At Heavy Seas Alehouse, 21 beers on draft; preview the full menu

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Heavy Seas Alehouse opened a week earlier than anticipated last Thursday. For now, the pub and restaurant is open for dinner only, with lunch service expected to begin soon.

Below is the beer selection, which has 21 brands on tap, including several seasonals and will even rotate annually the winner of Heavy Seas' homebrewing competition. 

Heavy Seas founder Hugh Sisson was convinced to license his brewery's name by his stepson Patrick Dahlgren to promote the brand without any risk; Sisson is not an owner of the new venture.

And an advertisement it is! The draft beer list is all Heavy Seas. It is divided into three sections: the Clipper Fleet (lagers & stouts), the Pyrate* Fleet (IPAs, Belgian-style), and the Mutiny Fleet (seasonals).

If this seems greedy, it is also commonplace: the beer list at Dogfish Head's Rehoboth restaurant is also entirely made up of their own product. I haven't seen Heavy Seas' beer list yet; will update the post when I do.  Also, Sisson says he's lobbying the state legislature to make growlers legal at most restaurants and bars, including the Alehouse.

On a positive note: the menu at Heavy Seas helpfully suggests pairings for each of the beers.

Heavy Seas Alehouse' draft beer:

Clipper Fleet:

Heavy Seas Classic Lager

Heavy Seas Pale Ale

Heavy Seas Gold Ale

Heavy Seas Marzen

Heavy Seas Sea Nymph

Heavy Seas Crossbones Oyster Stout


Pyrate Fleet:

Loose Cannon American triple-hopped IPA

Peg Leg Imperial Stout

Small Craft Warning Uber Pils

Black Cannon Black IPA

Dubbel Cannon Belgian Style IPA

Red Sky at Night Belgian Style Saison Ale

Winter Storm Category 5 Ale


Mutiny Fleet:

Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout (January)

Plank (March) (Experimental brews finished on wood)

Letter of Marque (May) (Winner of Heavy Seas' homebrewing competition

Davy Jones Lager Imperial Cream Ale (July)

Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale (September)

Great'er Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale (September)

Below Decks Barleywine (November)

Below Decks Barrel-aged Barleywine (November)


*The spelling is their own.

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