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Monday, May 23, 2011

Central Waters Brewing gains recognition for renewable energy and sustainability

From an article by B. C. Kowalski in the Wausau Daily Herald:

AMHERST -- Green beer can be quite common during St. Patrick's Day -- but the owners of Central Waters Brewing Co. had a different kind of green in mind when they began 13 years ago.

Central Waters was recognized for those green practices Friday as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources named the company to its Green Tier program, which celebrates environmentally friendly businesses in Wisconsin. It is the first brewery in the state to be added to the program.

The DNR presented the business with a plaque and welcomed it to the program in front of about 50 people at the brewery in Amherst.

Entry into the program came after an application and a public comment period in which residents could say whether they thought the brewery should be added to the program.

Not a single person said it shouldn't be added, co-owner Anello Mollica said.

The facility runs on radiant floor heat, and water is heated by 1,000 square feet of solar panels.

"It's a steep upfront ticket, but the payoff is remarkable," said Paul Graham, Central Waters co-owner.

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