July 5, 2009

Clipper City Brewing Company

Producing beer since December 1995, Clipper City Brewing Company has become a beloved business in Baltimore. We were eager to tour the facilities during our recent trip to Maryland. On select Saturdays of each month, Clipper City runs 2 tours for only $5 (which includes a souvenir glass plus 5 generous beer tastings).

We got there a few minutes early and sampled a couple of beers prior to the tour.

Left: Small Craft Warning Uber Pils (7% ABV): A hoppy, dry easy drinking pilsner. With 7% ABV, this pils more on the stronger side.

Right: Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale (7.25% ABV): Our favourite of the Heavy Seas lineup and one that is more readily available, this is a hoppy, big IPA. You can't go wrong choosing this beer.

The Clipper City bottling line...
Further down the line...

The fermenting tanks

Red Sky at Night (7.5% ABV): A drinkable Belgian saison-style beer. This is a tasty beer with good hops and a yeasty spiciness.

The Big DIPA (10.6% ABV): A rich, earthy and hoppy Imperial India Pale Ale that we have seen on tap at a few bars in the New York area. While at the brewery, the staff mentioned this would be available in 22oz 'Bomber' bottles.

We also tried the special Clipper City MarzHon and Oxford Organic Raspberry Wheat Beer (fermented with real raspberries). Although the Heavy Seas Peg Leg Stout was not available for tasting at the time, we picked up a six pack to go. These are great additions to the Clipper City and specialty Heavy Seas lines.

Clipper City Brewing Company is located at 4615 Hollins Ferry Rd., Baltimore, Md.

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