Assem­bly ap­proves re­vised bill on brew­eries

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

The Gen­eral Assem­bly paved the way Satur­day for beer gi­ant Guin­ness to open a tourist-des­ti­na­tion brew­ery in Baltimore County and for other big brew­eries across the state to sell sig­nif­i­cantly more beer in tap­rooms.

The House of Del­e­gates granted fi­nal pas­sage Satur­day to a deal reached Fri­day that writes new liquor laws to ac­com­mo­date Guin­ness’ pro­posed $50 mil­lion project in Re­lay and lets so-called “pro­duc­tion brew­eries” such as Fly­ing Dog and Heavy Seas sell four times as many pints in their tap­rooms each year.

The bill would also al­low ex­ist­ing pro­duc­tion brew­eries to keep their tap­rooms open as late as their county al­lows. Tap­rooms at new pro­duc­tion brew­eries would have to close by 10 nightly.

Mi­cro­brew­eries and farm brew­eries would not be af­fected.

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