Label design for Paw Power by Owen Murphy, courtesy of Heavy Seas Beer

Stalwart local craft brewery Heavy Seas has another limited-edition beer coming from its experimental brewing line, and this one is all about the animals.

Well actually, it’s really about the fruits, it being a wheat ale brewed with orange peel and black currant. But the name, Paw Power, is a certain reference to dogs and the brewery’s partnership with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, better known as BARCS.

Flavor-wise, the beer is “slightly spicy,” fruity and tart, inspired by Belgian white ale varieties, brewmaster Christopher Leonard said in a release.

Paw Power is being sold exclusively at the Hollins Ferry Road taproom in four-packs of pints to-go, and will debut on draft at the upcoming Pups and Pints fundraiser on May 19. The event runs from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., costs $5 per person and invites drinkers to bring their dogs along while they enjoy a day of live music, food trucks and games. BARCS will also be there adopting away pups from its shelter.

A portion of the proceeds from drafts that day will go to BARCS, as will money made on sales of the cans before, during and afterward.

“After a few years of doing Pups & Pints in our taproom, we knew we wanted to take our partnership with BARCS to the next level,” Heavy Seas’ associate brand manager, Amanda Zivkovic, said in a release. “We felt there was no better way to do that than to tie in a can release where even more donations could be made to an organization that we are truly passionate about. Ultimately, Baltimore is our home, and we care not only about giving back to its people, but also its animals.”

Paw Power is the third release of 2019 from Heavy Seas’ new 15-barrel system, joining the Sun Blink raspberry lemon sour and Joose Cannon hazy IPA. Owen Murphy of One Drop Design Studio is creating all of the can art, including the label sporting the calm canine seen above.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...

One reply on “Heavy Seas’ newest beer helps the pups (and other critters) at BARCS”

  1. Well anything with Black Current should be good. Best jam/jelly is a Black Current & in England, Black Current icecream is great also!

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