'Green' beer: The world's most environmentally friendly brewery
Published: 17 February 2017
Australian brewer Broo Ltd has today revealed plans to construct the world’s ‘greenest’ brewery at Ballarat, expected to produce 100 jobs for the city.
The $100 million facility will run on a mixture of solar, wind and biogas energy to create 480 million bottles of ‘carbon neutral’ beer per year.
The ASX listed company’s chief executive Kent Grogan said use recycling and renewable energy to achieve ‘green brewing.’
“We are committed to integrating a raft of state-of-the-art environmentally sustainable technologies that will… enable carbon neutral beer production,” he said.
Mr Grogan said the facility would re-use spent grain husks to fuel biogas production, and would only spend 1.2 litres of water for every litre of beer – much less than the 5:1 industry standard ratio.
Photo: Artist's impression of the facility
He said the new plant, combined with the company’s recent $1 million purchase of the Mildura Brewery earlier this month, will meet increasing demand.
“We are delighted that we will be able to start producing Broo beer at our own plant,” he said.
“[The facility and Mildura Brewery] will allow our two flagship beers, the Broo Premier Lager and the Australia Draught to appear in many more stores throughout Australia.”
The 15-hectare facility will also include a ‘beer museum,’ a visitor centre, a restaurant, an amphitheatre and scenic wetlands.
Photo: Artist's impression of the proposed wetlands
Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the brewery would a boon to the local economy.
“Regional Development Victoria advise us to expect the potential for upwards of 75 000 domestic and 25 000 international visitors per year to the region, providing an increase in tourism with an estimated value to be $28 million per annum,” she said.
Construction is expected to begin in February 2018, and will be opened in the second half of next year.