Heavy Seas Beer to Release Blackbeard’s Breakfast and Salted Caramel Variant

UWS_Blackbeards Breakfast TapmarkerHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that its long-standing Blackbeard’s Breakfast, a Bourbon Barrel-aged Porter brewed with Coffee, will return in February alongside a new draft-only variant, Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast.

Arriving as the first Uncharted Waters Series release of 2019, Blackbeard’s Breakfast is a Robust Porter that has been brewed with Dark Sumatra coffee sourced from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company and aged in Bourbon barrels.  The beer’s English malts provide “strong notes of caramel and a slight nut character” that pair beautifully with the “bourbon notes and the sumptuous Sumatran Coffee.”  Extremely “flavorful and complex”, Blackbeard’s Breakfast (10% ABV) is guaranteed to “please coffee and beer connoisseurs alike.”

To add a bit of a twist to the Uncharted Waters Series this year, the folks at Heavy Seas have decided to treat their fans to a companion series of draft-only variants that will launch with the appearance of Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast.  Just as its name would lead you to believe, this variant infuses the original Blackbeard’s Breakfast with sea salt and house-made caramel.

“We decided for 2019 that we wanted to produce some draft-only ‘twists’ on some of our Uncharted Waters beers,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “The first one is a Salted Caramel version of Blackbeard’s Breakfast, our Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Porter. We add cold brewed coffee after barrel aging when we produce this beer. So, we put some of the barrel-aged, non-coffee Blackbeard’s Breakfast into a tank with house-made caramel and imported sea salt. The non-coffee, variant of Blackbeard’s Breakfast has a more pronounced vanilla flavor and aroma, along with a rich toffee, caramel flavor that is balanced nicely with the hint of salt. There are still some coffee-like roasted notes, but they provide a much subtler layer to the flavor profile.”

Both versions of Blackbeard’s Breakfast release in February and will hang around as long as supplies last.  The original Blackbeard’s Breakfast will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas’ distribution territory.  The draft only Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast will see limited distribution to the following states: Maryland, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Ohio. Prost!

Vital Information for Blackbeard’s Breakfast from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, February 2019
Style – Imperial Porter
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 40
Malts – UK Pale, UK Amber, Vienna, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Malt & Black Malt
Hops – Target & UK Goldings
Added Ingredients – Dark Sumatra coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

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Heavy Seas Beer Set for Limited Release of Citra Cannon IPA

citracannontapmarkerHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Citra Cannon IPA in February.

Originally released as a part of Heavy Seas’ Single Cannon Series, Citra Cannon is a single hop American India Pale Ale brewed with 100% Citra hops.  Coming in at 6% ABV and 50 IBUs, Citra Cannon offers an “intense hop experience” that is “hazy, juicy, and packed full of dank aroma and Citra hop flavor.”

Citra Cannon IPA will officially release in February 2019 and stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Citra Cannon IPA from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited, February 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 50
Hops – Citra
Malts – 2-Row, Munich & Caramalt
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer Unveils 2019 Product Portfolio

45718056452_40d9331d94_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has provided craft beer fans a look at the year ahead with the release of the brewery’s 2019 Product Portfolio.

Just as we do with all posts concerning release calendars, we have listed the entire Heavy Seas 2019 Product Portfolio below for you to peruse at your own pace.  With that said, there are few juicy details that we need to go over first.  We promise to be brief, so let’s go ahead and knock it out:

  • Heavy Seas will introduce three new Limited Release offerings in 2019: Citra Cannon IPA (February), Sun Burst Sour Ale (July), and Night Swell Dark IPA (October).
  • The brewery’s “Uncharted Waters” Series will get a new addition with the June release of Red Flag Barrel-aged Sour Ale. 
  • Three long-standing Uncharted Waters” offerings – Blackbeard’s Breakfast (February), Great’er Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale (September) and Siren Noire (November) – will be accompanied by draft-only variants in 2019:  Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast, Great’er Pumpkin Latte and Coconut Siren Noire.
  • Heavy Seas will continue its tradition of releasing an Anniversary Ale at end of each year with the release of “24” in 2019.  “24” will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.  The style of “24” Anniversary Ale will be determined later in the year.
  • The Cannon Crew Sampler – available in both 12 oz. bottle and 12 oz. can formats – will be available Year-Round and contain all four Cannon Crew beers: Loose Cannon IPA, TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Double Cannon Double IPA, and AmeriCannon Pale Ale.  Due to this development, Double Cannon will now be available in 12 oz. cans in both the sampler pack and its own 6-packs.
  • The Heavy Seas small-batch beer program will continue to provide 16 oz. can releases along with draft availability in 2019.  These limited release beers will continue to be available throughout the year exclusively in the Heavy Seas Taproom at the brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. Each beer style will not be announced until closer to its release date.

Alright . . . that’s everything that we wanted to gloss over, but there is still plenty to discover in portfolio below.  Give it a good look and start getting excited about all the new Heavy Seas brews headed your way in 2019.  Prost!

2019 Product Portfolio for Heavy Seas Beer

Year-Round

  • Loose Cannon IPA
  • TropiCannon Citrus IPA
  • Double Cannon Double IPA
  • AmeriCannon Double Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale
  • Pounder Pilsner
  • Peg Leg Imperial Stout
  • Gold Ale – draft only
  • Powder Monkey Pale Ale (draft only)
  • Cutlass Vienna-Style Lager (draft only)

Limited Release

  • February | Citra Cannon IPA 
  • April | Smooth Sail Wheat Ale 
  • April | Smooth Sail Mixed Berry (draft only)
  • July | Sun Burst Sour Ale
  • October | Night Swell Dark IPA 
  • December | 24 Anniversary (Style TBD) 

“Uncharted Waters” Series

  • February | Blackbeard’s Breakfast Imperial Coffee Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels 
  • February | Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast (draft only)
  • June | Red Flag Barrel-aged Sour Ale 
  • September | Great’er Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • September | Great’er Pumpkin Latte (draft only)
  • November | Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • November | Coconut Siren Noire (draft only)

Samplers (Year-Round)

  • Cannon Crew Bottle Sampler
  • Cannon Crew Can Sampler

Samplers (Limited Release)

  • April | Summer of the Pirate Can Sampler: Smooth Sail, TropiCannon, Loose Cannon 
  • August | Drink Like a Pirate Can Sampler: Sun Burst, TropiCannon, Loose Cannon

Heavy Seas 23 Anniversary Ale – Triple IPA Slated for December Release

45845861311_fd816b16c6_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the limited release of its 23 Anniversary Ale – Triple IPA in early December.

Dropping as the first Heavy Seas offering to be packaged in a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans with PSLs (pressure sensitive labels), 23 Anniversary Ale is a Triple India Pale Ale featuring an “enormous amount of Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, and Cascade hops.”  With these hops employed in the boil, the hopback and in a triple dry-hop, this juicy Triple IPA is guaranteed to “absolutely destroy your palate with hop flavor.”

“A beast of a beer, the subtle hop aromas belie its depth and power,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “Over tones of berry and melon blend with some tropical fruit and white grape notes to intrigue without overpowering. A hint of cracker, candi sugar and toffee lead into brown sugar, pine and more tropical fruit flavors. A warming, semi-dry finish with lingering berry and citrus flavors, completes the 23 experience.”

23 Anniversary Ale – Triple IPA is scheduled to debut in the brewery’s Tap Room on December 7 when Heavy Seas hosts its 23rd Anniversary Party and will also enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in the following states: Maryland, Florida, Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Ohio, and North Carolina.  Prost!

Vital Information for 23 Anniversary Ale – Triple IPA from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; December 7, 2018
Style – Triple India Pale Ale
ABV – 11.5%
IBUs – 85
Hops – Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic & Cascade
Malts – 2-Row, Munich & Caramalt
Fun Fact – “The 23 label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Owen Murphy of One Drop Design Studio.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Maryland, Florida, Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Ohio & North Carolina

 

Heavy Seas Beer Adds Schnee Boot Eisbock to Uncharted Waters Series

44912242724_50d3136cfe_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will introduce Schnee Boot, an Eisbock aged in bourbon barrels, in November 2018 as the newest addition to the brewery’s Uncharted Waters Series.

Here to claim the distinction of being “the strongest beer . . .  ever created” by Heavy Seas Beer, Schnee Boot is a 13% ABV Eisbock that is “dark, malty, and roasty with hints of cocoa, vanilla, and dark fruits.  This beast of a lager gets additional complexity from bourbon barrel aging.”

Schnee Boot will debut in November and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Schnee Boot from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, November 2018
Style – Eisbock 
ABV – 13%
IBUs – 25
Malts – 2-Row, Dark Munich, Light CaraMunich, Dark CaraMunich, Special X, Chocolate Malt & Dextrose
Hops – German Perle & Hallertau Mittlefrue
Fun Fact – “Inspired by Antarctic exploration, Schnee Boot (Snow Boat) is the vessel to transport you to a far away tundra.”

Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer Sends Word of Approaching Winter Storm

37063461775_31db6d8dcb_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has announced that Winter Storm Imperial ESB will officially begin its annual Limited Release in October.

Meant to be a bit of a change of pace from the Porters and Stouts that typically dominate during the fall and winter months, Winter Storm is an Imperial Extra Special Bitter (ESB) that employs the use of “hops from the West Coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness.”  With “a mix of pale and darker malts” rounding things out with a “tawny color and . . . bigger body”, Winter Storm (7.5% ABV) comes together to be “a perfect beer for fall, especially because of its warming qualities.”

“It was our first international gold medal winning beer,” says Hugh Sisson, Founder of Heavy Seas Beer. “And I’m not supposed to say it, but I think it may be my favorite beer!”

Winter Storm will make landfall in October and hang around through December 2018.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Winter Storm Imperial ESB from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited, October – December 2018
Style – Imperial Extra Special Bitter
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 50 
Hops – Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade & Centennial
Malts – 2-row, Crystal, Caramalt & Chocolate Malt
Suggested Food Pairings – “Brie or Havarti cheese, pan-seared steak, barbecued pork”
Recommended Glassware – Imperial Pint or Snifter 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer Welcomes Fall with the Limited Release of Great’er Pumpkin

29536666227_99f655ac3c_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has announced that Great’er Pumpkin, a Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale, will return for a limited time beginning in September.

Back to claim its rightful place in the Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters Series, Great’er Pumpkin is a “rich, deep burnished orange” Imperial Pumpkin Ale that offers “aromas of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove. . ., while British crystal malt, brown sugar, and pumpkin add a sense of weight and body.”  Bourbon barrel-aging is then employed to finish off the Great’er Pumpkin (10% ABV) with added “notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon.”

Great’er Pumpkin is rolling out now and is expected to hang around through October 2018.  You can find this Limited Release in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles – a new packaging format for Uncharted Waters offerings in 2018 – and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Great’er Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, September – October 2018
Style – Pumpkin Ale
ABV – 10%
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer Offers Pinot Noir Barrel-aged Grand Crew as Newest Uncharted Waters Offering

29009534828_1fff6d3175_kHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has announced that it will officially release Grand Crew, a red wine barrel-aged Belgian Amber ‘Grand Cru’, in July as its first new Uncharted Waters Series beer of 2018.

Developed to serve as Heavy Seas’ Grand Cru (a wine term typically applied to an offering of superior grade or quality), Grand Crew is a Belgian-style Amber Ale that has been “brewed with six different Belgian malts, light- and amber- candi syrup (which helps provide the lighter mouthfeel), and a Belgian yeast blend of three different attenuative strains.”  Since all Uncharted Waters beers are influenced by barrels/wood, this offering was then sent to age for eight months in Pinot Noir barrels.  This treatment ultimately produced a sophisticated, 8.5% ABV Grand Crew that supplies its drinker with “subtle hints of dark fruit and oak entwined with the toasty, biscuity, spicy Belgian character, while also providing vinous, grape, and earthy aromas.”

Grand Crew will officially become available in July 2018 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Grand Crew from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, July 2018
Style – Belgian-style Amber Ale
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 30
Treatment – Aged for eight months in Pinot Noir barrels
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Fun Fact – On packaging changes – “For 2018, all ‘Uncharted Waters’ Series beers will now be available in 4 packs of 12oz bottles, no longer 22oz.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer to Release Blackbeard’s Breakfast in New Packaging Format

39582363490_f508c1dd8f_b_editedHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has announced that Blackbeard’s Breakfast will soon begin its annual, limited release with a new look in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles.

Returning as a fan-favorite from Heavy Seas Beer’s Uncharted Waters Series, Blackbeard’s Breakfast is an Imperial Porter that starts with a base of English malts and hops and is then dosed with Dark Sumatra coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company.  Once the brewing is all said and done, Blackbeard’s Breakfast is sent to rest in bourbon barrels so that it can pick up just the right amount of oak, vanilla and bourbon.  Weighing in at an imposing 10% ABV, the finished Blackbeard’s Breakfast offers a slow-sipping experience that “will please coffee and beer connoisseurs alike.”

To mix things up a bit in 2018, the folks at Heavy Seas made the decision to transition the packaging for all Uncharted Waters offerings to 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles.  Blackbeard’s Breakfast and all other beers in this series will no longer be available in 22 oz. bottles.

Blackbeard’s Breakfast is scheduled to officially release at some point in late April or early May 2018 and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blackbeard’s Breakfast from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, late April/early May 2018
Style – Imperial Porter
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 40
Malts – UK Pale, UK Amber, Vienna, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Malt & Black Malt
Hops – Target & East Kent Goldings
Added Ingredients – Dark Sumatra coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer Charts a Course for Summer with Release of Smooth Sail

26336154237_a7e11bfb62_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that Smooth Sail Summer Ale will return this month with a refreshed can design and new can wrap.

Back and rocking a fresh look for 2018, Smooth Sail Summer Ale is an American Wheat Ale that is brewed with 20% malted wheat and fermented with “a neutral strain of ‘wheat’ yeast to produce a clean tasting beer that is delicate on the palate.”  To up the refreshment level, the brewers at Heavy Seas also hit the beer with late additions of American hops and toss dried orange and lemon peel into the “hopback to provide a fruity, citrus aroma – without adding sweetness.”  This all results in an easy-drinking Smooth Sail (4.5% ABV) that “finishes with a subtle citrus kick.”

“Because it’s available in cans, it’s the perfect beer for sailing, trips to the park, hiking, or just sitting on the beach with your friends,” says Heavy Seas Founder, Hugh Sisson. “It is the perfect beer for folks with an active outdoor lifestyle during the summer months.”

Smooth Sail Summer Ale is set to roll out in April and will be available through September 2018.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in those new-look 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Smooth Sail Summer Ale from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Seasonal, April – September 2018
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 18
Malts – 2-Row, Wheat Malt & Carapils
Hops – Warrior, Hallertau & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Lemon & Orange peel
Recommended Glassware – “Can, straight to the face.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Grilled white fish, Citrus, Wild Rice, BBQ”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.hsbeer.com/beerfinder