Brewing in the Wind: Breeze-Made Beer
When the tower that powers Dave’s BrewFarm went up two years ago in sparsely populated Wilson, Wisconsin, brewer David Anderson—who nicknamed the generator Jake after its model name—got his wish for wind-powered beer. Today, thanks to the 120-foot structure, and some geothermal heating and cooling, the brewery produces two dozen kinds of sustainable beer.
“We’re trying to take care of the land and minimize our impact,” Anderson says.
And because his beer tastes delicious and business is booming (in just one year, he’s sold almost 7,000 cases of the two beers he distributes to stores), he’s teaching people that being environmentally minded doesn’t have to come at a cost.
Though Anderson runs a one-man operation, he’s jumped into the fast-growing ecobrew trend. Colorado’s New Belgium is probably the best known, using wind-powered electricity since 1999 and turning its leftover beer sludge into fish food. Others, such as Allagash Brew Company in Portland, Maine and Weyerbacher in Easton, Pennsylvania, purchase wind credits or hand over used grain to local farmers for livestock feed.