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Widmer Brothers Brewing

Widmer Brothers, a Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) member, is pioneering the first waterless vacuum pump to improve the bottling process and decrease excess water consumption.

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GHS VSD+: The Pump That Seals the Deal

“ Widmer Brothers Brewery has a long history of supporting clean water and investing in innovative ways to protect beer’s number one ingredient. We’re excited to partner with Atlas Copco to pioneer the first waterless vacuum pump in the craft beer industry, and it’s been great seeing how this innovation will lead to new energy and water saving technologies to be shared with our peers. ”

Julia Person , Sustainability Manager, Widmer Brothers Brewery
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Widmer Brothers Brewery has a long history in Oregon's craft brew scene. Officially opening in 1984, Widmer Brothers is now not only a household name in the Portland area, but provides a true craft beer experience for all visitors.

Atlas Copco's vacuum pump, the GHS VSD+, has allowed the brewery to cement its role as an innovator in the industry. Originally using a liquid ring vacuum pump to bottle their beer, Widmer Brothers quickly realized that the 5,000 gallons of water per year consumption wasn't sustainable. The solution? Collaborating with Atlas Copco and upgrading to the GHS VSD+ rotary screw vacuum pump.

Benefits experienced from the upgrade include:

  • Reducing water consumption by 5,000 gallons annually - a $35k annual cost savings!
  • Close to $4,000 savings in energy costs
  • Avoiding wastewater & sewer impacts
  • Less Water, More Beer!