Baltimore Museum of Industry to host showcase of Maryland distilleries in June

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More than a dozen distilleries will gather in one prime harborside spot this June for a showcase of Maryland-made booze.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry in Locust Point on June 3 will host Spirits of Maryland, an afternoon celebration of craft spirits made in the state’s borders, to be paired with oysters, live music and small bites.

For the main attraction, guests will be get to sample and buy bottled spirits from 13 Maryland distilleries (full list below), stretching from Frederick to Waldorf. Old Line Spirits, Baltimore Whiskey Company and Sagamore Spirit, all based in the city, are among the makers in the lineup.

Attendees will also get enjoy entry to the harbor museum commemorating the city’s bygone industries.

This will mark the second straight year that the Maryland Distillers Guild, a trade group launched in 2015, has held a showcase at the BMI, according to guild communications manager Callie Pfeiffer. The guild has hosted similar events at other museums around the state, such as the February Spirits of Southern Maryland showcase at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, with a goal of focusing on the “heritage and innovation” of the chosen site, Pfeiffer said.

For craft spirit enthusiasts, these events offer a chance to meet the makers, she noted. “It really is the owners and distillers themselves that come and represent their products.”

Food-wise, The Local Oyster will be bringing the oysters, from which The Oyster Recovery Partnership will collect the shells to house even more oysters, part of an ongoing effort to repopulate the bay’s bivalve ranks.

Live music acts and other food vendors will be announced later, Pfeiffer said.

Tickets cost $35 ahead of time, $45 at the door. For $10, designated drivers get all of the above, minus the booze. All attendees must be 21 and over, ID required. Event runs rain or shine.

Here’s the full roster:

  • Blackwater Distilling (Stevensville)
  • Blue Dyer Distilling Co. (Waldorf)
  • Gray Wolf Craft Distilling (St. Michaels)
  • Lyon Distilling Talbot County (St. Michaels)
  • McClintock Distilling (Frederick)
  • MISCellaneous Distillery (Mt. Airy)
  • Old Line Spirits (Baltimore)
  • Patapsco Distilling Company (Sykesville)
  • Sagamore Spirit (Baltimore)
  • Tenth Ward Distilling Company (Frederick)
  • The Baltimore Whiskey Company (Baltimore)
  • Tobacco Barn Distillery (Hollywood)
  • Twin Valley Distillers (Rockville)

This story has been updated to reflect that The Local Oyster will now be the only food vendor at the showcase.

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