Marietta, Georgia — Red Hare Brewing Company is heading to the coast and opening their second brewery in Shallotte, North Carolina — just up river from Ocean Isle Beach. This new brewery will primarily focus on barrel aging and open fermentation, while serving as an experimentation station for the ever-increasing diversity of beer flavors and brewing processes. Red Hare Founder and Managing Partner, Roger Davis, and Bobby Thomas, Co-Founder and Head Brewer, were heavily influenced by a recent road trip to visit breweries on the coast of Oregon last year. “We saw what cool things you can do with open fermentation, coupled with a coastal climate and salty air — so Bobby and I set our sights on the Southern coast,” Davis shares. “We couldn’t be more excited to increase our presence and expand into North Carolina!”
New Brews from the Beach
Red Hare has been aging and experimenting with beers in barrels for some time now, but is running out of adequate space to do so in the Marietta facility. The new Red Hare brewery will be located in the 111-year-old former Coastal Drug Company building on the Shallotte river — providing plenty of space and an authentic environment for the development of new barrel aged and wild fermentation beers. Any beers brewed here will have taste characteristics that can’t be achieved inland. Red Hare will begin working with coolships (broad, open-top, flat vessels) that allow wild yeast to naturally ferment, cultivating truly unique styles of beer! Wild yeast is far less predictable than yeast grown in a lab, but Red Hare is excited to see what the coastal climate, native wild yeast, and naturally occurring bacteria does for their beers. “We can’t wait to start experimenting at this coastal location,” says Thomas. “With open fermentation and wild yeast in the mix, we can continue to bring unique craftsmanship to our line up!”
The new brewery location will be opening in the second half of 2017, and the new brews will be distributed in NC by R.A.Jeffrey’s and Healy Wholesale. Stay tuned for updates on construction and releases! In the meantime, visit the flagship Red Hare brewery in Marietta, GA, located at 1998 Delk Industrial Boulevard. For more information on Red Hare and the second location, check out www.redharebrewing.com, or follow us on Facebook.
Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent microbrewery in Marietta, selling craft beer throughout Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, the Florida panhandle and South Carolina. The company will be opening a second brewery on the North Carolina Coast in 2017. Red Hare finished as the 4th best brewery in the 2016 US Open Beer Championship with 5 medals, including gold for SPF 50/50 and Cotton Tail Pale Ale. In addition to those year-round beers, Red Hare mainstays include Gangway IPA, Long Day Lager, and the new Gem City Classic Craft Light Lager. Red Hare also offers over 12 seasonal or small batch releases per year, and was the first craft brewery in Georgia to can beer in an effort to curb their carbon footprint. The brewery’s tasting room is open to the public for sampling and tours Wednesday through Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm and Saturday from 2:00-6:00 pm. For more information, visit www.redharebrewing.com.