A family commitment

F.X. Matt Brewery has come a long way since its founding in 1888 in Utica.

Last week, Matt Brewery, the largest brewery in New York and the second oldest family-owned brewery in the country, accepted for installation five very large stainless steel digester tanks. The tanks are part of a $4 million, 50,000-square-foot anaerobic digester project designed to convert wastewater into electricity.

As described by company spokesmen, the project solidifies the brewery’s commitment to making beer in an environmentally friendly way.

When done, the new space will feature the anaerobic digester consisting of an operational building, five digester tanks, a water tank and a methane tank, as well as a new green space park expanding the existing venue for outdoor events.

"As an upstate New York family-owned business, we believe it is important to be respectful of our natural resources, and we have made it a priority to be more energy efficient," said Nick Matt, chairman, CEO and third-generation member of the Matt family. "For more than 120 years, we’ve brewed quality, distinctive beers and, today, we continue to raise the bar by making further improvements to our brewing processes and facility."

The digesters break down waste materials into methane and other gases, which can be used to produce electricity or heat. The F.X. Matt Brewing Co. will use this technology to create energy by cleaning up the brewery’s wastewater about 80 to 90 percent, which will generate 30 to 40 percent of the company’s electricity usage.

This "green" project is just the latest that shows the commitment that the Matt family and brewery employees have to their business and the surrounding community.