Shiver me friggin' timbers (sorry, just could pass it up.) It looks like Birmingham is going to get it's first batch of Clipper City Brewing Co's Heavy Seas line of beers starting November 4th. The Heavy Seas line of beers are all greater than 7.0% ABV. There are 3 year round beers in this line: Loose Cannon American Hop3 ale, Peg Leg - Imperial Stout, and Small Craft Warning - Uber-Pils.
Loose Cannon is a burnt gold IPA that contains over 3 pounds of hops per barrel either via kettle, hop back, or dry hopping. This beer currently is rated a 98 over at RateBeer.com. 7.25% ABV
Peg Leg is an 8% deep mahogany imperial stout with aromas of roasted coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Subtly hopped with Styrian Goldings, Fuggles, Magnum & Amarillo.
Small Craft Warning is classified as a imperial Pils/Strong Pale Lager that is pale with a strong malt backbone balanced with noble hops.
The Heavy Seas line also includes 5 season brews listed by calendar availability; February 9% Belgian Abbey style called Holy Sheet, late April is Red Sky at Night a Belgian style saison, July is the 10% German weizen Doppelbock called Hang Ten, October brings the Winter Storm, Thanksgiving finishes up the lineup with the 10% Below Decks barleywine.
Clipper City is also pretty well known for their cask ales. Hopefully we will begin to see a wide variety of their brews, whether cask, Clipper, Mutiny, or Pyrate fleet, in the Birmingham area very soon. I'm sure you'll be able to find a nice selection of these beers at the JClyde starting in early November (no, we're not paid to advertise for the bar.) We believe that a pirate themed party is in order to celebrate the arrival of yet another great brew. Here's to Birmingham and craft beer! IH