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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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Posted in Don't Miss This, Heavy Seas

Heavy Seas 21 Anniversary Ale is slated for December

Heavy Seas 21 Anniversary Ale

Heavy Seas 21 Anniversary Ale will be a new entry in the brewery’s Uncharted Waters Series, marking over two decades of craft brewing.

To celebrate the Baltimore, Maryland based brewery’s 21st birthday, Heavy Seas 21 Anniversary Ale will be released. The base beer is an imperial Extra Special Bitter (ESB), brewed with rye malt and local Domino brown sugar, and aged in Sagamore Rye Whiskey barrels.

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To celebrate our 21st Anniversary, we have created a Rye Imperial ESB brewed with imported UK malt, local Domino brown sugar, a powerful English Ale Yeast, and a blend of herbaceous British hops (to the tune of 65 IBUs). 21 was aged for sixty days in locally sourced, single use Sagamore Rye Whiskey barrels.

21 years is a strong milestone for Heavy Seas. In order to get to where the brewery stands today, founder Hugh Sisson got heavily involved in politics and changed some of Maryland’s restrictive laws. Every beer you drink from Heavy Seas is a testament to Sisson’s desire to bring great beer to Maryland.

Heavy Seas 21 Anniversary Ale will be a 22 ounce bottle and draft release.

Style: ESB (w/ Brown Sugar. Barrel Aged. Rye Whiskey.)
Hops: Chinook, UK Kent Goldings, UK Fuggle
Malts: Marris Otter Malt, Crystal Malt, Caramalt, CaraRye Malt

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

10.5% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, Heavy Seas

Heavy Seas 20 Year Storm celebrates the double decade mark

Heavy Seas 20 Year Storm

Heavy Seas 20 Year Storm will mark the two decade mark for the Baltimore brewery.

The story of Heavy Seas is one of building a brewery that we personally love. Brewery founder Hugh Sisson wanted to build a brewpub so badly, he lobbied the Maryland legislature in 1987. That success allowed him to build Sisson’s Tavern. In 1994, he left there to form Clipper City Brewing. For years you saw beers released under the Clipper City brand, the first beer using the Heavy Seas name was Winter Storm. A few years ago, Heavy Seas became the unified brewery name.

As for Heavy Seas 20 Year Storm, the base beer is an imperial extra special bitter, aged in bourbon barrels for 75 days.

“When I started brewing at Sisson’s in 1989, I had no idea the industry would ever get so big,” says Hugh Sisson. “Back then, we just wanted to produce beers with flavor – and recreate the concept of small scale, artisanal beer.  I am grateful for the opportunities we have had to nurture the growth of our industry in Maryland, and hope that this 20th anniversary for Heavy Seas is seen for what it really is – a milestone for Maryland beer as a whole.”

Heavy Seas 20 Year Storm debuts on December 7th, 2015. (Their birthday is December 8th).

Style: Imperial ESB (w/ Brown Sugar. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 
Release: 12/8/15

10%  ABV

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Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Don't Miss This

Deschutes The Specialist, Barrel Aged Pub Exclusive

Deschutes The Specialist

Deschutes Brewery (Bend & Portland, OR) is releasing a special edition of their Batchelor Bitter. As a reward for the Deschute Pub loyal, Veronica Vega, Assistant Brewmaster and brewing team upped the recipe a bit, and then aged it in sherry, pinot and bourbon barrels. Think of it as an extra, extra special bitter.

Deschutes The Specialist is a Pub Reserve release, only available in 22 oz bottles at Deschutes’ locations.

Style: E.S.B. (Barrel Aged. Sherry, Bourbon, Wine Barrel Aged)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Release: February, 2015

10% ABV, 44 IBUs