Logo via Heavy Seas Beer and Right Proper Brewing Company

Two of Baltimore and D.C.’s most respected names in beer are teaming up on a very limited batch of a milk stout this spring.

The Café au Lait Vanilla Malted Oat Stout, a 5 percent ABV beer, will be co-brewed by Halethorpe-based Heavy Seas Beer and Right Proper Brewing Co., based out of Washington D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. In addition to seven varieties of malts, along with lactose and vanilla, it’ll have some added local input from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company’s coffee beans.

A release from Heavy Seas describes the stout as a “sumptuous, earthy, mysterious, and decadent brew that promises to intrigue,” and says it serves as a foil to the heftier, generally more alcoholic imperial stout variety.

The beer will be available only on draft, and will be released in late March or early April, the company said. When they say very limited, they mean it: there will be a sixth of a keg and a 50-liter keg, and that’s it.

Heavy Seas is partnering up with Right Proper as part of its ongoing annual “Partner Ships” series. The other collaborators in 2018 will be Charlotte-based NoDa Brewing Company and the Netherlands’ Jopen Bier. The goal, Heavy Seas says, is to “celebrate the pioneering spirit of craft beer today” by linking up with other regionally and nationally known names.

The 22-year-old brewery’s Partner Ships series is entering its third year. Last year’s collabs included Union Craft Brewing, Cigar City Brewing, and MadTree Brewing; the year before, Heavy Seas teamed up with Maine Beer Company, Troegs, Terrapin Beer Co. and Stone Brewing.

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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...