Friday, November 9th, the Real Ale Brewery in Blanco sold its first tank of biodiesel to the public. The first customer, Rebecca Doll, describes herself as “tickled pink to have local access to real biodiesel”. Real Ale has been powering a delivery fleet with biodiesel and now, with the necessary permits and regulations satisfied, they are able to sell the fuel direct to the public.
Biodiesel is a plant-based fuel that is biodegradable and considered non-toxic by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is also a better lubricant and smoother running fuel. Doll claims to get better gas mileage from biodiesel than petroleum-based diesel fuel. Any plant-based oil can be easily converted into fuel for any unmodified diesel vehicle. Now in Blanco, you do not have to brew your own biodiesel.
Doll says she prefers purchasing biodiesel rather than making her own. “When I first started buying biodiesel in Austin, it was a little bit more expensive than petrodiesel, but I bought it anyway because I wanted to create demand and support this new market.” Today biodiesel is about 25 cents less per gallon than petrodiesel. Biodiesel is more accessible than ever, with the number of US public fueling stations rising from zero in 1997 to 1,450 today.
Doll says she has economic, political, environmental, and social reasons for going biodiesel. “This is my peace strategy and my action to reduce global warming. By cutting my financial support for the oil industry, I am making the world a cleaner, safer place.” Brad Farbstein and Gabriel Gregerman, owners of the Real Ale Brewery, say, “We are proud to be able to provide an alternative fuel for the community and support the further development of clean energy.”
Biodiesel can be purchased from Real Ale on Fridays during their tasting room hours between 2:00 and 5:00. The fuel is a B50 blend that can be used in any diesel engine in any season without any special modifications.