Guinness, Craft Breweries Get OK to Sell Lots of Beer in Maryland

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A couple of weeks ago, it looked like a bill in the state legislature that would clear the way for Guinness to move into Baltimore County was souring with craft brewers in the state. But since the end result was more beer for everyone, a deal ended up getting done.

According to the AP, state lawmakers signed off on a bill Saturday that will increase the amount of beer that a brewery can sell up to 2,000 barrels. That’s an increase of four times the current law. Guinness wanted that high volume for its new brewery in Baltimore County. If Gov. Larry Hogan signs off, it officially means Guinness will be moving in.

Meanwhile, craft breweries also got a fair pour. The smaller, homegrown brewers were especially concerned after provisions were inserted into the bill that shortened their hours. But those were reversed in the final deal. The bill also preserves the right to contract brew for other breweries.

But the craft brewers sound like they aren’t done yet. The Brewers Association of Maryland said they supported the deal “reluctantly,” as it was the best compromise that could be reached this session.

 



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