We’re smack in the middle of this year’s American Craft Beer Week, approximately chest-high in all sorts of cool, exciting and rare beer from but a few of our favorite breweries. While you may have missed a couple of great events so far, we’re just getting warmed up.
Tonight we host Lazy Magnolia Brewery and feature their Jeez Louise Jalapeno Pale Ale alongside Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale and a 2-year cellared Black Creek Imperial Stout. Calling this one “Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice.”
Tomorrow, a couple of the guys from 3 Daughters Brewing are stopping by to hang out with us. Along with their Bimini Twist IPA and Rod Bender Red Ale, Hopjacks on 9-Mile Road is pouring a big and rare keg of their 4 Redemption Barrel-aged Belgian Quadrupel while downtown has their A Wake Coffee Cream Ale.
We shine spotlights on Alabama and Georgia breweries Saturday while paying tribute to our Panhandle houses Sunday. The breweries are too numerous to list here, so check up on our website for full details.
Now, on Friday we’re being paid a visit by beer royalty when we host Heavy Seas and their Brew Master, Hugh Sisson.
Hugh’s name should be synonymous with American craft brewing in the way that Fritz Maytag’s from Anchor, Ken Grossman’s from Sierra Nevada and Jim Koch’s of Sam Adams names are. All four men pre-date the storied “Class of ‘88” brewery boom that saw the likes of Rogue, Deschutes and North Coast among many more come to life. To put it into perspective, there are currently 4,400 or so breweries in operation in the U.S. Back then, there were 74.
After being handed the keys to his father’s eponymous pub, Hugh put his passion for beer to work. Soon, Sisson’s Pub had the largest beer selection in Maryland along with something that hadn’t been a part of bars probably since the Industrial Revolution; cask ale.
Now itching to make their own beer, they had one big hurdle to jump. Brew pubs were illegal in Maryland at the time. Solution? Make friends with a Senator and get the law changed!
We’re certainly glad Hugh stuck to his guns because his brewery is making some fantastic beer. While I’m not sure just yet which rare items they’re bringing for our event, right now I’m digging their imperial stout.
Peg Leg is as dark as the depths concealing Davy Jones’ Locker with bold scents of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, molasses and a faint whiff of earth and wood from its hops. Like someone has poured Plantation Blackstrap into a cup of espresso, the flavors are as expressive as the ocean is wide; roasted grain and Warrior hops laying down a bitter foundation with mocha and a touch of dried cherry taking this one on a long sailing voyage finish.
Without pioneers like Hugh Sisson, we wouldn’t have an American Craft Beer Week to celebrate. Stop by, grab a beer and say thanks this Friday.