Hipsters, Rejoice: A Brewery Powered By Bikes May Soon Become A Reality

“I really haven’t met too many people who don’t like bikes and beer,”

By Kate Abbey-Lambertz - Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Bikes and beer are each pretty great on their own, but they’re even better together. At least that’s the mindset of the owners of a planned sustainable nanobrewery that’s powered, in part, by biking.

Brothers Shawn and Aaron Grose want to open Windmill Pointe Brewing Company, a “pedal-powered” brewery, in Detroit’s Eastern Market neighborhood, though they have not yet secured a location. They’re trying to raise $50,000 through a crowdfunding campaign that’s currently brought in $6,000 in donations on their IndieGoGo page, with a week until the campaign ends.

“I really haven’t met too many people who don’t like bikes and beer,” Grose told The Huffington Post. “We want people to be healthy and happy.”

Grose estimates that Windmill Pointe would be powered by about 50 percent solar energy, 25 percent wind power and 25 percent biking. Their system, which uses a patent-pending computer program, captures energy from people riding stationary bikes — which would be installed at the brewery — in a combiner box. The wattage then moves into a battery and an inverter switches it from direct to alternating currents so it can be used to heat water for the brewing process.

Windmill Pointe’s tap room will have several stationary bikes that patrons can ride — if they so choose — to generate power for the beer they’re drinking, as well as a separate set of bikes for teams and cycling classes. Riders will be able to see exactly how much beer they’re producing with their pedaling; reaching certain milestones will earn them free pints.

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