How We’re Making Beer With Extra Sunshine

MillerCoors Irwindale Brewery Solar Panels

MillerCoors brews over 6 million barrels of beer a year in California, and now we’re doing so with much more energy independence.
This week we finished installing more than 10,000 solar panels on 10 acres of our Irwindale brewery in Los Angeles County. At capacity on a sunny day, the panels will supply more than 40 percent of the brewery’s energy. That energy is used to heat kettles, package our products — any and all aspects of making beer.
Here are a few things to know about Irwindale, where beer is truly brewed by the sun:

MillerCoors Irwindale Brewery has the largest solar installation at any brewery in the U.S.

The panels have a 3.2 megawatt capacity — enough energy to power more than 13,000 California homes over 30 years … or brew 7 million cases of beer a year.

The reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is like planting 4.2 million trees

The solar installation will prevent more than 98.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere over its lifetime.

Using solar energy will save water too — enough to fill 1,000 Olympic-size pools

The panels will save nearly 675 million gallons of water over 30 years that would otherwise be consumed to produce electricity from fossil fuel or nuclear sources.

We’ve reduced our energy use in our Irwindale Brewery by 30 percent over the past five years

And through our water conservation efforts, we’ve saved more than 186 million gallons of water since 2009. The new solar panels are just the next step toward brewing more sustainably.



Miller Lite Teams Up to Give Thanks to Our Veterans

MillerCoors employees assemble Thanksgiving meals for veterans

MillerCoors Honors Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, and in preparation for Thanksgiving, Miller Lite teamed up with the Chicago Bears, Jewel-Osco and the Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center to distribute Thanksgiving meals to 400 military families in Chicago.

Participating families received a turkey, canned goods, potatoes, stuffing and a $20 Jewel-Osco gift card. Bears alumni players Desmond Clark, Jason McKie, Rashied Davis and Anthony Adams were on hand to help distribute turkeys and visit with veterans and their families. The Road Home Program worked with partner organizations in the community, including the USO of Illinois and the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify military families who could benefit from the Thanksgiving meals.

MillerCoors employees distribute Thanksgiving groceries to veterans

“At Miller Lite we’re extremely proud of our veterans, and this program is just one small way of saying thanks to them and their families,” said Joe Lawler, the MillerCoors Field Marketing Manager who helped put the event together.                                    

This is the second year the program has taken place. This year, more than 40 volunteers from MillerCoors, the Chicago Bears, Jewel-Osco and Rush assisted in handing out groceries to veterans.

MillerCoors provides Thanksgiving dinner for veterans

Miller Lite sponsored this event to salute our area’s veterans and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. Over 40 volunteers came out from MillerCoors and the partner organizations to help assemble grocery bags.

Chicago Bears Desmond Clark, Rashied Davis and Anthony Adams with veterans

Bears alumni (L-R) Desmond Clark, Rashied Davis and Anthony Adams donate their time by taking pictures and signing autographs with veterans.