Heavy Seas Beer Introduces E.Krispers Cider

EKrispersCanFinalHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) – an extension of Clipper City Imports, a division of Clipper City Brewing LP – has officially announced the launch of E.Krispers Cider in the United States.

Developed with the use of “100% Cider Apples”, E.Krispers Cider is a traditional English-style Cider made with “thirty four different varieties of apples [that come] together to give this cider it’s refreshing taste.”  Cider fans can expect E.Krispers (5% ABV) to offer “a unique bittersweet flavor that’s fruit-focused, crisp, and balanced with a classic finish.”

To ensure that they are crafting the best cider possible, Heavy Seas Beer went “directly to the source where traditional cider apples are readily available . . . to produce E.Krispers in Devon, England under the supervision of Cider Maker Barny Butterfield, (Owner and Cider Maker of Sandford Orchards).”  This decision has made it so Heavy Seas can have consistent “access to these traditional cider apple varietals that are not readily available in the US.”

“To grow the cider market in the US, we saw the need for a brand that will have the quality of a cider made from 100% cider apples. Cider apples have the attributes of sweetness, acidity and tannin needed to produce great, nuanced cider. E.Krispers is made from those apples,” said Barny Butterfield, Owner and Cider Maker of Sandford Orchards.

 

“It is exciting to see how much progress has been made to grow demand for cider in America,” said Dan Kopman, CEO at Heavy Seas Beer. “To add fuel to the fire, we need to establish a new price point that reflects both the quality and approachability of cider as an alternative to other alcoholic beverages. We are targeting price points at $8.99 per six pack,” said Kopman. “This will attract new cider drinkers, critical to category growth.”

E.Krispers Cider is actively launching in the U.S. now and will have Year-Round availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.  You can expect to find this new offering at cider-friendly establishments located throughout the Heavy Seas Beer distribution footprint.  Prost!

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Heavy Seas Beer Kicks Off Summer with Sun Burst Sour Ale

SunBurstCan2019 (1)Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that Sun Burst Sour Ale will join its Limited Release portfolio in July.

Developed to help us all “cool down with a bright burst of tart berry refreshment”, Sun Burst is an American Sour Ale with raspberry and lemon and “just the right hop bite and a light malt base that’s all beer, and 100% summer.”  Weighing in at a light and easy drinking 4.5% ABV, Sun Burst is truly “a burst of raspberry lemon sunshine!”

Sun Burst is scheduled to roll out in July and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sun Burst from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; July 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 10
Malts – 2-Row, Raw Wheat, Oats
Hops – Strisselspalt
Added Ingredients – Raspberry & lemon
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer Sets Date for Taproom Exclusive Can Release of En Route Brut

EnRouteSquareHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that will begin the taproom exclusive can release of En Route Brut IPA on Friday, June 21.

Surfacing as the fourth Limited Release offering to come out of Heavy Seas’ 15 Barrel Brewhouse, En Route Brut is a Brut-style India Pale Ale brewed with yuzu juice and dry hopped with “heavy . . . doses of Citra and Mosaic.” Clocking in at a refreshing 6% ABV, the “incredibly dry” En Route Brut is guaranteed to “set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul.” 

“Our newest creation, En Route Brut IPA, is an incredibly dry, quenching, hoppy brew with virtually no residual sugar,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “Wonderfully aromatic, heavy dry hop doses of Citra and Mosaic hops also provide a soft, subdued bitterness. The addition of first pressed yuzu juice exacerbates the magnificent citrus bouquet, redolent of pink grapefruit and exotic fruits. A fine carbonation and fluffy white head add to this champagne-esque experience.”

En Route Brut will officially release in the Heavy Seas Taproom on Friday, June 21, 2019.  This taproom exclusive offering will be available for purchase in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  En Route Brut will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for En Route Brut from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; June 21, 2019
Style – Brut India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
Featured Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Added Ingredients – Yuzu juice
Fun Fact – “The En Route Brut label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Owen Murphy, of One Drop Design Studio. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Owen in 2019.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Taproom only

 

 

Heavy Seas Beer Adds Red Flag Barrel Aged Sour to Uncharted Waters Series

RedFlag12ozBottle2019x200Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that Red Flag Barrel Aged Sour Ale will debut in June 2019 as newest offering to come out of the brewery’s Uncharted Waters Series.

Surfacing as the “first sour offering in the Uncharted Waters series”, Red Flag is an American Sour Ale that was “brewed in the classic Flemish Red style” and “aged in stainless and then moved to bourbon and red wine barrels for further maturing.”  When the beer was deemed properly aged and rested, the barrels were then “hand selected and blended to create the most complex and seductive sour ale possible.”  Coming in at a smooth-sipping 8% ABV, Red Flag ” delights with sweet malt tones, complex fruit undertones, and a deliciously tart finish.”

“We are very excited about Red Flag, as it is the first barrel aged beer we’ve produced with wild yeast and bacteria,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “Red Flag is inspired by the tart, dry, Sour Red and Brown ales of Flanders. Ultimately, it will be a blend of six different batches of ‘sour’ beer aged in 4 different ‘styles’ of barrels. It’s been quite a complicated, but exciting process. Blending all of these similar but different barrels and ‘fresh beer’ to create one dynamic, complex, mysterious, funky, tart offering has been an amazing journey for us. And, as a bonus, we will be holding on to some of the beer in barrels to allow for some fun, interesting blending down the road. We don’t yet know when or how, but I have no doubt we’ll find a way to use these in more fascinating projects in the future!”

Red Flag is scheduled to roll out in June and will hang 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-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Red Flag Barrel Aged Sour Ale from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, June 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 5
Malts – 2-Row, CaraMedium, CaraDark & CaraExtraDark
Hops – Strisselspalt 
Treatment – “Aged in stainless and then moved to bourbon and red wine barrels for further maturing”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer Announces Return of Smooth Sail, Debut of Mixed Berry Variant

33273043388_e00929ccea_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that Smooth Sail Summer Ale will make its Seasonal return in April alongside the extremely limited, draft-only release of Mixed Berry Smooth Sail.

Back again to serve as Heavy Seas‘ Summer Seasonal, Smooth Sail is an American Wheat Ale brewed with lemon and orange peel to provide a “citrus kick” in the finish.  Clocking in at just 4.5% ABV, the “refreshingly delicious” Smooth Sail is “the perfect beer for trips to the park, hiking, or just sitting on the beach with your friends.”

“With more than 20% malted wheat, Smooth Sail has an airy mouthfeel and a frothy head,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “We’ve employed a neutral strain of ‘wheat’ yeast to produce a clean tasting beer that is delicate on the palate. American hops are introduced late in the boil to impart a crisp flavor dimension. Finally, dried orange and lemon peel went into our hopback to provide a fruity, citrus aroma – without adding sweetness.”

New in 2019, Mixed Berry Smooth Sail ups the fruit factor of its base beer – the aforementioned Smooth Sail – with additions of raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.  Mixed Berry Smooth Sail will only be available for a limited time.

Smooth Sail Summer Ale and Mixed Berry Smooth Sail are both scheduled to release in April 2019, but Mixed Berry Smooth Sail is a draft-only release that will only be pouring for a limited time in select markets found within Heavy Seas’ distribution footprint.  Smooth Sail Summer Ale will be available through September with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Smooth Sail Summer Ale from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Seasonal, April – September 2019
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 18
Malts – 2-Row, Wheat Malt & Carapils
Hops – Warrior, Hallertau & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Lemon & orange peel
Suggested Food Pairings – “Grilled white fish, Citrus, Wild Rice, BBQ”
Recommended Glassware – “Can, straight to the face”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Heavy Seas Beer Sets Date for Taproom Release of Joose Cannon

45718056452_40d9331d94_z (2)Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will release Joose Cannon, a Hazy Juicy IPA brewed with tangerine, exclusively in its taproom on March 8, 2019.

Arriving as the first offering to come out of Heavy Seas’ 15 bbl brewhouse in 2019, Joose Cannon is a Hazy Juicy India Pale Ale that serves as “an exciting twist on [the brewery’s] flagship IPA, Loose Cannon.”  With a hefty amount of oats and wheat supplying the haze, Joose Cannon (7.25% ABV) goes next level with huge tropical and citrus aromas sourced from “an alternate dry-hopping procedure, along with tangerine puree and massive doses of Citra and Simcoe hops.”

“After developing Citra Cannon, we decided we should take the ‘Juicy IPA’ concept to another level. Thus, Joose Cannon was born,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “I was blown away by the aroma and bright, fresh flavor of the tangerine puree, so incorporating it into Joose Cannon was a no-brainer. We’re having a lot of fun with the releases on the 15 bbl brewhouse so far and I am confident this one will make a lot of people very happy!”

Joose Cannon will release exclusively in the Heavy Seas Taproom on Friday, March 8 with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  This Limited Release offering will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Joose Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Taproom Exclusive; March 8, 2019
Style – Hazy Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.25%
Hops – Warrior, Simcoe & Citra
Malts – Marris Otter, Oats, Malted Wheat, Munich & Caramalt
Fun Fact – “The Joose Cannon label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Owen Murphy, of One Drop Design Studio, who also designed Heavy Seas’ 23 Anniversary beer label this past December. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Owen in 2019.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None/Taproom Exclusive

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

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