Savannah Brown Ale brewed by Coastal Empire Beer Company in Savannah, GA
Ale is an American brown ale crafted with a rich malt flavor, balanced by a
crisp hop finish. It has aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, and citrus. The
flavors start with a blend of chocolate, caramel, and roasted nuts and
follow with a balance of resinous and citrusy hops. This beer pairs well
with hearty dishes. Steaks, hamburgers, and sausage are all good choices,
and the hoppiness of the beer makes it particularly well suited to be served
alongside game dishes. The beer also stands up to strong cheeses such as
sharp cheddar, gorgonzola, blue, and asiago. ABV:6.2%. IBUs: 55.
Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Poured a dark brown with reddish highlights and a creamy ivory head that leaves
nice lacing as it fades. Nice Brown Ale aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate,
caramel, and some nicely bitter hops. Flavors follows the nose nicely, lots of
expected Brown Ale flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts but again the
finish is a nicely bitter blend of espresso and resinous hops. Mouthfeel is
smooth and creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a very solid
Brown Ale, I'm gonna re-visit this many times!
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.