'Green beer' movement expanding

Back in December I reported on a "green" beer that had nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day. It was a move by the Barrington Brewery in Massachusetts' Berkshire Mountains to solar panel collection as part of an eco-friendly business environment.

Now comes word that the Lucky Lab Brew Pub in Hawthorne, OR, near Portland, has become that state's first to use a solar thermal system to brew their beer. A line of solar collector panels dominates the brewery's roof. A traditional water heater is the backup source for the properly heated water for brewing.

Gary Geist, co-owner of the company, said they anticipate relying on the new system in the summer but have been able to make good use of it since it went in place in December.

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