Vote for your favorite Baltimore Beer, round by round.
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!
HOPPY AND BITTER vs. FUNKY AND STRONG
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.