Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Justin Martin, KERA News

Justin Martin is KERA’s local host of All Things Considered, anchoring afternoon newscasts for KERA 90.1 & KXT 91.7. Justin is also responsible for editing and publishing online news content for KERA, and can be heard in various KERA radio and TV productions. Justin grew up in Mannheim, Germany, and avidly listened to the Voice of America and National Public Radio whenever stateside. He graduated from the American Broadcasting School, and further polished his skills with radio veteran Kris Anderson of the Mighty 690 fame, a 50,000 watt border-blaster operating out of Tijuana, Mexico. Justin has worked as holiday anchor for the USA Radio Network, serving the U.S. Armed Forces Network. He’s also hosted, produced, and engineered several shows, including the Southern Gospel Jubilee on 660 KSKY. Justin lives in Dallas with his pets and lovingly cultivates his addiction to coffee, classic video games, and all things technology.

Brewing Beer With Less Water While Battling Drought in Texas

From KERA News:

The beer menu sits on the bar in Luckenbach, Texas.

REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi /Landov

The beer menu sits on the bar in Luckenbach, Texas.

The drought has tested industries across Texas in the last few years — and it’s even had an impact on beer.

One of MillerCoors’ mega-breweries is in south Fort Worth, and last year it produced 9 million barrels of beer. Environmental and sustainability engineer Lairy Johnson says the plant cut its water use by 9 percent.

Highlights from the Interview with Lairy Johnson:

On how much water the Fort Worth plant uses a year:

  • “In a year we use about 750 million gallons, but what we like to do is talk about how many barrels of water does it take to make a barrel of beer. In this past month we were about 3.18 barrels per barrel, 3.27 I think was our number last year for the average, and 3.21 is the year to date.” Continue Reading
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