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
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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


  • 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