The new Fort Collins plant is for New Belgium Brewing, which makes the popular Fat Tire Amber Ale. Since 1991, the company has become the third largest craft brewer in the United States.
However, the plant itself, and not just the beer made inside, is getting a lot of attention.
The brewery uses solar tubes to light the warehouse and desks are made from old Fed-Ex tubes.
The building is made of reclaimed timber.
Kim Jordan, co-founder of New Belgium, says it is part of the company's ground rules.
"(They are) having fun, brewing world class beer, promoting beer culture and being environmental stewards," said Jordan.
Kettles at the plant use 65 percent less energy than standard brew kettles. Spent grain goes to a local cattle farmer and even waste water is not wasted.
"We have bacteria that are doing the cleaning of the waste water. They're consuming the pollutants - giving off a bio-product which is methane rich gas," said Brandon Weaver, the plant's water treatment operator.
That methane gas produces 15 percent of the brewery's energy. The rest of the energy comes from wind.
"We do what we do in terms of environmental best practices because it's deeply meaningful to us," said Jordan.
The environmental practices save the company about $3,000 a month on electricity bills.
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