Baltimore County Guinness Brewery Gets a Name, Brewmaster

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Courtesy Diageo USA

The Guinness brewery coming to Baltimore County is so big that it needed its own law. With that over, the company named someone to run the place.

According to Guinness parent Diageo, Peter Wiens will be the brewmaster at the Relay facility, which is called Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House. He last played a role in leading the buildout of Stone Brewing Company’s brewery in Richmond, Va.

“Peter brings broad expertise, encompassing large and small operations and his ties to the mid-Atlantic brewing community will help to reinforce our commitment to ensuring the area prospers as a destination for beer lovers,” Diageo Beer Company USA President Thomas Day said in a statement.

Plans call for the main product to be Guinness Blonde American Lager, which will be distributed nationally. Other beers will also be moving in as they develop. Another system will brew small batch beers to be tested and sold at the tap room.

The taproom is slated to open in the fall, with the larger brewery to follow in the spring of 2018.


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