March to the Sea Barleywine is brewed by Coastal Empire Beer Co. and Burnt
March to the Sea
is an American-Style Barleywine Ale. This collaboration brew between Burnt
Hickory Brewery of Kennesaw, GA and Coastal Empire Beer Company of Savannah
comes in at 11% ABV. Scott Hedeen, the owner of Burnt Hickory, was very excited
about both the beer and the concept behind it. The name itself, of course,
refers to Sherman’s famous Civil War march to the sea from Atlanta to
Savannah. Scott said, “Everyone is doing a collaboration these days. If we
were going to do one we wanted to have meaning.” The beer is available in 22
ounce bottles and a limited number of kegs.
Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Appearance: Pours a burgundy chestnut with almost two fingers of dense pale
head. A milky layer froth lingers accross the surface along with a wide halo
that leaves substantial sheets of lace.
Aroma: The nose seems fairly hot, particularly when cool. Grains, assertive
piney and dank hops and some underlying caramel sweetness.
Taste: Tastes like an American barleywine for sure: cereal grains, burnt
caramel, dank piney hops, marshmallows, faint honey and some grain alcohol-like
heat. The booze heat sinks into the background as this nears room temperature,
allowing those sweet, rich caramel grains to shine.
Mouthfeel: There is a nice heft to the slick, medium full feel with relatively
soft carbonation. Pine, caramel and grain alcohol in the aftertaste with just a
little cooling alcohol feeling.
Overall: Burnt Hickory and Coastal Empire have teamed up to produce a pretty
darn good American barleywine. I was slightly skeptical with the first cold sips
but by the end of the bottle I was quite happy with it. Looking forward to
seeing how this ages.
Kevin Haborak has been home brewing since 1995 when he received my first
homebrewing kit as a gift. From early on, he dreamed of opening a brewery. Back
in 2009, his family moved from Atlanta to Savannah and that’s when everything
finally got put into motion.
By the spring of 2010, Kevin had put together a skeletal plan of how to get
things started and convinced his brother to invest in the dream. Then, he
decided the first beer would be an American Brown Ale as a nod to my homebrewing
roots, since this style was developed by American hombrewers as an adaption of
the English Brown Ale. In February of 2011, he began producing test batches at
Blue and Gray Brewing to scale up the recipe from 5 gallon batches to 600 gallon
batches. By summer of 2011, he had perfected the recipe and set a date to bring
the beer to market.
Coastal Empire Beer Co.’s Savannah Brown Ale was first shipped to Savannah
Distributing on August 25, 2011 and launched the first night of the first Annual
Savannah Craft Beer Week. The following Saturday Savannah Brown Ale took home
first place in the People’s Choice Award at the Savannah Craft Brew Fest.
Since beginning as a contract brewery, Coastal Empire beers have won medals at
the 2012 US Open Beer Championship, 2013 US Open Beer Championship, 2014 US Open
Beer Championship, and at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. The last medal
was particularly sweet as we won it on the third beer that was brewed at new
location in Savannah at the new production brewery.
Burnt Hickory Brewing
Founded in 2011 here at 2260 Moon Station Court #210 Kennesaw GA, We have seen
amazing growth. After getting our final approvals from the state of Georgia, we
brewed our first beer on April 1 2012. Operating as a self financed Nano
Brewery, (meaning we are producing under 200 Barrels of beer a year) we have
spent the last year in a half learning to beer business. We’ve built some of the
strongest brands of beer in the state! We’ve received a ton of social media and
old school media coverage, and we’ve built an ‘Army” of fans. Now we are now on
the verge of the next step.
Welcome to 2014. We are on the verge of an expansion. With the blueprints in
hand and the knowledge that we can make beer that people like, we are going from
NANO brewing to MICRO brewing. Plans are now in place for us to remodel our base
to handle the size of the new system and fermenters that are on order.
What does the expansion mean to us, and to you? Well, to us, it’s a chance to
really start seeing some of the blood, sweat, and tears of the last year finally
begin to pay off. We have a good/bad problem; we can’t make enough beer! Going
from a 2 bbl kettle to a 20 bbl kettle will be enough for us to put 10 times the
number of kegs out in the market. To you, that means more BHB availabilty!
Keeping with our mantra “TO BE MINIMAL, WOULD BE CRIMINAL!”, we plan to keep the
same level of “OOMPH” in our beers. The smaller system allowed us to monitor and
control EVERY ounce of our beers. Going to 20 BBL (which may seem HUGE) will
allow us to keep our same standards of brewing, and maintain the “magic” of what
we were able to produce here in the start-up. In fact, it will make it a hell of
a lot easier to make a hell of a lot more beer!