Cherry Hill brewery is back on track
While I was out and about ... I’ve had a few inquiries in recent weeks about the status of Cecil County’s first proposed brewery from some thirsty readers.
It seems that Maryland Beer Company, which started construction at 41 Cherry Hill Road last year, has run into a few hiccups along the way with a change in zoning that took a while and professional services taking longer than expected. The new engineering and architecture plans are required before the county will issue a building permit under the rezoning status of business intensive.
But, the owners tell me they expect to get the building permit within the week so they can resume work on the project.
The federal government approved their brewery license July 25, but they also need state approval for the license, which is in process.
Meanwhile, owners Scott McCardle, Kevin Taylor and Jessica Fincham, are eager to get to work, after revising their targeted opening date until sometime in November.
They have seven beers already in the works with the ultimate goal of offering 21 craft beers brewed and sold at their new facility, as well as through several local and regional liquor stores and restaurants.
A sampling of their labels include: 1812 Pale Ale, Black-eyed Mary (a chocolate porter) and Sunset Sassafras (a Belgium).
McCardle, who is the brewmaster, doesn’t want to give too much away yet, so others will be revealed later.
As soon as they get the building permit, construction will begin on a 40-by-25- foot tasting room added to the existing building, along with a covered deck. They anticipate to be able to seat about 65 people. Adjacent parking will also be provided for customers.
“We’re going to start small, using a two barrel system to perfect brews and start limited production,” McCardle said, noting that two barrels will produce a total of 62 gallons, but the owners hope to increase production to 20 barrels next spring.
Stay tuned for more updates.
By the way, McCardle tells me their motto is “Beer, Glorious Beer!”
*** Bridge Street Liquors owner has opened up Elkton Dollar Store at the back of the building that houses the package liquor business in the front.
Elkton’s newest Dollar Store opened about two weeks ago seeking to serve residents on Elkton’s north side, as part of the Northside Shopping Plaza.
Management tells me a majority of the products are $1 with a few exceptions. They intend to continue to increase the amount of groceries they carry in the next few weeks with prices that meet or beat larger box stores, such as Walmart. Eventually they will be open daily, but temporarily they are closed on Sundays until their air conditioning system is installed.
Stop by and check them out. *** You may have noticed that two former High’s Stores that had been paired with Shell gas stations in Elkton are now sporting new signage that indicates they are being operated as Carroll Fuel and Mart now.
Carroll Fuel Co., a 109-year-old Baltimore company, purchased 46 retail convenience stores and gas stations from High’s of Baltimore in 2012, but continued operating the locations at Route 40 and Route 279 and Route 279 and Belle Hill Road under the High’s and Shell brands until this year.
The Belle Hill Road location changed hands June 29, while the Route 40 location went under new management in March, while both got new signage late last week.
(If you have any tidbits to share with Cheryl Mattix for this column, you may reach her at cmattix@cecilwhig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.)
The future home of Maryland Beer Company in Cherry Hill is awaiting a new building permit so construction can be finished.
A crew works Thursday to replace the signage at the High’s on Route 40 with new Carroll Motor Fuel ones.