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Revised Brewery Bill Passes in the Senate

A revised bill that would secure a future for Guinness in Baltimore County passed on the Senate floor today, in a vote tallied 46-1.

“We said all along that a rising tide lifts all boats and we truly believe this legislation is a positive step forward for Maryland’s hospitality industry,” said Dwayne Kratt, senior director of government relations for Diageo, Guinness’ parent company, in a statement. “We look forward to delivering on our promise to be a supportive member of Maryland’s brewer community.”

If approved, the compromise legislation would raise the cap on production to 3,000 barrels per year, permit the practice of contract brewing (25 percent of a taproom’s beer would be able to be produced offsite), and allow existing breweries to maintain their normal hours. New breweries, however, would need to close by 10 p.m.

Read the full article from Baltimore Magazine.

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