After more than a decade of delicious craft-beer-making, Magic Hat Brewery had grown into a major operation.
They got so big, in fact, that they … actually couldn’t get any bigger.
By 2007, Magic Hat was making more than 3.3 million gallons of beer a year. More than 90% of that final product was water, which was a major problem for the town of South Burlington, Vermont. (And that’s not even counting the water used in cleaning and other aspects of production, too.)
As it was, the brewery’s water bills were costing them about $200,000 a year, and the treatment facilities in their hometown were already working at full capacity. They wanted to start making more beer. But if they did, there wouldn’t be any water left for the city’s 18,000 residents.
Fitch had been looking for a place to put his prototype into action. Magic Hat was looking for ways to expand without ruining the city’s water supply. It was a match made in Hop Heaven.
Converting their leftover beer parts into sustainable electricity? That was just an added bonus.