Coastal Empire Beer Company

Last night (12/17/2015) Ryan and I went to the Coastal Empire Beer Company (Savannah, Georgia, USA) to meet with the founder, Keven Haborak, about me volunteering at the brewery and also to do the brewery tour. Coastal Empire charges $15/person ($10 on Fridays) for 9 tickets each worth a beer, a brewery tour, and the option of taking beer home in a growler. These prices are based on recent restrictions imposed by the Georgia Department of Revenue, where they now have to charge everyone the same price whether they are coming to have beers, taking the tour, or taking home souvenirs.  We did all three of these last night!

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Kevin Haborak started homebrewing in 1995 and when his family moved from Atlanta to Savannah in 2009 he started making plans to start his own brewery. The Coastal Empire Beer Company began their journey contract brewing in 2011. After deciding their first beer would be a Brown Ale, test batches were made at Blue And Grey Brewing “to scale up the recipe from 5 gallons to 600 gallons.” The Coastal Empire Beer Company officially launched at The Distillery (Savannah, Georgia, USA) on August 11, 2011, the first night of the first annual Savannah Craft Beer Week. They have since made the switch to a production brewery at a warehouse on 79 Ross Road.

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Coastal Empire currently runs four 40 bbl (barrel) conical fermenters, a 20 bbl (barrel) kettle, a mash tun, a bright tank, and a canning station. As of now, they receive pre-milled malt, which the tour guide told us had something to do with too small of a building based on potential blast radius from the malt dust. They also have a barrel program which has produced their Barrel Aged Savannah Brown as well as the Barrel Aged Dawn Patrol. They hold regular tours and tastings Thursday and Friday from 5 pm until 8 pm and Saturday from 1 pm until 4 pm.

Information about the brewery found at:
www.coastalempirebeer.com

The Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd (Caybrew)

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After some delay, I am finally able to get around to posting on my tour of The Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd (Caybrew for short), located at 366 Shamrock Road Prospect on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. The 12,000 sq ft brewery was built in 2007 after a $10 million investment. The company built a fully automated brewhouse, along with canning and bottling lines. (Caybrew practices environmentally conscious production and distribution, including returnable bottles)

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The Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd (Caybrew) is a quick bus ride from George Town heading toward East End. The brewery tours are available Monday-Friday on the hour between 9 am and 4 pm. The tour costs $5 CI or $4 USD, which includes beer samples and a look around the brewery provided by a knowledgeable guide.  The Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd sells draft beer and 6 packs in the gift shop/taproom.

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Information about the brewery found at:
www.caybrew.com

New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing Company

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Yesterday I toured the New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing Company, located at 3001 Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, right across from the 7th street wharf. NOLA Brewing Company was founded in 2008 by Kirk Coco and Peter Caddoo.

Free brewery tours are offered on Fridays from 2 pm until 3pm, with free beer available during the tour and also at the NOLA Brewing Tap Room. While there I sampled 7th Street Wheat (an American Pale Wheat Ale), Swamp Grape Escape (a Belgian Single brewed with Louisiana muscadine grapes), and Girl Stout Cookie (NOLA’s Irish Channel Stout brewed with cocoa nibs and mint).

NOLA Brewing currently offers there beer in kegs and cans (perfect for parades!)

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The New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing Company offers 6 year-round beers (NOLA Brown, NOLA Blonde, Hopitoulas, Irish Channel Stout, MechaHopzilla, and 7th Street Wheat.) They also have three seasonal beers including Hurricane Sasion, Flambeau Red, and Smoky Mary.

7th Street Wheat started as NOLA’s summer seasonal, but is now part of their year-round collection (Side note: 7th Street Wheat is only brewed when the lemon-basil that is added after fermentation is available). Rebirth Pale Ale is set to be New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing Company’s next year-round beer, but is currently only available in kegs.

The tour guide/brewer, Derek Lintern, gave a very informative tour of the brewery covering topics like brewing techniques, equipment, history of NOLA Brewing, and much more. The free beer wasn’t too bad either!

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Information about the brewery found at:
www.nolabrewing.com
www.facebook.com/nolabrewing