Off Grid Ales to produce beer using solar and wind energy
Kilometres away from the nearest neighbour, or power pole, New Brunswick's newest brewers make solar suds
New Brunswick's newest brewery has taken its craft way off the beaten path.
Off Grid Ales is getting ready to start production on new brews that promise to be greener than anything offered on St. Patrick's Day. That's because the Harvey Lake brewery will be powered by solar and wind energy.
Rowe and his wife Denise have lived in a solar-powered home on Harvey Lake for seven years. Building a brewery on their isolated property has been a passion project for both of them.
"It is wonderful," said Denise Rowe. "It is quiet. It is peaceful. I go for runs on our five-kilometre driveway. We love it out here."
Randy Rowe says that making quality beer several kilometres away from the nearest power pole presents challenges the average brewer never encounters.
"You can't produce a lot of electricity without spending a lot of money so basically we have to do everything very energy-efficiently," said Randy Rowe. "That's how we've designed the brewery to be able to run on a fraction of what other places would use."
"We produce around 12 – 15 kilowatts on an average day," said Randy Rowe. "And we've got a battery backup system that holds about 20 kilowatts."
"It's nice to be able to live here and brew and not have a power bill. It will be virtually nothing."
The couple plan to have four different beers, including a red and a double IPA, on store shelves this fall.