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Beer Available At Heavy Seas Alehouse (arranged by most recent)
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 6, 2012
44 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 8/20
Echo most of GT’s rating. Deceptively huge place, a walk to the bathroom reveals this. Yet still feels cramped. Extremely limited beers, mediocre quality. Oversauced ceviche. Vibe is upscale suburban family restaurant, self-promoting posters hang on the walls like propaganda. It’s Isolated in safe but run-down location, ten minute walk from anything. And I could walk here every day, but it’s likely I won’t ever be back.
GT2 (343) Riverslime, California | November 3, 2012
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 9/20
I was actually very disappointed with my visit here. The decor is nice...reminds me of a seafood restaurant in north Florida/Fernandina Beach area. The menu had some interesting items like salmon ceviche, but they just were not up to par. Ceviche had mustard added, was served with only three small toasted bread slices, so we needed to order more of them. Served on a tacky clam shell over ice. The pirate decor in the restaurant is tacky and childish. The beer menu had literally nothing that you cannot easily find in six packs all over the east coast. There was only beer on tap that you could only get here, and that was a one-off cask of their Peg Leg on Ghost Chilis, which was awesome. Other than that, every beer was their normal stuff. Their website does not list what beers are on tap, it simply lists every single beer they make. And their bottle list has things like Amstel Light on it, but not a single bomber of special Heavy Seas beers like their bourbon barleywine or anything. It was a bit dumbfounding. I’m not even sure what to think. Upside was that the prices are very low, service was friendly. They do flights, but only of their grocery store beers. No samples allowed of their one-off cask beers, of which they had a whopping 1 on tap.
Pivoyager (72) Gaithersburg, Maryland | July 2, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
While in town to experience Sailabration, an event in which a flotilla of tall ships from around the world drop anchor in Baltimore, a city heavy with its own maritime tradition, I thought it necessary to adhere to a nautical motif and set my heading in the direction of Heavy Seas Alehouse.
Anyone familiar with the Baltimore’s craft beer scene will surely know of Heavy Seas Brewery, the brainchild of local beer hero Hugh Sisson. While the brewery itself is located in an industrial park outside of town, Heavy Seas Ale house is situated on the eastern edge of Little Italy in what was once the Holland Tack Factory. The building evokes the industrial days of yore with its sturdy walls, expansive façade and wrap-around loading deck (for outdoor dining, perhaps?) and seems to be ready to play another important role for the beer lovers of Baltimore.
You enter into a moderate sized room; there is a rather small bar and a comfortable array of booths along the windows, both divided by a line of high top tables. The décor is strictly wood and brick. This is a sprawling establishment, something one will soon notices as they wander to the head (the bathroom for you landlubbers): there is another dining room, the Captain’s Lounge and an intimate courtyard beer garden. Check out the original firedoor, which was manufactured right here in Baltimore.
Of course, Heavy Seas features their own beer – though it is not brewed on-site, offering 7 taps and two casks. During my visit, the majority was from the Clipper City era and there was nothing from the Mutiny Fleet. (Don’t be fooled by the expansive beer menu; most of those listed were seasonal.) Still, I’m not gonna mutiny over this. The beer was fresh and well poured. The service, Dan the Bartender, was exceptional, and the food, made from local ingredients, was savory and filling. The venue also offers great Happy Hour deals, specials and a weekly firkin tapping. (Yes, I said firkin, which is a beer cask of moderate size.)
There is limited parking; however, the Charm City Circulator (Orange Route) runs directly by it. Certainly, a port worthy of your anchor.
mcdoug (6) Middle River, Maryland | April 13, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited Heavy Seas Alehouse for the first time just before dinner last night. Wasn’t yet crowded, so we were able to grab two seats at the bar. First and foremost, the staff was very friendly, attentive and helpful. Our barkeep was Angela, who was super nice and grabbed my wife and I a few sample sizes of a couple Heavy Seas ales we had not yet tried, and she did that AFTER we had already each ordered a pint. The place itself is nicely designed and attractive. We did not dine there, as we found the menu prices to be - like the ales - a bit on the high end. Not "we’re going to price this so high it will keep the riff-raff away" prices, but more DC/Harbor East-esque prices (paid about 50% more for a pint of Loose Cannon cask than at a place like Liam Flynn’s Ale House. We’ll be back for all the good attributes, for perhaps a pint each, or choose a night when there are some money saving specials.
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