Saturday, February 02, 2013

Pic(k) of the Week: A brewster & her mill

A brewster & her mill

In December 2000, my stepdaughter seemed quite pleased with the second-hand malt mill that I had just purchased for Sisson's Restaurant & Brewery.

Over a decade earlier, Sisson's (then in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland) had made beer history when it became the first brewpub to operate in the state of Maryland. In fact, in 1989, it was the first brewpub in all of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Its then brewer and co-owner, Hugh Sisson, is now better known as the founder and president of the Heavy Seas Brewing Company, of Baltimore, Maryland.

Beer history footnote: The mill was sold to Sisson's by John Mallett, who upon leaving northern Virginia's Old Dominion Brewing Company, ran his own brewery consultation company, called SAAZ. Mallett is now better known as the Director of Operations for Bell's Brewing, of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Sisson's no longer exists. Dominion has been sold and moved to Delaware. That young lady above is now a teenager. Life goes on.

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  • The word "brewster" refers to a female brewer (or would that be the word "brewer" refers to a male brewster?), except that it hadn't always. More from the Zythophile.
  • Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virginia— 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 a subject. Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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