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.

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