From the HBD Archive
From: Chris Shenton <>
Subject: Re: List of brewpubs
Date: 1989-11-30 16:09:17 GMT

Walt Thode writes:
> If you have corrections or additions, send them directly to me at
>, since I am going to be forced to stop subscribing
> to the homebrew digest.

Thanks much! looks like it must have been quite a lot of work; I appreciate
the effort. A couple of things:

> Maryland -- Baltimore:
> Sisson's Restaurant - "on East Cross Street, a few blocks from the Inner
> Harbor, has become the first brewpub in Maryland. Sisson's is serving
> golden and amberales, along with its existing list of about 60 specialty
> beers and a menu that features Cajun and Creole dishes and fresh
> seafood."

I visited there Nov 89 after reading this posting. I was *not* impressed by
the beer -- certainly not enough to drive the 40 minutes it took to get
there. The beer was ``wimpy'', lacking in any substantial body, and not
real tasty. Their porter was the best of the three they had, the others
being a pilsner (I think), and an amber ale. At least it had some taste,
but again, a Bud had more body. Almost no hop or malt aromas either (per
style). I hope they eventually get their act together and do a reasonable
beer with guts and spirit.

> Maryland -- Glen Burnie:
> The British Brewing Co. - 6759 Baymeadow Dr.

Until ~Nov 89, only sold to a chain of bars, now available in bottles, at
least in Annapolis, MD; name is Oxford Class. English style ale, low
carbonation, nice amber color. Precious little malt/hop aroma. I didn't
find it had a lot of taste, and not much body. While drinking it, I kept
thinking of tap water. I describe it as ``wimpy'', but a friend of mine
enjoys it quite a bit (he says there's lots-o-hops). The brewer is from
England, and he keeps increasing the amount of carbonation from what it
typical in England to what can keep Americans pacified. He also seems to be
tweaking the recipe in each batch, as subsequent tastings have been
different. I'd recommend drinking this beer at cellar temperature,
although the label suggests drinking it cold (Americanism?).

> Virginia -- Virginia Beach:
> Chesapeake Bay Brewing Co. -

That company went under, and re-formed under the name Virginia Brewing
Company. It's brewmeister, Wolfgang Roth, was educated in German beer
institutes and produces a *fantastic* pair of brews -- Gold Cup Pilsner and
Virginia Native Dopplebock. The pilsner is about as from from Urquell as
you can imagine -- nice sharp hop bite, lots of body; a well balanced but
but by no means delicate brew. Virginia Native is a heavy thirst-quenching
brew with (again) lots of body, and a screaming hop bite and aroma. One of
the `wettest' beers I have ever tasted. Both -- until ~August 89 -- were
only available at a certain chain of DC area bars; Gold Cup is now
available in bottles (around DC at least). I also got a keg of Gold Cup
(wonderful, but pricey), and I hear I can get Virginia Native in kegs too.
I've also heard that a modified Native will be available in bottles as a
Christmastime beer -- name unknown. This stuff has guts and spirit like the
Grants beers I had in Seattle, but is much better balanced, and has higher
consistency, batch-to-batch.

District of Columbia -- Old Heurick Brewing Company
Headquarters in DC, but currently contract brewed somewhere in PA I think
Gary Heurick is a 3rd generation brewer. His grandfather had a brewery in
DC at the site of the current Kennedy Center megalith (what a waste!). Not
surprisingly, the operation went under some time after Prohibition. Gary's
trying to bring it back, and pushing the DC's-own-beer concept. Not bad
beer, either, ``Old Heurick''. Based on his grandfather's recipe, the taste
and color are somewhat akin to Bass -- full-bodied, though not heavy, and a
decent malt/hop aroma. Well carbonated. A good brew, but not stunning.

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