One of the best things we here at EarthTechling like about being in Portland, Oregon is the local beer scene. Known as Beervana to about anyone who loves a fresh, frosty microbrew, the Rose City and the greater Oregon area are home to quite frankly the best beer in the nation. One of the top dogs is Deschutes Brewery, based in the central Oregon town of Bend. This beer lover haven, due to its popularity, is expanding its main production brewery site to, among other things, be more energy efficient.
As our friends over at Brewpublic reported, water efficiences will also be part of the design. The highlighted items of this expanded production facility, which will brew an additional 105,000 barrels per year, include “a continuous use cleaning system and the addition of a water re-use tank which will save thousands of gallons of water and energy per year. Additional sustainability features include a heated warm rinse tank, which will save hot water and steam for tempering tanks between cycles.”
Also mentioned on the green building block for Deschutes are plans to capture CO2 from the fermenting process and decrease waste to the city sewer system. The brewery plans to work with several local firms on the expansion, including R&H Construction. This outfit, which converted a former autobody shop into Deschutes Brewery’s Portland location within the Pearl District, is known for being a leading green builder in Oregon.
If all goes as planned, construction on the space will begin mid-May 2011 when engineering is complete, and will be finished in mid-2012. Visitors to the main brewery will still be able to do tours and tastings during the build out process. Here’s to raising a pint glass to energy efficient design coupled with great tasting beer!