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This Craft Brewery In Louisiana Has Been Running On Renewables Since 2001

By Brian Spaen

The craft beer industry has boomed over the last six years. Over 3,000 small breweries have opened across the United States since 2011 and only the ongoing purchases from major beer corporations have slowed down its rapid rate. A brewery in Louisiana was ahead of the craft beer trend when they opened up back 1986, and they were also in front of the change to have sustainable operations.

Abita Brewing Company continued to grow in popularity and has become one of the largest Southeastern breweries. They eventually opened up a Merlin brewhouse back in 2001 as they continued outgrowing other buildings. It was the first-ever beer maker to invest a lot of money in creating an energy-efficient process. The original building they created beer at has been transformed into a pub and is located at Albita Springs, which is roughly 45 miles north of New Orleans.

How is the Merlin system different than traditional beer brewing methods? Abita’s website explains that it “reduces boiling time and carbon dioxide emissions,” which ends up using “70 percent less energy.” They’ve since upgraded to a Krones EquiTherm brewhouse, which increases that efficiency.