Tuesday: 20 Beers for 20 Years

Dec. 8

Heavy Seas is turning 20 this year, and that's pretty damn remarkable when you consider that, 20 years ago, the whole locally made craft-beer trend we're currently engulfed in was hardly a thing. That makes founder Hugh Sisson one of the first to do it here in Baltimore, but it also means he really had to hustle to convince bars and liquor stores that stocking a local brew was a good thing. Naturally, the brewery is celebrating with—what else?—a special beer, the 20 Year Storm, an imperial extra-special bitter aged in bourbon barrels. It's basically a Winter Storm, the first beer sold under the Heavy Seas brand—which was once called Clipper City, kiddos—but aged in a barrel. The brewery will toast two decades in business by tapping special firkins with the new beer. One VIP ticket gets you a pint glass, unlimited samples of 20 different Heavy Seas beers, light appetizers, and a raffle ticket to a win a special happy hour for you and up to 30 guests at Ryleigh's Oyster, plus a cask build at the brewery. General admission starts at 6 p.m. and includes a tasting glass, which you can fill for just a buck. Cheers, Heavy Seas. Here's to the next 20. 5 p.m., Ryleigh's Oyster (which, by the way, was once the brewpub Sissons), 36 E. Cross St., (410) 247-7822, hsbeer.com, $20 for a VIP ticket. (Brandon Weigel)

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