Beer power coming; drunks are excited

Beer power. Yes, beer power. Interested? Let me explain.

Foster's brewery in Australia is installing an experimental technology that will generate electricity from brewing waste. Essentially, it's a gigantic fuel cell that contains bacteria that consume water-soluble elements from the waste such as sugar, starch and alcohol. The result is energy as well as clean, purified water. Everybody wins!

What I want to know is if this will make my precious, precious beer cheaper. After all, if they're getting free electricity out of it and water they can recycle into the brewing process, shouldn't they pass those savings on to their drunken customers? Come on, breweries. Do it for the little people.

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