“Which beer would you like to sample?” Hugh Sisson, the manager of the Clipper City Brewing Company in Baltimore asked me after our tour.
I hesitated. It was July and I wanted to sample the pumpkin beer but it hadn’t been brewed yet. Instead, I just stared at the taps trying to select another of the Heavy Seas Beer.
“What kind of beer do you like?” Hugh asked, likely noticing the clueless expression on my face.
“Light,” I stuttered, embarrassed by my ignorance of beer, especially since he had just finished explaining the difference between hops and barley, lager and ale.
“Then I recommend the Marzen.”
Obviously, I’m not a beer connoisseur. I prefer wine. But this brew definitely got my attention and sparked an interest in craft beers. According to Sisson, there are 24 brewery license holders in Maryland. Clipper City, the makers of Heavy Seas, is one of the largest craft breweries in the state.
In fact, at the time of our visit, they were gearing up for a big expansion into the warehouse space next door to them. The renovations were set to be completed in September, just in time for their fall tours and events. They are sponsoring the Blues & Brew Festival on October 17 during Baltimore Beer Week and hosting the Heavy Seas Chili and Cheese Fest on November 13. Their special events sell out fast so get your tickets now if you’d like to go. But don’t worry if you miss out! There are tours every Saturday in October and beer dinners held at restaurants across the country on a regular basis. Just to be sure to enjoy your pint responsibly (this beer has some kick to it!).
For more information, visit www.hsbeer.com.