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Touring Clipper City brewery

Last month, I toured Clipper City brewery with a bunch of my buddies. And for some reason, I never got around to writing about it.

Until now, that is.

Clipper City offers tours at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. most Saturdays. Tours cost a whopping $5 (sweet!), which gets you a commemorative glass and five beer samples.

That ain't bad at all.

Each "tasting" is about a half glass of beer, depending on the alcohol content of the suds you're drinking. The bartenders pour you less of the Heavy Seas Holy Sheet because it's 9 percent alcohol. YEEE HAW!

The tour itself was fairly interesting ...

I was surprised at how nondescript Clipper City's brewery is from the outside. It's in a nearly unmarked warehouse near the beltway. The tour starts and ends in the lobby area, which has a bar set up. With its drop ceilings, the lobby doesn't look like it's changed much in the past 10 or 15 years.

From the lobby, you head back to the warehouse, where the beer is made. I'm not going to get into all the details, because, well, that's their job.

Our guide did a pretty kicking imitation of the honorable and esteemed Rev. Jesse Jackson. But he did tend to be long-winded when describing each step of the beer-making process. Between stops on the brewery tour, my friends and I would occasionally slip back to the bar for another sample. Sneaky sneaky, you know?

All told, I'd gladly recommend a group outing to Clipper City -- especially if you've never toured a brewery before. It's certainly worth the money, and you get to taste some delicious local brews while you're at it.

(Sun archive photo of Hugh Sisson)

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