Colorado craft brewers could see a real "win-win" when it comes to creating those tasty beers, with this new carbon-reducing technology.

CSU researchers have teamed up with a company in Fort Collins to develop a brand new type of system that will be making some of our Colorado craft beers, cleaner. How does a hippo come in?

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Coloradans love their craft beers, and many, many Coloradans are concerned about climate change; a new way of creating the steam that goes into making craft beer could put turn some frowns upside down.

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When it comes to craft beers in Colorado, I'm usually the first to say, "I'm more on the consumption side of things," but this new project happening at CSU has caught my eye when it comes to the making of craft beer. Plus, there's a hippo; so this is great.

BRAND-NEW TECHNOLOGY TO BE USED AT NEW BELGIUM IN FORT COLLINS

According to Colorado State University, students at the Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering at the CSU Campus in Fort Collins are working on the very first of its kind boiler that will be used at New Belgium Brewing. College kids working on a beer project, that must be fun.

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This all-new boiler, that uses an electric heat pump, as opposed to burning natural gas, will produce about one-third of New Belgium's needed thermal energy to make their craft beers.

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This "decarbonizing" of the steam process could lead to a 7% reduction of gas emissions across the world if utilized by beer, food, paper producers, and other industries, according to Colorado State.

WHERE DOES THE HIPPO COME IN?

When developing the boiler kettle with CAD, the team joked that it kind of looked like a baby hippopotamus, and that just carried over into the actual development of the boiler. So, when it was complete, they "officially" labeled it, "Hungry Hungry [Hippo.]"

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LOOK: Best Beers From Every State

To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.

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Colorado's 25 Highest Rated Beers According to Beer Advocate

Do you love beer? Do you love it so much you're dying to try one called Casey Family Preserves Peach Glow Haven and Roza? That beer finished in the top 25 on the list of best Colorado beers as determined by Beeradvocate.com. According to your votes, these are the best beers brewed in Colorado.

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