Juneau is not accessible by road, shipping costs to the Lower 48 outweighed potential profits. [Source]
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