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October: Heavy Seas Winter Storm

Heavy Seas Winter Storm is ready to ship. Winter Storm is touted as founder Hugh Sisson’s favorite beer in their catalogue.

It’s an ESB that nears the 8% mark. The mix of malts and hops mix well at a fall transitional beer or a winter brew. Your choice. Incidentally, Winter Storm is the favorite beer of founder Hugh Sisson.

Available in 12oz bottles and draft through December 2017.

Style: ESB
Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Oct-Dec.
Latest Return: October 2017

7.5% ABV

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Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast (featuring coffee & bourbon) returns

Heavy Seas Blackbeard's Breakfast bottle

Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast is back in the brewery’s Uncharted Waters Series again in June.

Blackbeard’s Breakfast is a porter brewed with coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting, then aged in bourbon barrels.

We partnered with local coffee producer Chesapeake Bay Roasting to produce this intriguing ale. Rich porter flavors are enhanced by roast coffee notes and rounded out by bourbon barrel aging, creating a brew of bewitching character.

Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast will be available in 22oz bombers and draft for a limited time.

Style: Porter (w/ Coffee. Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Hops: Target, East Kent Goldings
Malts: UK Pale, UK Amber, Vienna, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt

Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Latest Return: June, 2017

10% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Heavy Seas, New Releases

Hazy in Baltimore: Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect

Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect Bottle

Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect, a new hazy India pale ale, debuts in March.

Hazy, turbid IPAs are all the rage right now. Stone intermittently releases an Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA, and soon, Ballast Point will release an Unfiltered Sculpin. Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect will follow suit.

The brewery built this recipe from the ground up, using predominately Columbus hops. Interestingly, the brewery doesn’t use Columbus in any of their other beers.

This IPA certainly is hazy. Turbid? No. Juicy? Yes. If it’s a trop hop combo you are seeking, you’ll find it here.

The beer is hazy, with a modest portion of malted wheat in the grist. Straw colored, it has a clean, crisp malt profile. Juicy, resiny, piney hop aromas and flavors are the stars of this show, however. Some Citra and Centennial hops play supporting roles to Columbus’ powerful performance. If you like hops, find The Alpha Effect. You won’t be disappointed!” – Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard

Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft starting in March, 2017.

Style: IPA
Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Caramalt

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017

7% ABV, 75 IBUs

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Posted in Cigar City Brewing, Headlines, Heavy Seas, Madtree Brewing Co., Union Craft Brewing

Heavy Seas announces 2017 “Partner Ships” collaborations

In 2016, Baltimore, Maryland’s Heavy Seas Beer announced a new collaborative series they call “Partner Ships.”

The series kicked off in February with a red India pale ale, brewed with Maine Beer Company. That release was followed with an “aggressively hopped” doppelbock, aka Hoppelbock in May.

August saw A Rye Wit brewed with Athens, Georgia based Terrapin Beer Company, followed by this winter’s Imperial Brown IPA brewed with Stone Brewing.

That was 2016. 

Coming in 2017 are three more collaborations coming to the Heavy Seas Partner Ships Series. This first is in February with neighboring Union Craft Brewing.

In July, the Floridians of Cigar City Brewing (Gulf of Mexico waters) will collaborate with the brewery on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Rounding out the year will be Madtree Brewing out of Cincinnati, Ohio. (To keep them from feeling left out of the waterway association theme we arbitrarily started, their closest body of water is the Ohio River.)

Heavy Seas tells Beer Street Journal that the first release’s style  (with Union Craft Brewing) has been decided. The beer will be an 8.5% alcohol by volume old ale, brewed with locally based Domino Brown Sugar.

Hints of nuts, cocoa, molasses and dried fruits oat over a chewy, luscious body of English malt goodness. Inspired by the rich, warming brews of a bygone era, the addition of local Domino Brown Sugar and neighborly camaraderie helped us produce a true comfort ale that should kindle its own Baltimore nostalgia.

 

Each release will be available again in 22 ounce bottles.

Posted in Heavy Seas, Seasonal Return

Heavy Seas Siren Noire is ready for 2017

Heavy Seas Siren Noire

Heavy Seas Siren Noire is ready to make its annual return to the Baltimore, Maryland brewery’s lineup.

Without a doubt, Heavy Seas Siren Noire is the decadent beer in the brewery’s lineup. The base beer is an imperial stout brewed with three pounds of Belgian cocoa nibs per barrel, then aged for 5 weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

The result? Dessert beer. Siren Noire is creamy and chocolatey, that finishes with vanilla bourbon flavors. Addictive.

While Heavy Seas Siren Noire is officially slated for a seasonal return in January, typically 22 ounce bottles start appearing on shelves in late December.r

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cacoa NibsBarrel AgedBourbon)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Limited Draft
Latest Return: January, 2017

9. 5% ABV

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Big on fruit. Heavy Seas TropiCannon now year-round

Heavy Seas Tropicannon

Heavy Seas TropiCannon has returned to the brewery’s lineup once again. This time, year-round.

Loosely based on the brewery’s Loose Cannon IPA, Heavy Seas TropiCannon is hoppy, with a blast of tropical and citrus fruits. The brewing team introduces dried grapefruit, oranges and lemons during the brewing process, and mango, blood oranges and grapefruit post-fermentation. While Loose Cannon is heavy on the piney hop flavor, Heavy Seas boosts the citrus flavor by swapping Centennial and Palisade hops for Amarillo.

“TropiCannon was a pleasant surprise for us in 2016. It was originally planned as a limited release product, but so many people kept asking for it that we decided we needed to make it available on a year-round basis. At least for now. This is part of what makes the beer industry so fun!” – Hugh Sisson, brewery founder.

Heavy Seas TropiCannon is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft. A release party is planned at the brewery in Baltimore, Maryland on December 16th.

Style: IPA (w/ Mango, Lemons, Blood Orange, Grapefruit.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round
Latest Return: December, 2016

7.25% ABV

Posted in Heavy Seas, New Releases, Stone Brewing Co.

Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown Ale, brewed with Stone debuts

Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown Ale

Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown Ale, the fourth in the brewery’s Partner Ships Series, has officially debuted.

Thus far there have been three collaborative releases. The first – a red IPA brewed with Maine Beer Company. That ode to hops was followed up by a collaboration with Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Troegs Brewing, and most recently, a rye witbier brewed with Terrapin.

The fourth release is brewed with one of California’s most well-known breweries, Stone. Brew day was back in October for this imperial brown IPA brewed with blackstrap molasses.

Brewed with Blackstrap Molasses in the kettle, chewy malt character supports layers of American hop mayhem (we are playing with Stone after all) – a burly, palate obliterating Imperial Brown IPA!

Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown IPA will be available in 22 ounce bottles. Estimated release – November, 2016.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Blackstrap Molasses)
Hops: Centennial, Palisade, Citra, Chinook, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, UK Amber Malt, Brown Malt, Crystal

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2016

9% ABV