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Pounder Pils named “Best in Show” in Brewers Association of Maryland 2019 compeittion

Pounder Pils from Halethorpe’s Heavy Seas Beer was announced as the best beer of the 2019 Maryland Craft Beer Competition. In front of a crowd of more than 300 craft beer fans, brewing industry members, restaurateurs, and guests gathered at REVIVE! on Saturday, August 24, 2019, Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas accepted the honor.

“I started brewing in this state 30 years ago,” said Sisson to the audience. He continued with a joke about the rate of growth in the industry and the level of competition presented by other Maryland breweries, “you (other brewers) are killing me.”

The Maryland Craft Beer Competition took place in late-July at Calvert Brewing Company in Upper Marlboro. More than 260 beers were entered into 16 style categories for this year’s competition. Judged by nearly two dozen certified and volunteer beer judges, 48 beers were awarded with medals. This annual competition serves to award breweries for producing high quality beer.

Many of the breweries awarded at the Maryland Craft Beer Competition will be featured at the 2019 Baltimore Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Passes to the festival and event details can be found by visiting

Maryland Craft Beer Competition Results

Best In Show

  • Gold – Heavy Seas Beer Pounder Pils
  • Silver – Pub Dog Brewing & House of Liquors Currant Events Barrel Aged Saison
  • Bronze – Waredaca Brewing Company Fifteen Hands

Pale Ale

  • Gold – Brewer’s Alley IPA
  • Silver – Monocacy Brewing Company Clear Consciousness Pale Ale
  • Bronze – 7 Locks Brewing Sandy Pointe Blonde Ale

American IPA

  • Gold – 7 Locks Brewing Devil’s Alley IPA
  • Silver – Smoketown Brewing Station Potomac IPA
  • Bronze – Saints Row Brewing Novus 1

Specialty IPA

  • Gold – Monocacy Brewing Company Riot Rye Pale Ale
  • Silver – Elder Pine Brewing and Blending Stargazer
  • Bronze – Heavy Seas Beer En Route

Double IPA

  • Gold – Calvert Brewing Company Playground Legend
  • Silver – Crooked Crab Brewing Company Excessive Juice
  • Bronze – Falling Branch Brewery Illuminate

Juicy or Hazy IPA

  • Gold – Saints Row Brewing Beating the Kobayashi
  • Silver – True Respite Brewing Company Boss
  • Bronze – Manor Hill Brewing Crooked Beak With Passion Fruit

Sour Beers & Wild Ales

  • Gold – Waredaca Brewing Company Fifteen Hands
  • Silver – Olde Mother Fermata
  • Bronze – Crooked Crab Brewing Company A Boysenberry & Blueberry Walked Into A Bar

Smoked or Wood-Aged

  • Gold – Pub Dog Brewing Company & House of LiquorsCurrant Events Barrel Aged Saison
  • Silver – True Respite Brewing Company It Had To Be You
  • Bronze – Oliver Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Speed of Darkness

Fruit Beers

  • Gold – Manor Hill Brewing Jousting Windmills: Triple Berry Blast
  • Silver – True Respite Brewing Company Peeled: the Dawn Wall
  • Bronze – Brookeville Beer Farm Strawberry Run

Spiced Beer

  • Gold – Union Craft Brewing Ginger Pepper Sour
  • Silver – Brewer’s Alley 1634 Ale
  • Bronze – Monocacy Brewing Brewtus Coffee Imperial Stout

Pale Lager & Pilsner

  • Gold – Heavy Seas Beer Pounder Pils
  • Silver – Brewer’s Alley Czech Mate Pilsner
  • Bronze – Silver Branch Brewing Company Glass Castle

Amber, Dark Lagers & Bocks

  • Gold – Union Craft Brewing Blackwing Lager
  • Silver – Barley & Hops Edelbock
  • Bronze – Independent Brewing Company Newkidson Maibock

Amber Ales and Brown Ales

  • Gold – Franklins Brewery Jack the Giant Killer
  • Silver – Pooles Island Brewing Company Aberdeen
  • Bronze – Rock Bottom (Bethesda) Brown Bear Brown

Porters & Stouts

  • Gold – Manor Hill Brewing Porter
  • Silver – Silver Branch Brewing Company Chronicle
  • Bronze – Franklins Brewery Matryoshka

Wheat Beers

  • Gold – Hysteria Brewing Tipping Point
  • Silver – Silver Branch Brewing Company The Oracle Speaks
  • Bronze – Olde Mother Tempest

Belgian Style Beers

  • Gold – True Respite Brewing Company Two Seater
  • Silver – Independent Brewing Company Blue Eyed Blonde
  • Bronze – True Respite Brewing Company The Plunge

Local Ingredient

  • Gold – Checkerspot Brewing Locally Delicious
  • Silver – Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm Peach Fieldhand
  • Bronze – Smoketown Brewing Station Maryland Rye Maryland IPA

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