Heavy Seas Beer

Location 
Heavy Seas Beer
4615 Hollins Ferry Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227
United States
Phone 
Fax 
410-247-7829
Additional Information 

Hours of Operation:

Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

About The Brewery

Beer takes us on adventures. It allows us to discover new flavors and cultures.

Our quest for great beer can lead anywhere, from corner pubs to faraway breweries. For Heavy Seas founder, Hugh Sisson, beer altered the trajectory of his life. In 1980, intending to become a stage actor and director, Hugh's plan was to move to NYC after completing his course work for a masters degree in theater. Hugh's father, Albert, a Baltimore area businessman, persuaded him instead to come "help" at a newly opened family business, a tavern called Sisson's. When Hugh showed up to start what he assumed would be a short-term position, his father tossed him the keys to the pub, said "OK, don't f*** up!" and walked out the door.

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Our Mission

Heavy Seas is about adventure, challenge, risk taking, rebellion, and an active lifestyle. Symbolizing a certain swagger, our pirate logo is the perfect metaphor and the ocean has always been one of man's greatest challenges and most inspiring adventures. We love people who have the courage and character to challenge what life has to offer, aware of the risks, and who embrace it anyway. We make beers to celebrate both the people and their adventures. It's an attitude, a lifestyle and who we are.

Climb Aboard.

 

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Community

We support clean water for one simple reason:
Without clean water there is no beer!

Starting in 2016, Heavy Seas has partnered with Clean Water Fund to help in their efforts to ensure cleaner water, cleaner air, and protection from toxic pollution in our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces. Organizations and coalitions formed and assisted by Clean Water Fund have worked together to improve environmental conditions, prevent or clean up health-threatening pollution, and to strengthen related policies locally and nationally.

Heavy Seas is dedicated to help non-profits as best as we can. However, we believe we can achieve greater overall impact by supporting a smaller number of groups in more substantial ways, while focusing on groups that are closely aligned with our brand's core principles and character.

 

People 
Hugh Sisson
Hugh Sisson
Founder

Beer takes us on adventures. It allows us to discover new flavors and exotic cultures. Our quest for great beer can lead anywhere, from corner pubs to faraway breweries.

For Heavy Seas founder, Hugh Sisson, beer altered the trajectory of his life.

In 1980, intending to become a stage actor and director, Hugh's plan was to move to NYC after completing his course work for a masters degree in theater. Hugh's father, Albert, a Baltimore area businessman, persuaded him instead to come "help" at a newly opened family business, a tavern called Sisson's. When Hugh showed up to start what he assumed would be a short-term position, his father tossed him the keys to the pub, said "OK, don't f*** up!" and walked out the door.

Hugh had spent a great deal of time in pubs during college and grad school, but until that point, his entire bar experience had always been on the consumer side. With Big Al's handoff of Sisson's pub, Hugh was abruptly faced with learning the "landlord" side of the equation.

Despite no business background, Hugh quickly realized he needed a way to differentiate Sisson's from other bars to give customers a reason to visit. Having studied in England in 1974, his eyes had been opened to traditional cask-conditioned ales, essentially unheard of in the US at that time. His pub and beer experiences abroad made him a fan of "better" beer, influencing his decision to make Sisson's into a beer destination. By 1982, Sisson's had the largest selection of beers in Baltimore and was Baltimore's first draft Guinness account.

The consumer's interest in beer was growing fast, so in 1984, Hugh and his father decided to explore the idea of making their own beer at the pub. Only a handful of brewpubs existed at that time in the US, so turning Sisson's into a brewpub was a groundbreaking concept. One big problem - brewpubs were illegal in Maryland.

Undaunted, the Sissons - under the tutelage of Senator George Della - introduced a bill in the MD Legislature in 1987 to legalize brewpubs. Much to their surprise, the bill passed on first attempt. Sisson's officially became Maryland's first brewpub in August 1989, with Hugh as the brewer.

Hugh remained at Sisson's until December 1994, when he left to form a new company, Clipper City Brewing Co., now home to Heavy Seas Beer.

Today, Heavy Seas produces 18 different beer styles and distributes in 17 states. Heavy Seas has become one of the most respected and award winning craft breweries on the East Coast. The company celebrates its 20th anniversary of business operations on December 8, 2015.

Beer List 

Year Round:

Pounder - Pilsner

Powder Monkey - Pale Ale

CrossBones - Session IPA

Loose Cannon - IPA

Double Cannon - Double IPA

Peg Leg - Imperial Stout

Seasonals:

Deep Six - Robust English-style Porter

TropiCannon - Citrus IPA

Smooth Sail - Summer Ale

TreasureFest - Oktoberfest Lager

Winter Storm - Imperial ESB

The Partner Ships Series:

Maine Beer Co. - Red IPA

Troegs Independent Brewing - Hoppelbock

Terrapin Beer Co. - Barrel-aged Rye Wit

Stone Brewing - Brown IPA

The Uncharted Waters Series:

Siren Noire - Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Chocolate Stout

Plank IV - Belgian-style Quad aged with four exotic woods

Blackbeard's Breakfast - Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Coffee Porter

Red Sky at Morning - Chardonnay Barrel-aged Belgian-style Saison

Great'er Pumpkin - Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Below Decks -  English-style Barley Wine

 

News

2018-09-06
Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, Maryland has announced a partnership with Virginia Eagle Distributing Company to bring...
2018-07-24
Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, Maryland has announced the release of Grand Crew, a barrel-aged Belgian amber beer that...
2016-10-17
Planit, Baltimore's top communications, marketing and interactive agency, is pleased to announce a new partnership with...