Rock Art Brewery, SunCommon toast Vermont’s first solar-powered beer

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Rock Art Brewery, SunCommon toast Vermont’s first solar-powered beer

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rock Art Brewery unveils Vermont’s first solar-powered beer, Sun Rocked IPA, as a toast to the 20-year-old brewery reaching a new milestone: going solar. SunCommon of Waterbury helped Rock Art Brewery of Morrisville become the first Vermont brewery to fully offset its power needs with a 200-panel rooftop solar array.

“Beer brewing and packaging uses a lot of energy. We’re always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact and solar was a perfect fit. We can run our machinery on the sun – why not? To celebrate going solar we’re brewing up a delicious Sun Rocked IPA with nice tropical fruit, berries and citrus flavors - everything that summer sunshine represents,” said Matt Nadeau, co-owner of Rock Art Brewery.

“Rock Art Brewery and SunCommon’s values are so aligned – this was an obvious pairing,” said Mike McCarthy, Solar Project Consultant for SunCommon. “Businesses are always looking for ways to reduce their cost, and they can’t get away from their power bill. By going solar, they’ve turned a significant monthly expense into an investment in their business. A win-win.”

WHO:             Matt Nadeau, Rock Art Brewery

                       Mike McCarthy, SunCommon

                       Deborah Carroll, Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce

WHEN:           Tuesday June 27th, 1 p.m.

WHERE:         Rock Art Brewery 632 Laporte Road, Morrisville, VT 05661

VISUALS:       Brewing and canning will be underway during the press conference. The special edition Sun Rocked IPA will be freshly canned, labeled and toasted during the press conference.                      

About SunCommon:

As Vermont’s largest solar business, SunCommon believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. Energy from the sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. Our mission is to tear down barriers to clean energy and use our business as a force for good.

SunCommon was chartered as one of Vermont's pioneering Benefit Corporations and is a Certified BCorp based on a rigorous third party assessment of our commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. The business is headquartered in Waterbury where most of our 100 workers operate out of Vermont’s largest net-positive office building, which produces more energy than it uses. For more information, go to and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @suncommon.

About Rock Art Brewery:

Matt Nadeau is the self- proclaimed crazy 1990’s home brewer who took the advice of family, friends and launched Rock Art Brewery in 1997. The mission of Rock Art Brewery is simple: sell the best beer, brew each beer so it is unique, and have FUN!   Matt enjoys creating new beers much like cooking at home, tasting how various flavors and techniques combine in the enjoyment of a new beer. 

The brewery opened at Matt and Renee’s home in 1997 and moved from Johnson to Morrisville in 2001. In 2011, Matt built a new brewery just a mile down the road and moved everything over. Now there is a bigger 10,000 square foot with a larger tasting room and Vermont gift shop featuring 8 beers on tap for sampling.

2017 is Rock Art’s 20th anniversary and we are proud to have reached a goal of becoming 100% solar powered! All electrical needs are being met by the sun’s energy. VBM

Source: SunCommon 6.22.2017