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 - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am - 8:00pm

 

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.


Our Mission

We have a pretty clear sense of purpose, make beers that taste exactly the way they should. Every time. No frills. No fluff. We weren’t created by Baltimore’s original craft brewer to be thought leaders, or to thump our chests, or to see who we could outdo. We started this revolution for one reason only: to make ridiculously good beer without any of the ridiculousness.
No matter how popular craft brewing gets, we believe in the craft of brewing. And to us, making beer that people can drink and actually enjoy is what keeps us cranking—even if that means we’re not the one they constantly tweet about, or post about, or get all high and mighty about. Where we come from, really good beer doesn’t need to be something it’s not. In fact, it never should be. Turns out, really good beer isn’t tricky after all. It boils down to a simple recipe everybody else seems to have forgotten: make it drinkable, make it approachable, execute to the highest possible standards, and have some fun. That’s not just what matters most—it’s the only thing that matters at all.

Be fearless: because our risks are what brought us here today.
Be bold: because staying in line with the norms never moved us forward.
Be independent: because beer is our way, or the highway.

People 
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 

Cannon Crew:

Loose Cannon - IPA

TropiCannon - Citrus IPA

AmeriCannon - Pale Ale

Double Cannon - Double IPA

Year Round:

Rip Currant - Ale with Raspberries and Black Currants

Pounder - Pilsner

Gold - Ale

Powder Monkey - Pale Ale

Cutlass - Vienna Style Lager

Peg Leg - Stout

E Krispers - Cider

Limited Releases:

Hydra's Haze - Hazy IPA

Smooth Sail - Wheat Ale

Sun Burst - Sour Ale wtih Raspberry and Lemon

Night Swell - Dark IPA

The Uncharted Waters Series:

Blackbeard's Breakfast - Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Coffee Porter

Red Flag - Barrel aged Sour Ale

Great'er Pumpkin - Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Siren Noire - Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Chocolate Stout

News

2020-03-12
Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, Maryland has announced that the third beer in its Joose Cannon series has been released...
2019-11-21
Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, Maryland has announced a beer release to celebrate the brewery's 24th anniversary. More...
2019-08-29
Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, Maryland has announced a collaboration beer with Reagan and Bethany, from Mix 106.5 FM’s...