October 27, 2010
Looking for an “extraarghdinary” beer experience? Then look no further than Clipper City Brewing Company’s fleet of Heavy Seas Beers (www.hsbeer.com). While this brewery is small in size, it’s anything but small in terms of quality and taste. The Lot 13 staff and family traveled to Baltimore recently and took in a tour of the brewery…and of course enjoyed some beer samples!
On Saturdays between 12:30pm-5pm, a beer lover can get a tour of the facility and receive a Heavy Seas pint glass (yours to keep)…filled with 5 drink tokens – all for a measly $5. The tour is about 30 minutes in duration, and yes, you can bring your beer sample with you on your journey. You can learn all about the production and bottling processes as well as some of the different styles of beer that are made on-site. Tours must be reserved in advanced, so what are you waiting for? (www.hsbeer.com/events/brewery-tours)
But certainly the highlight of the experience is carefully choosing how you want to divide your ration of 5 drink tokens (each good for a 5-oz. sample) among the 6 beers typically kept on tap. You are able to sample beers upon arrival before and after the tour. Heavy Seas divides its beers into 3 separate categories: Clipper Fleet, Pyrate Fleet and Mutiny Fleet. The Clipper Fleet has lower alcohol contents and highly drinkable session beers that are available year-round, including the multiple award-winning Marzen. This is the style of beer used for Oktoberfest beers so you can celebrate Oktoberfest every month of the year! The Pyrate Fleet is a more robust line of bottle conditioned beers, typically in the 7-8% ABV range, and includes their most popular brew, Loose Cannon IPA. The final fleet is the Mutiny Fleet, which showcases Heavy Seas’ biggest and boldest beers of unusual styles (ABV in excess of 8%). These brews can blow you off course in a hurry if not consumed wisely…just read for yourself! (www.hsbeer.com/beers/mutiny-fleet)
We highly recommend that the next time you’re in Baltimore you stop by Clipper City Brewing for a tour and tasting. If you can’t make it to the brewery, look for any of their varieties at your local beer retailer or bar establishment…you won’t be disappointed!