I've been getting a lot of comments and traffic from yesterday's news leak about Clipper City.
So let me emphasize more, after a call to the brewery reps:
ONLY THE BRAND NAME--i.e. the packaging and marketing--is changing. They are not discontinuing any of the beers (at least yet) or changing the recipes. The four CC beers--Pale, Gold, MarzHon, and McHenry--will still be produced. Oxford, too, for now--I got the impression that they were still working out just what to do with the brand and recipes.
The strategy behind this is simply market expansion. Right now, Clipper City beers are only available in Maryland; putting them under Heavy Seas will ease their expansion into other states where Heavy Seas is already located.
Hugh is taking a well-deserved vacation, and the people left in their offices are telling me "it's hard to get any work done around here with the phone ringing off the hook", so unless you have a professional business relationship stake in this matter, just sit back and wait until after the New Year, or official word from the brewery (which, of course, will also be reiterated here when it reaches me).