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Beer Bracket!

October 15, 2013

Vote for your favorite Baltimore Beer, round by round.

Burger Bracket: Round One

ROUND ONE: Voting starts NOW and goes until 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17
ROUND TWO: Voting starts 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 and goes until 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18
FINAL FOUR: Voting starts 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and goes until 9 a.m. Monday, October 21
CHAMPIONSHIP: Voting starts 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21 and goes until 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22

Winner will be announced in next week’s City Paper! Good luck to all!


Loose Cannon

Heavy Seas Beer

We often recommend this to the beer drinker who doesn’t really like IPAs: The massive doses of hops used here go mostly to the citrus-heavy, floral bouquet you get when taking a whiff of Loose Cannon?not to an overwhelming bitter aftertaste, pretty much the antithesis of the slightly sweet, piney finish. All that flavor masks the booze (7.25 percent ABV) in this beer, which the Halethorpe brewery has been churning out in increasing proportions since 2005. It’s also the Baltimore beer we’re most likely to see on draft when we travel up and down the East Coast.


The Brewer’s Art

We love its goblet tap handle. We love its golden, criss-crossed can. We love the shadowy basement bar where we drink it on the cheap at happy hours. We love that it’s been on draft in Baltimore since 1996. But most of all, we just love that sweet, malty, full-bodied, funky flavor in the 7 percent ABV abbey brown ale. It’s not the newest kid on the block, but it may well be the best.

Loose Cannon vs. Resurrection

  • Resurrection (52%, 486 Votes)
  • Loose Cannon (48%, 457 Votes)

Total Voters: 941

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  • Elizabeth

    I’m convinced the only reason Stateside Saison is losing is because less people have heard of it, let alone tried it. (I’ve have literally only seen it on sale once, which is when I tried it. Never saw or before nor seen it since.)
    Honestly, don’t vote if you haven’t actually tried both! I had to skip a couple brackets.

  • Elizabeth

    *never saw it before, nor seen it since.

    Typo, sorry.

  • baltimoreme

    Thought this poll was for “Baltimore ” beers. There are a few that definitely do not count. Flying Dog is Frederick. Evo is Salisbury. Duclaw is all over. Stillwater… who knows really. Heavy Seas left Baltimore City years ago…

  • Wad

    Blah. Blah. Blah. Is there anything in life we can enjoy without someone playing the “look at me, I’m smart / sarcastic” card?

  • beerlover

    DuClaw is not all over, they were once brewed in Abingdon and now brewed in Baltimore- so yeah, Baltimore area, and always loyal to Baltimore.

  • Beerdrinker

    Where’s EMBC Dunkel? Or their Pumpkin (by far best pumpkin out there btw)?

  • 400LBMonkeys

    Correct. Didn’t DuClaw move their operations to Rosedale (aka, basically still in the city) a couple of months ago?

  • 400LBMonkeys

    There should definitely have been an Oktoberfest matchup and a Pumpkin matchup. Just sayin’.

  • fred

    Raven Beer is by far the best . Anyone who says otherwise hasn’t tried it.

  • ryan97ou

    it’s back on the shelves. and even in smaller bottles and wine source in hampden. also stillwater is having a tap takeover on the 27th at max’s.

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  • Justin

    Stillwater’s “Why Can’t IBU” is so good! Try one!

  • Jeff

    Full Tilt’s Baltimore Pale Ale is a REAL Baltimore Beer and if it’s not the best beer on here it’s easily one of them…. Have no idea how it’s loosing! Y’all need to give it a try, it’s a newer beer and a Great one!

  • Donald Kelly

    While I think there are better Maryland alternatives for the category, Ozzy to me is just infinitely more drinkable. Stillwater’s yeast strain is just too distinctive and not overly pleasing.

  • Donald Kelly

    You cannot be serious..

  • Scott

    MD is still a pretty small state, and considering the amount of quality beer produced in the small state, it’s quite remarkable.

    Heavy Seas brewery is in Baltimore County
    DuClaw’s brewery is in Baltimore County
    Stillwater began brewing in Westminster

    Cheers to MD beer!

  • Patrick M.

    It’s ok for a contract-brewed beer. Not a great Pale Ale, but solid.

  • My glass

    Union’s Ducpkin Pale trounces it though. Tough 1st round matchup

  • Megan

    Some of these are like comparing apples to oranges! Stateside Saison vs. Ozzy?! I love both for VERY different reasons.

  • RockabillyRiot

    why the hell isnt Pub Dog beer on this list? they have some really good brews

  • Lindsay

    I have been trying to vote on the Duckpin Pale Ale vs. Baltimore Pale Ale and it doesn’t have a voting box like all the others. I talked with a few other friends and they said the same thing. The end results are not going to be valid, since people can’t cast their votes.

  • colonyofbirchmen

    I’ll drink it based on the name alone. That’s a Cure classic.

  • Donald Kelly

    What is wrong with you people? Pub Dog has terrible awful no good beer.

  • Smith

    A lot of people told me the same thing

  • Steve

    Pretty smug reply there Patrick. There are hundreds of beers that are contract brewed or started that way that you’d have no idea about.

  • Alexander Mitchell

    Been there lately? I disagree with your opinion. Like just about every brewery on this poll, they have some “forgettable” beers and some good ones, and if they’re lucky one you may find epic.

  • Chip Watkins

    Awe I love how angry people get over beer. What a great problem we have! Keep up the good hate!

  • Tim D

    Passionate, not angry. Duckpin vs Loose Cannon. Resurrection vs Ozzy, EPIC contests.

  • Suzanne

    It’s because people are voting at work and share an IP address. Only one vote per IP address. Vote with your phone, disable WiFi

  • crunc

    I like Loose Cannon, but I have to give the nod to Resurrection. It is still my favorite local beer. Some of the ones that were in this I have never tried, though, so I didn’t vote on those. I have happy homework to complete (albeit, turning it in a bit late).

  • Ed T.

    I enjoy both Loose Cannon and Resurrection on occasion, but I find it ironic that Loose Cannon is now contract brewed and bottled in upstate New York and Resurrection is contract brewed and canned in Pottstown, PA

  • Oliver Gray

    I think only the canned version of Loose Cannon is brewed in New York because Heavy Seas hasn’t installed a canning line yet. I was there a few weeks ago and they’re definitely still brewing and bottling Loose Canon in Baltimore :)

  • MKRAW25

    This is not fair. Everything loses to Resurrection. Next year just let OTHER beers fight it out, but let Resurrection crown them a lesser lord, or earl.

  • unbelievaboh

    There is not a statistically singificant difference (not even 80% confidence) as of 1pm Tuesday!

  • unbelievaboh

    Disclaimer: these are my two favorite local beers so I’d like to see it finish in a dead heat.

  • wiseman

    I don’t get the infatuation with Resurrection. I find it to be the least interesting of Brewers Art lineup. I can see how it would be a good stepping stone beer for someone just discovering craft beer, but not for seasoned enthusiast. I have love for all MD breweries, but IMO Stillwater produces the most exciting brews in MD.

  • CherylOO

    Stillwater doesn’t produce beer in MD. And not everyone likes American Belgians.