via Estuary Instagram

Veteran-owned brewery/coffee roastery Estuary Beans and Barley’s newest canned beer will help introduce members of the armed forces, veterans and others facing physical disabilities and challenges to water sports and kiting. 

A portion of the proceeds from the Drifter Coast to Coast Lager, now available in cans at the Johns Island brewery, will benefit the Newfound Freedom Project, a fundraising initiative spearheaded by U.S. Army veteran and Estuary founder Scott Harrison. 

“We’re really big on giving back, and we also like to live a healthy lifestyle,” Harrison told the City Paper, and that’s the inspiration for the brew, a light, refreshing 4.5% ABV lager that’s brewed with Palmetto Malt. Each six-pack sold will help pay for individuals to learn the ins and outs of kite and windsurfing from the pros at Cabrinha, a Hawaii-based manufacturer of kitesurfing equipment and partner in the Newfound Freedom Project. 

Drifter Coast to Coast is one of four canned Estuary beverages available at the brewery and over 100 grocery stores and retail locations throughout South Carolina. Harrison, who co-founded Vail Brewing Company before returning to his hometown to open Estuary in November 2020, hopes to expand distribution to Southeast states like Florida within the next year, he said. 

For more information on the Newfound Freedom Project, visit

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