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Guinness Makes Its Pitch to Maryland Lawmakers

The owner of Guinness beer made a pitch to state lawmakers Monday to increase the amount of beer that can be sold at the brewery it’s planning to open in Relay.

The Guinness brewery will draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and help “create a Maryland beer halo” that will boost the beer industry, said Dwayne Kratt, senior director of state government affairs for the international liquor company Diageo, which owns the Guinness brand.

Kratt and others made their case before the House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee during a marathon afternoon of hearings on more than five dozen liquor bills.

The Guinness brewery would open in a former rum bottling plant that Diageo owns in southwestern Baltimore County. It would likely become the home of Guinness Blonde American Lager, a relatively new beer that’s currently brewed by a contractor in Pennsylvania.

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