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Coastal Empire Beer Co. wins silver at Great American Beer Festival
Coco Piña Gose honored for brewing excellence

Coastal Empire Beer Co. received a silver medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, held Sept. 20-22 in Denver, Colorado.

“I was super excited four years ago to win our first medal at the GABF,” said Coastal Empire Beer Co. co-founder and head brewer Kevin Haborak of Richmond Hill. “It is even more sweet to win our second today (Sept. 22). It is so awesome and humbling to be recognized amongst the top of your field.”

Coastal Empire Beer Co was recognized in the Field Beer beer-style category for its Coco Piña Gose, a tropical take on the classic sour German Gose style brewed with pineapple, coconut, pink Himalayan salt and sea salt.

Coco Piña is pale gold in color and beer blends flavors of pineapple, coconut, pink Himalayan salt and sea salt with a nice refreshing tartness. Haborak said it was first brewed in 2015 as a one off for the company’s fourth anniversary but they were quickly encouraged to produce it on a larger scale. 

Haborak said in the beginning, he wanted nothing to do with the beer concept but it quickly became a fan favorite.

Coastal Empire Beer Co. is a 2,200-barrel microbrewery located in Savannah that specializes in brewing beers that meld well with coastal cuisine and lifestyle.

Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The 2018 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 293 expert judges from 8,496 entries, received from 2,404 U.S. breweries, plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries.

“The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country’s most exemplary beers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “I’m continuously impressed by contenders’ talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners for their excellence in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2018 winners list and photos, visit

For more information about Coastal Empire Beer Co., visit

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