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July 09, 2008

Maker's Mark Goes Green

Mint_julep_istock_000006327526xsmalAmerica's native spirit has gone green. And by "native spirit," we mean bourbon (Congress named it our official distilled spirit in 1964).

The Maker's Mark bourbon whisky distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, is turning waste into energy with a new system expected to offset 15 to 30 percent of the distillery's energy consumption. The anaerobic digestion facility, installed by Ecovation, will use microorganisms to break down stillage (a waste product that consists of water, grain, and yeast). Methane and carbon dioxide biogas produced by the microorganisms will be used to power the distillery's boilers.

Need another reason to sit down with a traditional mint julep for a green happy hour?  Uhuru's new recycled furniture line, made from reclaimed bourbon barrels and salvaged metal, elevates a classic beverage with modern design.

--D.W.

Sources:  Green Biz, The Daily Green, About.com, American Way, Inhabitat, Environmental Leader, Southern Byways

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