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Heavy Seas brewmaster on Plank III, Maryland's best beer of 2014

Heavy Seas brewmaster on Plank III, Maryland's best beer of 2014

The robust flavor of Heavy Seas Beer's Plank III -- the Belgian-style Trippel recently named "Best of Show: Best Overall Maryland Beer" by the Brewers Association of Maryland at the Comptroller's Cup competition -- comes from a pimento tree.  “It’s the wood that they use in Jamaica to smoke or cook jerk chicken or jerk goat,” said brewmaster Christopher Leonard on Wednesday. “Nobody has made beer with this wood before, as far as we know.” It was a risk of Heavy Seas to use the foreign wood in its beer-aging process, but on Saturday at the Maryland Brewers’ Harvest event in Fells Point, it paid off. Out of 192 entries from 23...

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