Tale of the tape: San Francisco beer vs. Baltimore beer

Baltimore's beer

Name: Stillwater’s Cellar Door

Style: American farmhouse ale

ABV: 6.6 percent

Size: 1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces (sold in stand-alone bottles)

Tasting notes: A flavor behemoth. What hits you first here is a full, fruity saison taste, but the finish is something else entirely—hints of sage and spice (was that pepper I tasted?).

San Francisco's beer

Name: Speakeasy’s Big Daddy

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.5 percent

Size: 12 ounces (sold in six-packs)

Tasting notes: What a beer! The hoppiness is sharp on the front end, but the bitterness quickly dissipates, leaving you feeling refreshed. I could drink this all day.

The Winner

Speakeasy’s Big Daddy IPA. It was close. Real close.

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