Ypsilanti brewery using greener ways to make golden brews - FOX 35 News Orlando

Ypsilanti brewery using greener ways to make golden brews

Posted: Updated:
Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
YPSILANTI, Mich. (WJBK) -

Golden brews made with the power of the golden sun.  The Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti is one of Michigan's first solar breweries.  The owner of this facility and Arbor Brewing in Ann Arbor invested nearly $350,000 in energy saving equipment to make their brewing process more green.

"This was an old office building that had a lot of steel windows and single pane glass, and it wasn't a very comfortable place to be," "Brewguyver" Mike O'Brien explained.

The brewing expert said the first step was replacing those old, drafty windows, but that was just the beginning.  They then installed 144 solar panels on the roof to produce hot water and electricity.

Jared Diamond is the brewery's sustainability consultant.  The U of M grad student and beer connoisseur used the green makeover as his master's project for school.

"It seemed like an excellent candidate because there was a lot of room for improvement, and there was also a lot of willingness on the part of the owners," he said.

Diamond studied the microbrewing process from start to finish and identified areas where energy was being wasted.

An old chiller was one of the biggest energy wasters in the building.  In the summertime, it used to use up 50-percent of the electricity for the entire facility.  That's been replaced, and now there's a geothermal cooling system in the storage area known as the "Beer Cave".

All of the improvements are expected to save the brewery $20,000 a year and pay for themselves in seven years.

"Setting things up so that you're using less energy is better for the environment and better for the customers, better for everybody," O'Brien said.

"I feel that this is one small step in the right direction, and I'm proud to be part of that," said Diamond.

The project is in the final stages.  The official ribbon cutting is set for August 29.

For more information about The Corner Brewery, visit www.ArborBrewing.com/brewery.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • 33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:22 GMT
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
  • Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:18:32 GMT
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Michigan man mocked on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal, celebrities files lawsuit

    Michigan man mocked on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal, celebrities files lawsuit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:08:15 GMT
    Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit in Macomb County court today.Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit in Macomb County court today.
    They said they were sorry -- but it's not enough. The local man -- who was mocked for his appearance on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal and other celebrities is now suing.
    They said they were sorry -- but it's not enough. The local man -- who was mocked for his appearance on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal and other celebrities is now suing.
  • Witnesses describe punch that killed soccer ref, say suspect has been violent before

    Witnesses describe punch that killed soccer ref, say suspect has been violent before

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:57:23 GMT
    More details emerged from 16th District Court about what happened on the soccer field the day that referee John Bieniewicz died, allegedly from a punch to the neck by Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad. Testimony was heard through the eyes of four witnesses, three players including two on the opposing team, one teammate of Saad and a police officer. According to court testimony, Saad has gotten violent before on the soccer field.Wiping away tears, 36-year-old Saad, facing a judge on second-degree murder ...
    More details emerged from 16th District Court about what happened on the soccer field the day that referee John Bieniewicz died, allegedly from a punch to the neck by Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad. Testimony was heard through the eyes of four witnesses, three players including two on the opposing team, one teammate of Saad and a police officer. According to court testimony, Saad has gotten violent before on the soccer field.Wiping away tears, 36-year-old Saad, facing a judge on second-degree murder ...
  • Woman's life changed from side effect of bariatric surgery

    Woman's life changed from side effect of bariatric surgery

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:41:11 GMT
    A metro Detroit woman should be celebrating her tremendous weight loss, but instead is now battling a rare condition that has her regretting her bariatric surgery.
    A metro Detroit woman should be celebrating her tremendous weight loss, but instead is now battling a rare condition that has her regretting her bariatric surgery.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices