Cherry Hill brew­ery is back on track

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

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.)

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CHERYL MATTIX

The fu­ture home of Mary­land Beer Com­pany in Cherry Hill is await­ing a new build­ing per­mit so con­struc­tion can be fin­ished.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

A crew works Thurs­day to re­place the sig­nage at the High’s on Route 40 with new Car­roll Mo­tor Fuel ones.

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