We have been lucky enough to review a number of Heavy Seas beers in the last few years. When we found out that we were taking a trip to the East Coast, we made it a point to stop in Baltimore at their Alehouse (the company owns and operates a second location in Arlington, Virginia).
The Baltimore Alehouse is located in an old factory that was utilized as a Confederate infirmary during the Civil War; we were informed that there were some odd occurrences that staff had noticed at slower points during the work day. To begin, the Alehouse Chopped Salad ($8.5) was one of the most deep and jam-packed salads that we have ever experienced. Romaine was a minority of this effort, which added rye croutons, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, pickled red onions, chickpeas, roasted red peppers and Kalamata olives. The Onion Rings ($6) were a highlight of our meal; the battle that Heavy Seas utilizes has a Loose Cannon batter to provide considerable contrast to the thick onion slices that are utilized. A saffron mayo asks as the dipping sauce for the dish.
The Old Bay Wings ($9) transcend their title. Where we expected a liberal amount of Old Bay shaken on the wings, the Heavy Seas Alehouse are glazed with an Old Bay Sauce. Before that, the wings are given a beer brine to keep them juicy and succulent through the entirety of the cooking process. The quality of food at the Heavy Seas Alehouse is impressive. We had our drink order immediately serviced and had one of the firkin-only offerings (Loose Cannon ‘TNC’ W/ Cherry). This version of Heavy Seas’ flagship offering was smooth, tart, and hoppy enough to keep things interesting from beginning to end. The Alehouse had a number of other Heavy Seas offerings and gave some love to other Baltimore-area breweries.
The Big Clipper ($21) was a gargantuan feast cooked in an entire loaf of hard, crusty bread. The robustness of the bread is matched perfectly with the inclusion of a sriracha-horseradish mayonnaise that adds a good amount of creaminess to the sandwich. The steak is the thickest layer in the entrée, but Heavy Seas has included a wide variety of toppings – jalapeno bacon, Peg Leg-infused onions, smoked cheddar cheese, French fries, lettuce, and tomatoes. The sandwich is paired with the Alehouse’s own chips, which tie together the plate with a crispy, crunchy taste that is further accentuated with a dosing of vinegar. For those wanting lighter fare, the Roasted Salmon ($22) was cooked perfectly and included a peppery, spice-forward farro risotto. The garlic spinach possessed just enough in the way of snap to conclude the entrée in an emphatic manner.
The Heavy Seas Alehouse has a variety of appetizers, salads, and entrees for anyone in one’s party. The sheer historical gravity that exists in the Baltimore location makes this place a must-visit. For fans of Heavy Seas’ beers, the Alehouse-specific brews represent further enticement. Parking is ample and easy to pay, while the restaurant itself is far enough outside the Inner Harbor that all aspects of the visit will be smooth sailing. Visit the Heavy Seas Alehouse if you find yourself within driving distance of Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Alehouse is open from 4 to midnight on Monday through Thursday, 12 to 2 AM on Fridays, and 11 AM to midnight on Sundays.