I feel this isnít fair to rate as itís going through a renovation, but Iíll do my best to be fair.
The brewery is located in an industrial park that isnít very appealing, graffiti is abound in the area. The brewery is being renovated, but the gift center offers some good prices on shirts, glassware, and growler fills. We were toured by the owner due to a chance of luck and he was kind enough to explain what they were doing. The new tasting area is shaping up nicely and Iíd visit again once they finish. The tasting room currently offers 7 beers, one being a cask ale.
Overall right now I see no real reason to stop in unless you have never had any beer. I saw nothing that isnít on shelves other than a dry hopped Loose Cannon Cask, which was good. Stop in by the end of the year though to see the brewery anew.
Brew tour followed by build a cask with the brewers for StateLine. As soon as you walk in they have shirts/signs and other stuff for sale. Every one is friendly and ready to hand out beer. 6 or 8 taps for sampling. 1 cask. Tour is typical.... we saw the hop fridge, bottle/keg line, ferm tanks, etc... They just purchased the building next to them so now they have extra room and are planning a nice expansion. After the tour some more brew and we helped dry hop a cask of peg leg and loose cannon. Pretty cool that they let us do that and a great marketing ploy on their part. Every one is chill and friendly. Good times overall and highly reccommended tour.
Typical warehouse brewery with high ceilings and stacks of beer ready to be shipped out. Normally only open on Saturdays for brewery tours. Tours start and end in the small tasting room for a few samples and the chance to purchase some well-designed merchandise. Occasionally open their doors to offer great beer/food events and to support local homebrew competitions. Great staff and AHA members can tour for free.
Came here on a Saturday morning for the tour. $5 for the tour and they give you a pint glass to take home with, and five tokens which are redeemable for 4 ounce (or about that) pours at the bar. The tour itself was pretty good, but really if youíve been on one brewery tour, theyíre all the same. ďHereís the area we store our beer after itís packaged. Hereís where we brew. Hereís the cold room. Hereís the fermentation tanks.Ē The tour guide was one of the brewers, which did make it nice, though he said that all of the workers sort of rotate through giving the weekly tours. So sometimes you might get the guy who runs the packaging line who will want to tell you all about packaging, and not so much about what theyíre brewing at the time, or get super excited about the new hop shipment, etc. There are bottles available for purchase here, but at the time there wasnít anything really rare, and no bombers, just cases of their regular lineup. Good experience overall. The workers here really make the place.
Tour session with Hugh. Like others have said heís very funny and sarcastic; yet informative. Nice size brewery that is still expanding. Samples were mainly the year rounders with IPA on cask and 1 special. $5 for 5 samples and pint glass. Good deal, worth the trip.
This place is back in an industrial park. Hugh is a unique person sarcastic and true to his nature. The brewery is not shiney and new... but more like a factory. There is a small tasting room. But the office space is the same area. For the size these guys are, I would have expected more. They did have some good sale prices.
Heavy Seas is only open on Saturdays for tours, or during special events. I have been here twice to judge homebrew competitions and once for their annual Chili, Cheese, and Beer Festival. It is a functioning business/brewery with not much in the way of seating, but that is fine with me. They have been creating some fantastic firkins of late, though their availability is sparse.
This is one of the better brewery tours Iíve been to based on a variety of factors.
If youíre looking for a tour where you get to meet the brewer and talk shop, then this is not that sort of tour. Itís a larger brewery and they attract larger tour groups. Only Saturdays, only at certain times. Mine was led by the lady in charge of marketing. I had tried to reserve it online the previous night, but found that it was full. I just chose to show up anyway, and I guess theyíre not terribly concerned with the reservation process, because I still got in.
Sampling is done beforehand, but you can also duck out from the tour to get a refill, or save some for the end. Itís not a very large gift shop, but you have the typical brewery schwag plus various sizes of beer: cases, six packs and bombers.
The samples consisted of their more standard varieties, and lacked the specialty brews that drive me to visit the breweries in the first place. Their popular pumpkin had come out recently when I visited, and they didnít have it on tap or for sale at the store (they had run out that day). I was able to buy it at a store later though.
This is very good beer though, in my opinion. Even those standard varieties that they have on tap are excellent, but they also do quite a few more experimental specialty brews that are even better.
Typical weird, industrial location but itís well worth the visit if youíre around.