AMHERST (WAOW)--A brewery in Amherst is using sustainable techniques to set itself apart.Central Waters Brewing Company uses solar panels to efficiently heat their facility along with other green-brewing techniques.
On a cold Wisconsin day, these solar panels are hard at work collecting energy so that Central Water's taps never run dry.
"The business of making beer is very energy intensive. It uses a lot of water. It uses a lot of natural gas. It uses a lot of electricity...we're trying to minimize those impacts across the board," said Vice President Anello Mollica.
Anello and his partner Paul Graham are committed to sustainability. Roughly 1,000 square feet of solar panels heat the brewery located in Amherst, as well as water used to brew beer.
This green-powered brewery also bottles reusable, half-gallon containers and uses local barley in its Shine On Ale.
Sustainable business practices are expensive, but Anello says its worth every penny.
"There's and up front cost with it but you're looking at a four to five year payback on that system and a total lifetime savings of, depending on what natural gas prices do, up to 1 million dollars in savings," he said.
Central Waters hopes to be recognized for that commitment. They are the first brewery to apply for the first level of the Department of Natural Resources Green Tier Program.
If accepted, Anello says Central Waters will be the greenest brewery in the state.
Despite the cost of the company's commitment to green practices, Central Water's passion for sustainability is only matched by their love for brewing beer.
After 13 years, they don't plan on stopping anytime soon.