New Brews News - 06/13/2019


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Introducing, 1623 Brewing Company. As far as execution goes, it’s about as good as it gets with textbook delivery. They remind me a lot of Bell’s and Monument City, as each brewery showcases excellence on producing core styles of beer. Simply put, clean and complex innovations of the tried-and-true beer categories we can’t get enough of. 1623 Brewing’s mission is to bring Colorado flavors to the East Coast. If you’re wondering what the 1623 is all about, that’s the door-to-door mileage from both founder’s homes. As for 1623 Brewing and Buck Distributing, draft and package is available for the following territories:


Calvert County

Caroline County

Charles County

Dorchester County

Kent County

Montgomery County

Prince George’s County

Queen Anne’s County

St. Mary’s County

Talbot County

1623 Brewing “Dry Irish Stout”

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Style: Irish Dry Stout

ABV: 5.75%

Notes: We drink dry stout all year long, or at least we want to. That’s why 1623 crafted this medium-bodied, dry-finishing Irish-style stout. This beer has notes of roasted coffee to warm up cooler days, and smooth drinkability to wash down summer nights.


The history of the stout beer style fascinates me. It started as a drink for porters hence the name Porter. These porters were low alcohol, sweeter beers – chocolatey and malty. Porter evolved as taste preference did and drinkers craved heartier, more robust flavors. Since then brewers have added oats, chocolate, lactose, and oysters (both the ocean and the Rocky Mountain varieties), fruits, nuts (see what I did there?), and many other adjuncts. Stout will always be a classic style.”


-Zac Rissmiller, brewmaster and founder 


1623 Brewing “Hefeweizen”

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Style: Hefeweizen

ABV: 5.61%

Notes: This old world-style wheat beer is crafted in authentic German tradition with ingredients that highlight the malt influences of southern Bavaria. This refreshing ale is pale in color, with a pillowy mouthfeel that finishes bright and dry. 1623/s Hefeweizen is distinctively German with prominent banana and clove flavors.


I learned my craft emulating the patient, dedicated approach to the process that traditional German brewers take. This hefeweizen is my of paying homage to the Bavarian roots of our industry. Through exacting and tireless efforts to maintain the highest standards of quality, I believe we have achieved the style characteristics and flavor profiles for the most discerning hefeweizen palate. I’m proud to make beer that exemplifies my roots – I hail from German heritage and I’m honored to carry on the tradition of making a beer style that I love so much.”


-Zac Rissmiller, brewmaster and co-founder 


1623 Brewing “IPA”

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Style: American IPA

ABV: 5.16%

Notes: A Colorado IPA if there ever was one, with a strong malt backbone that balances a bold, clean hop presence from new world varieties. This approachable ale is pale in color and easy drinking.  


In my home state Colorado there are 1,000 ways to make an India Pale Ale, and for me it all starts with water. They don’t call ‘em the Rocky Mountains for no reason – whether we’re brewing in Colorado or Maryland, we match our water profile to the  water in my backyard. From there we chose a Denver-cultivated yeast strain that imparts huge mango aroma and 2-row barley that we mash at a slightly higher than average  mash temperature to strengthen the beer’s malt backbone. And finally, the hops. Mosaic and Citra hops are the stars in this IPA. We balance with bittering Apollo hops and filter for clarity so this beer sparkles. Visibility for days – just like the Colorado sky.”


-Zac Rissmiller, brewmaster and co-founder 


1623 Brewing “Pilsner”

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Style: German Pilsner

ABV: 5.2%

Notes: 1623 loves pilsners for its simplicity. They brew theirs with German-grown Pilsner malt, Magnum and Saaz hops – and water and yeast of course. Clean, dry, and refreshing. That’s it, that’s all.  


We’ve all heard the phrase, “Keep it simple.” At first glance, Pilsner is simple, some might even call it boring…right? It’s the  most challenging beer to craft. It’s your liquid resume as a brewer. Clean, crisp, clear, almost malty with a high hop presence. I hope you enjoy ours.”


-Zac Rissmiller, brewmaster and co-founder