Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House Collaborating With Heavy Seas Brewery
Guinness is partnering with Heavy Seas Brewery as the first collaboration at its new brewery, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, near Baltimore, Maryland.
The collaboration will be two small batches of beer – one at each brewery – based on the same recipe but each being made with a “twist” representative of that brewery’s house style. The beer will be draft and on-site only.
BOTH BEERS WILL BE TAPPED THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1ST!
THE LONGEST WAY ROUND, THE GUINNESS BEER WILL BE TAPPED AT 3PM AT THE OPEN GATE BREWERY & BARREL HOUSE TEST TAPROOM
THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, THE HEAVY SEAS BEER WILL BE TAPPED AT 5PM AT THE HEAVY SEAS TAPROOM
The beers will be based on a recipe for a Belgian-style Strong Ale, made with Vienna malt, noble hops, and an estery Belgian yeast strain. The Heavy Seas beer, THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, will be a rich golden color, with a fruity, complex aroma. The Guinness beer, THE LONGEST WAY ROUND, will be made with dark roasted barley, giving it a burnished copper hue and notes of toasted nuts and rye bread.
Since the first plans were made to develop the Guinness brewery at the Relay site, just outside Baltimore, the Heavy Seas crew have been good friends to Guinness. The two breweries are very close to each other: just 1.9 miles by road, and a little under a mile as the crow flies. Both breweries wanted to make beers together to celebrate this friendship, and celebrate the close geographic proximity.
This collaboration will help build and strengthen bonds between the two breweries.
Some quotes from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House team and the team at Heavy Seas Brewery:
“Since we began planning the new brewery at Relay, Hugh and the team at Heavy Seas have been welcoming and supportive. They’ve given us a lot of advice, help, and have been great friends to us. I think brewing a beer together is the perfect way to celebrate that friendship, and I can’t wait to taste both versions.” - Andrew Beebe, General Manager, Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
“One of the first things I did when I moved to the area to start my new job was pay a visit to Heavy Seas. The brewery has a fantastic reputation with beer that more than lives up to it, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the team and work with them on this collaboration. I’m very happy Heavy Seas is just a 5 minute drive away from where I work.” - Peter Wiens, Brewmaster, Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
"My introduction to full flavored beer came via a hand tapped keg of Guinness Export in 1987. I recall thinking, 'is this amazing roasty, magical elixir really BEER?' The opportunity to collaborate professionally with Guinness evokes the type of feeling one might get if one were to play catch as a grownup with one's childhood baseball hero. I'm thrilled, exuberant, honored, and almost giddy when I think about how fortunate we are at Heavy Seas to welcome Guinness to our neighborhood and brew a beer together.
I've known Peter (Wiens) for a few years now. We met as part of a collaborative effort between Heavy Seas and Stone Brewing when we brewed a beer for our Partnerships series. I've done many collaborations over the years, but the beer Peter and I made was a bit different and probably the one I enjoyed the most. He and I spent a lot of time discussing flavors, hop varieties, non-traditional fermentables, dry-hopping techniques, past successes/failures in beer design, and myriad other subjects that helped us connect each other to the beer we brewed. The beer was as well balanced, complex, interesting, and novel as anything I've ever made. When Peter let me know he was coming to Guinness, I was excited to know I would have close access to a colleague whom I respect, can learn from, and whose company I enjoy. I'll call it foam on the pint of Guinness' arrival." - Christopher W. Leonard ~ Brewmaster/Operations Manager, Heavy Seas Beer