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TheBEERSgoneBAD: “Mana Wheat” by Maui Brewing Co.

Mana Wheat is Maui Brewing’s unfiltered beer. In fact, to give an interesting Maui twist to the wheat beer, the brewers infused Mana Wheat with Maui Gold Pineapple. Because most wheat beers (including hefeweizen) require lemon or something simliar to sweeten the taste of the beer, the pineapple is an interesting move.

Lightweight cans enable Maui Brewing Co. to reduce its fuel costs and carbon footprint for shipped beer by over 35%.

Cans are the most easily and frequently recycled beverage package in the world. A recycled aluminum can generates 95% less pollution than one made from scratch and requires 96% less energy. One recycled can saves the energy equivalent of 6 ounces of gas or the electricity to power a guitar amplifier for two hours.

Aluminum can be recycled over and over without breaking down. In theory, we have an inexhaustible supply of it in circulation right now. If we recycled all our aluminum, we’d never have to make more.

Aluminum beverage cans are getting lighter. Twenty years ago, a pound of aluminum made about twenty cans. Today, the same amount of aluminum makes approximately thirty cans. The thickness of the side of an aluminum can is about the same as that of a human hair.

Every part of the can is reusable—you don’t have to prepare it in any way, other than to rinse it out. In 1996, aluminum manufacturers saved enough energy by recycling aluminum instead of creating it from bauxite ore to power a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years or so.

Aluminum recycles in no time at all. When you send a can to a recycling depot, it’s processed, recycled, and back on the shelf again in about a month.

In further support of the local economy, the cans used by Maui Brewing Co. are made on Oahu and packaging designs are by local Maui artists. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and any cans damaged in production are donated to the Maui Humane Society. Maui Brewing Co. also utilizes equipment purchased from the former Maui Land & Pineapple, preserving a piece of Hawaii’s canning history.

The remodeling included a complete solar energy installation: 80kw to supply a minimum of 75% of the energy consumed via a PV array, skylights providing natural lighting, ceiling fans, CFL lighting, and other energy-efficient upgrades. The production brewery also be added solar energy to produce 100% of its electrical needs and about 75% of its water heating needs. BioDiesel made from the fryer at the pub, and supplemented by Pacific BioDiesel, is used in all company vehicles.

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in HEF'S

 

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