Heavy Seas Celebrates 21st Birthday with New Anniversary Ale


BALTIMORE, MD — Heavy Seas Beer is excited to announce the release of 21, an anniversary ale to celebrate the brewery’s 21st year of brewing craft beer in Baltimore. This Imperial Rye ESB aged in local Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey barrels, will be released in early December within the “Uncharted Waters” Series.

“To celebrate our 21st anniversary, we have fashioned an Imperial Rye ESB brewed with imported UK Marris Otter malt, Crystal Rye malt, local Domino brown sugar, and a blend of spicy, herbaceous British and American hops – to the tune of 65 IBU’s,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “21 will be aged for sixty days in locally sourced, single use Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey barrels.”

“We wanted to create a synergy between the Rye Whiskey Barrels, the beer, and the consumer, taking him or her on a sensory journey. By incorporating ingredients that mirror and accentuate the flavors of the Whiskey that aged in the barrels first, we’ve developed a beer that speaks to the soul of the Rye fan while satisfying the Heavy Seas enthusiast.”

The product specs are:

  • Style: Imperial Rye Extra Special Bitter (ESB) aged in rye whiskey barrels
  • ABV: 10.5%
  • IBU: 50
  • Hops: Chinook, UK Kent Goldings, UK Fuggle
  • Malts: Marris Otter Malt, Crystal Malt, Caramalt, CaraRye Malt
  • Additions: Brown Sugar