A History of Heavy Seas Beer

Their mission: To sail new brewing horizons, guided by the winds of traditions, and driven by the quest for adventure.

Hugh Sisson, founder of Heavy Seas, went through immense strides and changes during his years of learning how to manage a business, let alone a brewery.

Wanting to become a stage actor and director, his plan was to make his way to New York City. But Hugh’s father, owner of Sisson’s, a tavern in Baltimore, was able to persuade Hugh to come help him with the newly opened family business.

But 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.” What a great start to a story of how the adventurous brews of Heavy Seas came to be!

Leaving the brewery after being there since 1980, Hugh formed a new company of his own, Clipper City Brewing Co., now home to Heavy Seas Beer in 1994. Heavy Seas today now “produces 18 different beer styles and distributes in 17 states.” The company celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015.

Celebrate the pirate way and enjoy a brew or two by finding your favorite Heavy Seas Beer using our Locator today. And as always, please drink responsibly.

Beer Desserts

Some may think that beer pairs well only with savory meals, but we’re here to prove you wrong. Craving a dessert and a delicious brew? Have no fear, a few of the breweries we distribute for have listed their own recipes that pair perfectly with their brews!

A fan of Bell’s Brewery Pooltime Ale? Also a fan of Cake Pops? Well, they’ve got you covered with a recipe for their Pooltime Cake Pops. Sweeten up your summer days with their Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale.

Looking for something chocolatey? Try Abita’s Turbodog Espresso Brownies, a recipe from one of their customers Delia Davis. Combining a delicious brownie recipe with their dark brown ale, Turbodog.

How about some ice cream on a hot summer day? Give Abita’s Andygator Ice Cream a try! As they say, it’s a “lusciously smooth ice cream…the perfect vehicle to highlight the flavors of sweet, malty beers.” What more could you ask for?

Pick out your favorite recipe or recipes and find the brews using our Locator today. And as always, please drink responsibly.

Summer Beer Pairings

Summer is here. It’s time to jump in the pool and feel that cool refreshing water hit your skin. After you find yourself out of the water, you’re hungry and ready for the perfect brew. Your palate will be salivating at the thought of these dishes and their pairings. Are you ready for this?

You can never go wrong with good barbeque. Beer + Barbeque = Beer-beque. Absolute perfection.

The perfect meals that we find go well with any good brew are:

-Pork Chops
-Steak
-Burgers

Do you agree? Luckily, a few of our breweries that we distribute for have created a few suggested pairings!

A fan of Heavy Seas Smooth Sail? This refreshing American wheat ale, brewed with lemon and orange peel is suggested to pair with tantalizing grilled white fish, citrus, wild rice, and of course: BBQ.

How about Kona Gold Cliff IPA? A brew we just recently began distributing has a delicious suggestion for a great pairing. “Have a Gold Cliff IPA with smoked pork, grilled ham, or chicken sausage to make any meal a luau. It even goes well with dessert. Try it with a piece of moist golden cake and you will have a pineapple upside-down experience that is sooo ‘ono (delicious)!”

We can’t pass up that offer. Who’s ready for that delicious meal? (We’ll take everything please.)

And, last but not least Bell’s Brewery has created their very own recipe to pair with their brew: Porter! Check out their “Porter Beer Cheese Soup” concoction here. And for dessert, they recommend vanilla bean ice cream.

Think you can handle all of these delicious, tasty foods and brews? Find your favorites using our Locator today. And as always, please drink responsibly.

DIY Ideas for Old Beer Cans/Bottles

Recycling is great for the planet but instead of throwing your beer bottles and cans into the recycle bin, why not try out a few DIY crafts instead?

#1 Beer Bottle Vases

We know you definitely have a few bottles lying around after cracking open a good case!Make sure to save them for this DIY tip. Wash out the bottles thoroughly, grab your favorite colored paints, and some painters’ tape! Place the tape around the bottle to create unique designs. Paint around the tape in one solid color. or even try multiple colors in different spots around the bottle! Next time you’re given flowers or you buy for your home, place them in your beautifully crafted Beer Bottle Vases! (No one will even know!)

#2 Beer Can Candles

This one might be a bit more difficult for the beginner DIY crafters but it’s a nifty project that will make for the perfect conversation starter. We recommend finding your favorite scent and picking out a great DIY article specifically for this!

(Or if you’re not ready for this just yet, head over to SpindriftSoapCo’s Etsy Shop where she sells candles made out of Grey Sail Brewing Beer Cans!

#3 Beer Can Succulent Holders

Grab your favorite succulent, plant food, and some rocks to place on the bottom and you’ll have a succulent holder in no time! Just cut off the top of the beer can and sand it down (be careful with this part and make sure you do this with supervision from a friend or family member.) You can even paint the can as well, but there’s no need for it if you want to represent your favorite brewery! Succulents are the new trend lately and with your leftover beer cans, you can start to grow your own!

We love DIY Crafts and Beer, these two things go hand-in-hand with these DIY Tips. Let us know in the comments below what tips you’ll try out and if you’d like to see more of these blog posts in the future! And don’t forget to find your favorite brews using our Locator.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s almost time to celebrate an important man in your life, a true superhero, your father! Father’s Day is just around the corner and we have the perfect gift ideas for you! We’re ‘beery’ excited to share them with you.

#1 Choose Your State Beer Cap Trap

We know that you’re reading this blog because your Dad is definitely a fan of his beer. Well, why let those bottle caps go to waste? Represent his favorite state while also letting him showcase his favorite beers. Place the bottlecaps right in the slots and pick the shape/state you’re looking for! Only $34.95 and we’re sure your Dad will love it!

#2 Beer Shaped Cookies

While he might be expecting a nice cold beer, surprise him with a few cookies to go along with it! Make his favorite cookie recipe and shape them into beer mugs! Just grab some yellow, black and white food coloring and frosting, and start painting on the cookie! We all know what a full beer mug looks like, right?

#3 “Beer” Cake

We know this might sound like an actual cake, but it’s not. Grab a few of his favorite beers by using our locator and stack them in three tiers using a circle shaped piece of cardboard to hold each level! Wrap a few of his favorite snacks in between and what you think he’ll like and voila you have his “Beer” Cake!

#4 Handmade Card

Even though we might not all be very creative, there’s nothing wrong with making a handmade card. Find some funny “Beer” and Father’s Day related puns to write on the card! It’ll be sure to make him laugh and something made just from you, will warm his heart. (Ex: “Hoppy Father’s Day!”)

We hope you enjoyed these ‘Crafty’ tips and gifts to treat your Dad this Father’s Day! Let us know in the comments below, which gift ideas you’ll be trying out!

Bell’s Brewery Partnership

We’re proud to announce our latest partnership with… Bell’s Brewery! We were one of the eleven distributors chosen to help them bring their famous brews to New England!

Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery says, “As we add any new state, it is very important to us that we remind all of our fans about our dedication to quality. Part of the process of selecting new distributor partners is making sure that is a shared passion.”

“We are all very excited to welcome each of these distributors to our extended Bell’s family and look forward to launching New England and New Jersey with partners who share our commitment to craft beer and quality,” she added.

We’re thrilled to be able to bring Bell’s beers to our area! Stay tuned for more information by following us on all of our social media platforms to keep you up to date.

Learn more about Bell’s Brewery at www.bellsbeer.com

History of St. Patrick’s Day

When you hear or see the date March 17th, we’re sure your mind immediately goes to St. Patrick’s Day just like ours does!

St. Patrick’s Day is an observance of St. Patrick’s death and is treated as a religious holiday for the Irish. Many celebrate this holiday, even those who don’t have any Irish ancestry. It’s a time of revelry for many and an excuse to drink and celebrate all day.

And did you know, according to History.com “More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States; New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.

Even though you may not have Irish ancestry, you’re still welcomed to enjoy and celebrate the popular holiday. Just remember to drink responsibly, in moderation and to never drink and drive.

To truly enjoy the fun celebration that is St. Patrick’s Day, here are some ales we recommend!

Lough Gill Brewing Co., an Irish independent brewery in Sligo, Ireland and their Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout.  As well as their Mac Nutty and ‘Round the Clock. Another perfect ale for this holiday is Wachusett Brewing Company Quinn’s, a smooth amber ale named in honor of their founding brewer and favorite Irish-American Peter Quinn.

Which will you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Outer Light Brewing Company Partnership

McLaughlin & Moran is proud to announce our newest partnership with Outer Light Brewing Company!

Outer Light is a craft brewery based in Groton, CT. founded by Tom Drejer and Matt Ferrucci. They opened their doors to the public in 2015 and have made their mark in the local brewing scene by offering a core and rotating lineup of expertly crafted small batch craft beers.

They capture the beautifully simple pleasures of life: a perfect summer afternoon, a crisp autumn evening shared with family and friends around a crackling campfire and more in a can, glass or growler.

Dave Plummer, our Brand Manager of McLaughlin & Moran states, “Outer Light Brewing has already created a buzz in the craft beer community. Craft beer drinkers are looking for quality and consistency, which Outer Light Brewing brings to the table with their year-round beers and an impressive collection of innovative experimental styles.”

Curious about the styles we’ll be distributing? There will be four year-round offerings: Lonesome Boatman Amber Ale, Libation Propaganda Coffee Stout, Subduction IPA, and Cloudbreak Double IPA. They will be available in cans at liquor stores and on draft at bars and restaurants throughout Rhode Island.

Select seasonal and experimental beers will become available in the summer of 2018.

Learn more about the Outer Light Brewing company here: http://www.outerlightbrewing.com/

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Beer

 

We always hear about the amazing health benefits of wine, but what about beer? Here are five amazing health benefits of beer you may not have known.

Improves Cholesterol

A 2016 study by the American Heart Association revealed moderate consumption of beer slowly decreased cholesterol over time. You may think drinking more would increase those results, but the same study revealed that heavy drinking eliminated this benefit.

Improves Memory

Beer contains vitamin B12, which is essential in maintaining healthy brain cells, concentration, and memory.

Boost Problem-Solving Skills

A study published in the Consciousness and Cognition journal revealed that participants with a blood alcohol level of 0.07 or higher solved 40 percent more problems and took less time to complete than their sober counterparts.

The findings found that participants were in a more flexible mental state which allowed them to be more creative to solve problems compared to those who were sober.

Reduces the Risk of Kidney Stones

Beer acts as a diuretic and increases urination. An increase in urination helps remove toxins and other materials from the body that can result in kidney stones.

Aids in Digestion

Beer is a great source of fiber. It has more fiber than wine which makes it a better option.

Beer may have great health benefits, this does not mean you should increase your alcohol consumption. Remember to always drink beer and other alcoholic beverages in moderation. Do Not Drink and Drive.

A History of Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch’s roots date back to the mid-1800s when many German immigrants came to St. Louis, due to political upheavals in Germany and Bohemia in 1848. With the huge migration of Germans to St. Louis, the main industry in the area soon became brewing. These immigrant brewers presented a new style of beer to the United States: Lager. Lighter, crisper and tougher to brew, Lager beer requires more time and care than other styles of beer. In a short time, Budweiser would go from a local favorite to the king of beers around the globe.

Eberhard Anheuser Meets Adolphus Busch

Eberhard Anheuser, who left Germany in 1843, qualified as a soap manufacturer, eventually going on to own the biggest soap and candle corporation in St. Louis. Although he had no brewing knowledge, he became part owner of the Bavarian Brewery, which had first opened its doors in 1852. By 1860, Anheuser had purchased the other investors and the brewery’s name was altered to E. Anheuser & Co.

Adolphus Busch was born in 1839, the second youngest of twenty-two children. At age eighteen, he made his way to St. Louis via New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Adolphus began working as a counter clerk on the riverfront and by the time he was twenty-one, he had a partnership in a brewing supply business. It was through this enterprise that Adolphus Busch met Eberhard Anheuser, and soon Adolphus was presented to Eberhard’s daughter, Lilly. In 1861, Adolphus Busch and Lilly Anheuser were married, and shortly after that, Adolphus went to work for his father-in-law. He later accepted half ownership in the brewery, becoming a partner. By the mid-1800s, there were more than fifty breweries in the St. Louis area. At that point, most beer in the United States was sold in the community in which it was brewed. Adolphus was determined to make a brand that would exceed the tradition of local brews and please the tastes of a variety of different people. In 1876, he and his friend, Carl Conrad, created an American-style Lager beer that exceeded everyone’s expectations. Adolphus invented the label “Budweiser,” a name that would appeal to German immigrants like himself, yet could be effortlessly pronounced by Americans. Budweiser was a hit and eventually became the company’s flagship brand.

Early Innovations

In the early 1870s, Adolphus Busch became the first American brewer to use pasteurization, which made it possible to ship beer long distances without decaying. By the mid-1870s and early 1880s, he presented artificial refrigeration, refrigerated railcars and rail-side ice houses. These technological innovations allowed the company to grow and distribute beer across the country. Budweiser was the first national beer brand, announced in 1876. To market his beers, Busch used traditional, proven selling methods but in a far more organized and deliberate manner than his opponents. He pioneered the use of gifts and premiums, and used his brewery as a showplace for the public to visit.

In addition to being innovative in the technical development of the brewing industry, Adolphus Busch was an expert at advertising and promoting his brands. In 1879, the company was renamed the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association to recognize Adolphus’ labors. The following year, upon the death of Eberhard Anheuser, Adolphus became president of the brewery. In 1901, the company broke the one- million barrels of beer sales mark for the first time, making it one of the nation’s leading breweries. Adolphus Busch passed away in 1913 and was succeeded by his son, August A. Busch, Sr., who became president of the brewery in 1913.

Surviving Prohibition

The brewery’s bleakest period began at midnight on Jan. 16, 1920, when national Prohibition became law. Rather than close its doors, as more than half of the nation’s breweries did, Anheuser-Busch expanded and remained in business. Under the leadership of August Sr., the company marketed more than twenty-five different non-alcohol goods such as soft drinks, truck bodies and ice cream. To prepare for the Prohibition, Anheuser-Busch released Bevo, a non-alcoholic cereal beverage, in 1916. On April 7, 1933, beer was legalized again.

Recovery from Prohibition was slow but steady under Adolphus Busch III, who became president of the company in 1934, upon the death of his father, August Sr. Economic conditions caused by the Great Depression also restrained growth, but, thanks in part to the introduction of the metal can in 1936, sales began to increase. By 1938, Anheuser-Busch hit the two-million-barrel mark. During World War II, the company diverted a lot of its operations in support of the war effort, voluntarily relinquishing its West Coast markets to conserve railcar space for war materials shipments.

An Era of Growth

Following World War II, both America and Anheuser-Busch experienced an era of progress and prosperity throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In 1946, August A. Busch, Jr. became president of the company following the death of his brother, Adolphus III. Beginning with the opening of the Newark, N.J. facility in 1951, August Jr. created a national network of nine breweries.

Because of his leadership, beer sales increased from three million barrels to more than thirty-four million barrels, and corporate diversification was prolonged to include family entertainment, industrial products, real estate and can manufacturing. In 1957, Anheuser-Busch became the leading U.S. brewer, a position it still holds today.

August A. Busch III was elected president of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in 1974, and the next year succeeded his father, August Jr., as chief executive officer, becoming the fourth generation of the family to lead Anheuser-Busch. August III ran the company to build four additional breweries and expand and diversify operations. In 1982, the company created Bud Light nationally, which progressed quickly in popularity and today is one of the world’s best-selling beer brands. In 2008, Anheuser-Busch and InBev joined to become Anheuser-Busch InBev. The new corporation is the world’s largest brewer and one of the top five consumer goods companies in the world. Now, Anheuser-Busch continues to satisfy diverse tastes by marketing more than one hundred varieties of beer and alcohol beverages.