Milwaukee brewery to make solar-powered beer

CREATED Apr 9, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewing Company is one step closer to making solar-powered beer.

Their new solar-powered factory is the first "green beer"-creating facility in the city.

"It's great to be the first. Hopefully, we're definitely not the last," Jim McCabe of Milwaukee Brewing Company told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

Crews lifted and installed 28 solar hot water panels onto the roof of the brewery in Walker's Point.

The panels will collect energy from the sun to heat water used in the brewing process.

McCabe says his company has a long history of sustainable practices.

This one will reduce energy costs by up to 27 percent.

"This is not something that makes the beer taste any better.  Our talented brewers do all that, but this is something that definitely sets us up for a long future in trying to do things responsibly," said McCabe.

They worked with the City of Milwaukee to make this happen.

The city has programs that offer financing and incentives to home owners and businesses owners that go green.

"This is a really exciting project because it showcases how businesses can be competitive by lowering energy bills," said Amy Heart, the city's solar program manager.

The company will start brewing "green beer" by the end of the month.

Melissa McCrady and Jay Sorgi contributed to this story.