Draught Works Brewery

A Montana brewery could save more than $4,000 each year on energy costs by implementing the recommendations of a Montana Resource Efficiency Program (MREP) audit.

Draught Works is a brewery in Missoula, Montana, that resides within a historic brick building built in 1931. The building contains one large room that consists of a taproom and brewery, located on opposite ends of the building.  The Montana Resource Efficiency Program (MREP) conducted a detailed audit that focused on energy and water conservation, renewable energy, and operational improvements.

Current heating and cooling equipment includes a geothermal heat pump system (including well pump and circulation pumps). There are also two unit heaters. Ventilation is provided by two heat-recovery ventilators. Domestic hot water is provided by a high-efficiency instantaneous unit to sinks and a dishwasher. There is a 24′ x 24′ cooler inside the building and another refrigeration system for the beer-dispensing lines. The brewery upgraded its lighting LED in 2016.

Audit recommendations include installation of occupancy sensors, ECM motors (brushless, permanent magnet motor integrated with an electronic control module), walk-in cooler evaporator fans, compressed air system testing and maintenance, and installation of heat recovery-glycol chillers.

The economics associated with the energy-conservation project are summarized below:

  • Total Gross Project Cost: $8,525
  • Total Annual Cost Savings: $4,282.5
  • Total Utility Incentive: $2,103
  • Net Cost: $6,421
  • Annual Energy Savings: 7,406 KWh and 5,030 therms
  • Simple Payback with Energy Savings: 1.5 years