COAST Brewery Expansion

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COAST is looking to expand the entire brewing system to a 30 bbl system. The majority of the funds we need are for the brewing equipment. The rest is a taproom and renovations, such as energy efficient lighting. We are still working on a location but it’s become a possibility to stay in the building we are in on the old navy base. We hope to change one more law and allow pints and therefore a proper tasting room.  Along with another big fat bank loan, your contribution helps us reach that goal.

In a nutshell: You are supporting a small brewery and it’s expansion. You are supporting a local business that cares about more than just the bottom line. You are a great person and deserve a reward for believing that it can be done!  We are so incredibly grateful.

There are 2 sides to every story and this ones got one too.  And does it answer the question: Why support our little brewery?

It’s just beer! Yes, it is.  Beer is the great equalizer, drank by peasant and royalty alike.  Nothing unites fellow man like a good beer. It’s a social lubricant ,the nectar of the Gods, the ultimate thirst quencher.            Beer is fun!

While we take our business very serious, we know that at the end of the day…..it’s just beer. Right?Yes and no. COAST is so much more. When we first had the notion to open our own brewery in 2003, we said we would only do it if we could do it our way. We even had to change some laws to make it worth it (6% alcohol cap, no tastings or sales at brewery etc., see southcarolinabeer.org) Some of those tenants were (and still are) that the environment comes first! Followed closely by social and moral obligations. To all people involved, from manufacturers and consumers to our employees. To be blunt, this means no Chinese equipment. For both human rights and quality issues, we made this choice early on. Really easy decision except when it comes to price. Non-Chinese sourced or manufactured equipment is easily double the amount (and when your talking doubling 100’s of 1,000’s of $$$’s, not gonna lie, it stings). However, we’ve made the decision and we’re sticking to it.  We want the brewery to be an extension of our life. Therefore, organic grains are just as important.  Sustainability in every sense of the word is our main goal.  We want to continue to be stewards in our community, both as a business model as well as fostering organizations and events that align with those ideals. Simply put we strive to be conscious and present in our lives and business.

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COAST is looking to expand the entire brewing system to a 30 bbl system. The majority of the funds we need are for the brewing equipment. The rest is a taproom and renovations, such as energy efficient lighting. We are still working on a location but it’s become a possibility to stay in the building we are in on the old navy base. We hope to change one more law and allow pints and therefore a proper tasting room.  Along with another big fat bank loan, your contribution helps us reach that goal.

In a nutshell: You are supporting a small brewery and it’s expansion. You are supporting a local business that cares about more than just the bottom line. You are a great person and deserve a reward for believing that it can be done!  We are so incredibly grateful.

There are 2 sides to every story and this ones got one too.  And does it answer the question: Why support our little brewery?

It’s just beer! Yes, it is.  Beer is the great equalizer, drank by peasant and royalty alike.  Nothing unites fellow man like a good beer. It’s a social lubricant ,the nectar of the Gods, the ultimate thirst quencher.            Beer is fun!

While we take our business very serious, we know that at the end of the day…..it’s just beer. Right?Yes and no. COAST is so much more. When we first had the notion to open our own brewery in 2003, we said we would only do it if we could do it our way. We even had to change some laws to make it worth it (6% alcohol cap, no tastings or sales at brewery etc., see southcarolinabeer.org) Some of those tenants were (and still are) that the environment comes first! Followed closely by social and moral obligations. To all people involved, from manufacturers and consumers to our employees. To be blunt, this means no Chinese equipment. For both human rights and quality issues, we made this choice early on. Really easy decision except when it comes to price. Non-Chinese sourced or manufactured equipment is easily double the amount (and when your talking doubling 100’s of 1,000’s of $$$’s, not gonna lie, it stings). However, we’ve made the decision and we’re sticking to it.  We want the brewery to be an extension of our life. Therefore, organic grains are just as important.  Sustainability in every sense of the word is our main goal.  We want to continue to be stewards in our community, both as a business model as well as fostering organizations and events that align with those ideals. Simply put we strive to be conscious and present in our lives and business.

Highlights:

COAST Brewing Company is a family owned craft brewery. We are located in Noisette- a sustainable community in North Charleston. We believe in using alternative means to brew unique and delicious beer. We also believe in choice organic and local ingredients. But it’s not just about being organic, it’s a certain mind set of considering the environment in everything we do. In fact, we’re not certified organic and have no plans to be-we do it because we believe it’s the right thing. All of our ingredients are listed including which are organic. Energy efficiency is our number one priority as it uses less resources right from the start . Our brewhouse is run on waste feedstock biodiesel from the processing plant 300 yards away. Legare Farms, on John’s Island, picks up our spent grain to feed his cattle. Background David is the brewer and owner of COAST. He started homebrewing in 1996, the old homebrew kit for a Christmas present trick. Turns out he was good at it and loved it so much he decided to try to make a career out of it. He graduated from the American Brewer’s Guild in Davis, Ca in 1998. Heading back to Charleston, he got an assistant brewer gig at Southend Brewery. Frank, the head brewer at the time, was cranking out a huge variety of incredible brews. David learned a lot from that experience but decided to take a head brewer position at Palmetto Brewing Company in 1999. While still at Palmetto, David dreamt of opening his own brewery… After 2 other attempts that just didn’t pan out, COAST was meant to be in 2007. The stars aligned with financing and equipment. A brewpub in Macon, GA went out of business so David rallied the troops and headed over. 72 hours, a lot of sweat and several minor setbacks later, the brewery was on it’s way to SC. David then spent the next 7 months setting up the brewhouse, running lines, everything and anything that needed to get done as we could finally brew. On a balmy September morning, the time had come. HopArt IPA and 32/50 Kolsch were about to make history. The first all organic beer to be commercially brewed in SC. Since then they have been brewing as much as physically possible and let the beer speak for itself. He likes to be part of the “last frontier of beer”- the South. Jaime is the other half of COAST. She runs the much less glamorous but just as important side of the brewery: paperwork! She has also gotten pretty good at kegging and not very good at mopping. She is  Founder and President of SC Brewer’s Association (formerly Pop the Cap SC), a grass-roots craft beer advocacy group. When there is time for other things besides the mountain of paper, she runs the lab and tries to make the brewery as environmentally friendly and efficient as possible. Her background is varied and colorful, and she would have it no other way. She is originally from NJ, graduated from C of C, married David and had 2 beautiful boys, and not necessarily in that order. She has managed a health food store, taught yoga, was a research specialist in immunology, and a jack of all trades at a biodiesel facility. She believes in living life fully, simply and sustainably. A good beer always helps with that. David and Jaime think the best way to advocate is by doing- the best you can. Alternative energy is a priority for them. Their beloved 87 Mercedes TD (it died !) and 05 VW TDI are run on waste (no food for fuel!) biodiesel. And that’s just the beginning. Kai and Aiden are future brewers and heirs to the COAST throne. They love art, music, skating, lacrosse and reading. They can be seen shooting targets in the brew yard, fishing in the creek or hanging out on the grain pile.

FAQs:

When will I get my schwag?  Estimated delivery of most goods is Fall 2013

Do you ship it or do I pick it up?  We encourage everyone to pick up pledge rewards in person, shipping will be handled on a case by case basis when the campaign concludes. We cannot ship ship beer only related merchandise like T’s etc.  All beer must be picked up in person

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