Coastal Empire Beer Co
“Live. Relax. Savor.” It’s the tagline that Coastal Empire Beer Co. lives by and it’s evidently working well for them and their award-winning beers!
Kevin Haborak, the co-owner and brew master at Coastal Empire Beer Co. in Savanna, Georgia, is living his dream. Not only has he successfully built a production facility for his brand, but he has garnered many medals and awards with his various styles. “I’ve been home brewing since 1995 when I received my first homebrewing kit as a gift. From early on I dreamed of opening a brewery (as I think a lot of homebrewers do), but as usual for me, I did little to pursue the dream.”
The Haborak family moved from Atlanta to Savannah in 2009, and that is when Kevin got serious about brewing as a profession. Convincing his brother, Chris Haborak to invest in the dream, they put together a skeletal plan and decided that their first beer would be an American Brown Ale. This style was developed by American home brewers as an adaptation of the English Brown Ale and was a nod to his own homebrewing roots.
“In February of 2011 we began producing test batches at Blue and Gray Brewing Co. to scale up the recipe from 5-gallon batches to 600-gallon batches. By summer of 2011 we had perfected the recipe and we set a date to bring the beer to market”, states Kevin. Coastal Empire Beer Co.’s Savannah Brown Ale was first shipped to Savannah Distributing on August 25, 2011. “We officially launched at The Distillery in downtown Savannah on Sunday, August 28, 2011.” Coinciding with the first night of the premier Annual Savannah Craft Beer Week, Coastal Empire’s Savannah Brown Ale took home first place in the ‘People’s Choice Award’.
“That made our first week in the market greater than anything we had hoped for”, Chris chuckled. Since beginning as a gypsy brewer, Coastal Empire Brewing has won medals at the 2012 US Open Beer Championship, the 2013 US Open Beer Championship, the 2014 US Open Beer Championship, and at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. According to Chris, “The last medal was particularly sweet as we won it with the third beer that we brewed at our new location, making the switch from a contract brewery to a production brewery.”
“We hope that each of you enjoy the beer as much as we enjoy crafting it!” And we're thrilled to be able to introduce our Craft Beer of the Month Club members to Coastal Empire Beer Co. Cheers!
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1) WHAT WAS A PRIMARY MEDICATION USED BY 17TH CENTURY MIDWIVES?
A super-strong beer to ease the pain of labor was used so commonly that it became known as groaning beer. Funny it didn’t catch on with the hordes of beer drinkers who are always looking for a stronger beer to fancy.
2) IS MALT THE MAIN CULPRIT FOR BEER NOT BEING GLUTEN FREE?
Not all malts contain gluten. The popular belief is that a malt is a gluten-based product, but it is also a fact that any grain can be ‘malted’ by immersing the grain in water to encourage sprouting, then drying the grain to halt the progress after sprouting begins. Gluten-free grains include maize, sorghum and rice among others. The most popular grains used in beer are wheat, barley and rye – all of which contain gluten. Be on the watch for new types of malt that can be used to create gluten-free beer.