Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Maryland's Rich Beer Scene
Heavy Seas Beer is produced by Clipper City Brewing Company in the heart of Baltimore. It was pointed to by several articles and locals as the best B'more brewer. Hugh Sisson first started brewing it in 1995 and gave B'more its first brewpub. Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA is their flagship brew. Simcoe, Palisade, and Centennial hops make for a wonderful nose. Deep amber, the light head dissipates quickly, but who cares. It's the taste you want. Those beautiful hops meet British-style bitterness, which lingers on the finish.
RaR is "local boys brewing local beers," and they’re doing a fine job. As if the beer isn't good enough on its own, their labeling includes a mysterious little dinosaur swimming in water. It's Chessie, I'm told, a sea creature legend in Chesapeake Bay.
D.C. Brau is brewed, of course, in the nation's capital. Their IPA, The Corruption, is a copper-colored northwest-style IPA at 6.5% abv. And, what better name for a D.C. beer that The Corruption? Especially now. It's good whether you’re watching the Nationals or the Orioles. They make it with Honey Malt and Victory Malt, and a big ladle full of Columbus hops. It's a very nice brew, with more barley to accompany the hops. The beefy flavor is nothing short of hearty.
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