1989 was a special year for craft beer in Maryland.
An 8-barrel brewhouse was installed in a small Baltimore, Maryland, restaurant, and with that act, Sisson's Restaurant & Brewery became the very first brewpub to operate in Maryland, since the repeal of Prohibition. (That year, in fact, the total number of brewpubs open in adjoining Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, was zero.)
Eleven years later, in 2000, Sisson's would be sold, and the brewing equipment would stand fallow for several months (which is when this photo was taken).
In 2002, the pub would be sold again, and remodeled as Ryleigh's Oyster. In 2005, the brewing equipment was removed and sold to Mountaineer Brewing of West Virginia (which itself closed in 2011).
- If the name Sisson sounds familiar, it's because Hugh Sisson —once brewer and general manager at his family's eponymous restaurant— is the the founder of Heavy Seas Brewing, a production brewery located just south of Baltimore in Halethorpe, Maryland.
- Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virgina— I sell the beers of Heavy Seas.
- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as subject. Commercial use requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.