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Hugh Sisson

Host, Cellar Notes

As General Partner of Clipper City Brewing Company, L.P., Hugh J. Sisson is among Baltimore's premier authorities on craft brewing and a former manager of the state's first pub brewery, Sissons, located in Federal Hill.  A fifth generation Baltimorean, Hugh has been involved in all aspects of craft brewing.

In the mid-eighties, Hugh Sisson saw the potential for a small brewery in Baltimore, an historically "big beer" town. After researching the industry at its heart - in Germany, England, and the U.S. west coast - Hugh, with the help of Senator George W. Della, Jr., successfully lobbied the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation required to open a brew pub in Maryland.

After the inception of craft brew in Baltimore, Hugh immersed himself in the development and market recognition of both Sisson's and its beers.  He is a member of the Master Brewers Association of America, the Institute for Fermentation and Brewing Studies, and sits on the Executive Committee for the Brewers Association of Maryland.  He has served as President of the Cross Street Irregulars Home Brew Club and along with Al Spoler, he has been co-hosting Cellar Notes since 1992.

Riesling

Apr 18, 2018
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Although the best Riesling may grow in Germany, other regions are having great success with the ultra-classy varietal. Click the links below to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

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It's a perfect wine for the season and Al and Hugh have their recommendations for some delicious Pinot Noirs for under $25.00.  Click the links below to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

Chablis

Apr 4, 2018
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Al and Hugh give their picks for some notable chablis. 

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Al and Hugh discuss an assortment of interesting wines that you'll want to pick up this season. 

Maryland's Best

Mar 14, 2018
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Al and Hugh give a rundown of some of the best Maryland wines.

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Al and Hugh give some picks for light and bright wines to have on your table this spring.

French Reds

Feb 28, 2018
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Al and Hugh give their picks for some French reds you can trust. 

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Al and Hugh recommend some Ogier wines from the complex Rhone Valley. 

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Al and Hugh discuss some interesting Grenache wines from France. 

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Al and Hugh give their picks for Spanish Garnachas, a red grape variety. 

MERF Wines

Jan 24, 2018
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Hugh and Al give us the lowdown on a new value wine distributed by the well-known Pacific Northwest winemaker David "Merf" Merfeld.

Madeira

Jan 17, 2018
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One type of fortified wine that has fallen off the radar is Madeira. Al and Hugh tell us more about the wine and give their picks. 

Seasonal Ales

Jan 10, 2018

A little heavier and a little higher in alcohol content, these are the beers you want to warm up with this winter.

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Al and Hugh revisit wines they tasted in 2017 that deserve a mention. 

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You gotta have bubbles this time of year! Al shares some of his favorites. 

Shopping Lists

Dec 20, 2017
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Al and Hugh review their favorite wines from this year, which would be great for gifts. 

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Al and Hugh discuss the wines of Jess Stonestreet Jackson, which the hosts say is one of the most important figures in the California wine industry in the last 30-40 years.

Kosher Wines

Dec 6, 2017
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Kosher wine has come a long way in quality and variety. Hugh and Al discuss this list of kosher wines from Quarry Wine and Spirits, and they learn what makes a wine kosher. 

Chianti Regions

Nov 29, 2017
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The name Chianti comes from the Chianti region in central Tuscany. Al and Hugh give some picks from the many subregions. 

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Al and Hugh discuss their visit to Domaine Pfister in Alsace, a region in northeastern France. 

Sipp-Mack of Alsace

Nov 20, 2017
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Al and Hugh visited Alsace, a region in northeastern France recently and they'll focus this week's episode on Sipp-Mack, a producer in the area.

Zinfandels

Nov 6, 2017
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Al and Hugh revisit some trustworthy Zinfadels. 

Back to Chile

Nov 2, 2017
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One of the first wines outside of Europe and the U.S. to make a splash were from Chile. So, Al and Hugh revisit the wines of this South American country. 

Veneto Reds

Oct 25, 2017
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Al and Hugh give their picks for wines from the Northeastern Italian region. 

Oktoberfest Beers

Oct 18, 2017
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Click  on the image for Al and Hugh's brew picks. 

Grab Bag of Bottles

Oct 12, 2017
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This week, Hugh and Al talk about wines produced by folks who are known for something else.

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Al and Hugh discuss some of the winning wines in the Maryland Governor's Cup Competition. Click on the image for the list. 

Odds and Ends

Sep 27, 2017
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Languedoc is in the southwestern region of France. Al and Hugh say the quality of wines from this area is increasing. Click on the image for the recommendations. 

Viognier

Sep 13, 2017
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Click on the image for the wine list. 

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