Appreciating Albert Sisson
Albert Sisson died yesterday evening.
In 1979, Albert opened the Sisson's Pub in Federal Hill district, then still known as Southeast Baltimore. Sisson's venture was a gamble; it was a neighborhood on the decline.
The pub thrived however and soon became part of the area's revitalization. It became a destination spot throughout the greater Baltimore area, especially prized for for its Creole cuisine.
His son, Hugh Sisson, added brewing equipment in 1989, making Sisson's the first post-Prohibition brewpub in Maryland (Virginia and DC, for that matter).
Hugh Sisson is the General Partner of the Clipper City Brewing Company.
If a measure of a man's wealth is the measure of his friends, Albert Sisson was an incalculably wealthy man. Many a patron became a friend, after Albert, wearing his trademark large suspenders, had served him a pint and swapped a tall tale.
The family will announce memorial details.
Our condolences go out to the Sisson family. For more information on the history of Sisson's Brewpub, see Tom Cizauskas' notes here.