Heavy Seas Beer

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Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

4615 Hollins Ferry Rd, Ste B
Halethorpe, Maryland, 21227-4624
United States

(410) 247-7822 | map

Notes: Brewery:
Beer takes us on adventures. It allows us to discover new flavors and cultures.
Our quest for great beer can lead anywhere, from corner pubs to faraway breweries. For Heavy Seas founder, Hugh Sisson, beer altered the trajectory of his life. In 1980, intending to become a stage actor and director, Hugh's plan was to move to NYC after completing his course work for a masters degree in theater. Hugh's father, Albert, a Baltimore area businessman, persuaded him instead to come "help" at a newly opened family business, a tavern called Sisson's. When Hugh showed up to start what he assumed would be a short-term position, his father tossed him the keys to the pub, said "OK, don't f*** up!" and walked out the door.

Our mission:
To sail new brewing horizons, guided by the winds of traditions, and driven by the quest for adventure. Born near the harbor of Baltimore and raised in the spirit of exploration. Heavy Seas has been independently brewed since 1995. We strive to craft brews that capture your sense of adventure.

Fearless. Bold. Independent.

Put the wind at your back and enjoy the Heavy Seas.
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GaryJohnson from Ohio

1.9/5  rDev -53.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1

This is a post-fermentation flavored alcohol product ... not what I consider a beer. Over-the-top flavors. Might as well go for the Segrams 'wine' cooler !

Dec 18, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Vibe - they are going to expand so the vibe might be better soon but for now it’s prettt blah
Quality - pretty good beers
Service - very friendly
Selection - good variety but only about 10 beers on tap

Oct 03, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Alright place to stop by if you're in the neighborhood. I've had plenty of Heavy Seas beers and they're not one of my favorite breweries but they can brew a pretty good beer now and then and this visit was no exception (the cask IPA was great). The bartenders are pretty cool and it's a very laid back atmosphere that is conducive to chillin' and drinkin'.

Aug 07, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I've visited several times over the last year, a couple of times with my wife, who isn't a beer fan but enjoyed the tour and always has a pint of Pounder pilsner. We've also been with another couple for kegs and eggs on Sunday morning. I have taken my Dad to hang out and have a burger and I've stopped in just to stock up and grab a quick pint. Every time has been enjoyable.

The service has been prompt and friendly. There are usually 8 beers on tap and 2 on cask and I generally get something from the cask when I'm there. The tap room is small but friendly with a decent sized outside deck area (enclosed in the colder months) that attaches the tap room to the family run food bus, which is always there. The bus is painted like a ship to match the Heavy Seas/ tap room theme. They use spent grain from the brewery to make pizza and pretzels and have pretty good burgers as well.

I always leave with at least a few bombers of limited release beers when I'm there. This place is worth a visit if you are in the area.

Mar 11, 2017
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J1moyer from Maryland

5/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I met Annapolis Home Brew at Heavy Sea Beer for tour of the brewery. Hugh Sisson, Founder and Managing Partner, hosted the tour. I would recommend attending the tour. For $5 you can get a souvenir pint glass and 4 beer samples.

Dec 21, 2015
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PlatonicOtterLuv from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Modest taproom at the production brewery actually has a sweet, traditional bar that complements the pirate-themed industrial space well. Staff is excellent and knowledgable, and it was swell to get there at the shift end so we could chat with the brewers for a bit over a pint.

Seven taps, two casks, bottles and growlers and cases to-go. Loose Cannon and their big stouts were fantastic. Colorful branding, some sweet paintings and tacky pirate decor everywhere. Tiny parking lot, but its right off of 695 and 895; very easy to get to from Bmore or Annapolis. They schedulw tours in advance but were full during our impromptu vist. Will definitely drop by if we're driving through the area again!

Aug 27, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The brewery is located close to I-95, and so it is very accessible. There is a laid back atmosphere, but it is a pleasant place to have a pint of Loose Cannon!

Aug 15, 2015
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TominGermany from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Visited their taproom early on a Friday afternoon. It was almost empty so I had the server almost all to myself. She was very helpful explaining what they had on tap and all my other questions about their brewery. The brewery was easy to get to and had a nice beer garden on the outside. While this is my first taproom I visited since my return from Germany I think it may be a hard one to beat. Doesn't mean I won't try other ones in the region but now I have something to compare them to.

Aug 07, 2015
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Always enjoyed Heavy Seas brews. Nice low key atmosphere, good music, good selection on tap...mundane service. Effecient but borderline unfriendly, not only to me, but others as I observed. (Update 5/24/17)
Service has gotten much better and friendly faces are inviting you in the door...

Jan 08, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

5/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Heavy Seas is my favorite brewery in the area. Their brewery and taproom are located in an old warehouse building. Tours are free and you can pay $5 for a pint glass and 5 beer samples. Maryland has a definite shortage of quality breweries and Heavy Seas is doing great things.

Jun 26, 2014
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thomda11 from California

4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This was my first brewery tour of any kind and I had a really good time. The brewery is in an industrial park in the southwestern suburbs of Baltimore--not a place that you would think would house a brewery. The brewery is a bit small, but it was a pretty solid tour and had a great selection of beers to sample. The best part about the place is that for $5, you get a nice Heavy Seas beer glass and 5 tastings. Also, for only $10, you can pay for your significant other who doesn't like beer and get double the tastings and a second glass!

Jun 09, 2014
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

The first brewery visit/tour I've been on, and still one of the best places. Located in an industrial park in Halethorpe, it's pretty easy to locate and is only about a 10 minute drive from Baltimore City.

Tours are offered throughout the day Saturday and cost $5 for a the tour, five beer tokens for samples, and you souvenir pint glass. You have to make reservations online which fill up but if you plan ahead a week or two you should be fine (plus when I went we took some walk-ins with us).

Anyway, the brewery is huge and the tour was fantastic. Our tour guide (Chad) was funny, informative, and offered extra beer sample tokens for random trivia throughout. Since my tour they have since added a new taproom adjacent to the brewery. The overall vibe and theme of the place is very cool and the tasting rooms have plenty of cool merchandise and swag. Every employee seemed to be upbeat and genuinely excited to be working there.

I think they had eight or so beers on tap to try, along with one on cask. The beers are very solid, maybe not extraordinary, but not a bad one in the bunch. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the Baltimore area, chances are it will be the best $5 you've spent.

Jan 17, 2014
Heavy Seas Beer in Halethorpe, MD
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 13952 ratings