Or­di­nance to al­low farm brew­eries in­tro­duced

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — A new def­i­ni­tion has been added to the Queen Anne’s County Glos­sary of the Code of Pub­lic Lo­cal Laws as well as a new agri­cul­tural use that would al­low farm brew­eries by per­mit in the county.

Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Mark An­der­son in­tro­duced Or­di­nance 16-21 dur­ing the board’s Tues­day, Jan. 10, meet­ing, and a pub­lic hear­ing was sched­uled for Feb. 28 at 7:05 p.m.

An­der­son said he in­tro­duced the or­di­nance be­cause “its an­other way for our farm­ers ... to make a few ex­tra dol­lars if they choose to do so,” as well as can pos­si­bly cre­ate a few jobs.

“Since we have so much agrar­ian prop­erty, one more use seemed good to me,” An­der­son said.

The or­di­nance adds the word farm brew­eries to the agri­cul­ture def­i­ni­tion of Chap­ter 18 App Ap­pendix A. A farm brew­ery is de­fined as “a part of a pro­duc­ing farm op­er­a­tion that brews beer from ingredients grown and pro­duced on the farm,” the def­i­ni­tion reads.

In­ci­den­tal op­er­a­tions such as fer- ment­ing, dis­till­ing, blend­ing, ag­ing, stor­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, ware­house, bot­tling and ship­ping fa­cil­i­ties are out­lined as ac­cept­able uses of farm brew­ery ac­tiv­i­ties.

The def­i­ni­tion states pro­mo­tional items and tast­ing fa­cil­i­ties are al­lowed on the grounds as well as or­ga­nized and planned ac­tiv­i­ties.

In May 2012, a Class 8 Farm Brew­ing li­cense was es­tab­lished by the State of Mary­land only avail­able to farm­ers. The Class 8 li­cense al­lows the sale and de­liv­ery of beer to in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies, as well as the on-site con­sump­tion of the al­co­hol, Stan Kosick, Queen Anne’s County se­nior plan­ner, wrote in an ex­ec­u­tive sum­mary to the com­mis­sion­ers.

A text amend­ment, known as TA16-21, was cre­ated af­ter plan­ning and zon­ing staff met with a Queen Anne’s County farmer look­ing to cre­ate a farm brew­ery. Dur­ing the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion’s Novem­ber meet­ing, a fa­vor­able rec­om­men­da­tion was passed to the county com­mis­sion.

Dur­ing the county com­mis­sion’s Dec. 13 meet­ing, the text amend­ment was in­tro­duced and a mo­tion to have county at­tor­ney Patrick Thomp­son draft Or­di­nance 16-21, which per­mits the brew­ing ac­tion.

Farm brew­eries are only al­lowed in the Agri­cul­ture Dis­tricts in the county and al­lows farm­ers to di­ver­sify their crops as well as cre­ate more tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties for the county.

Un­der the Code of Mary­land Ar­ti­cle “Al­co­holic Bev­er­ages,” no more than six fluid ounces per brand brewed can be ex­ceeded, and no more than 15,000 bar­rels of beer can be brewed or bot­tled per cal­en­dar year.

The code states that un­less a planned multi-brew­ery ac­tiv­ity or the Of­fice of the Comp­trol­ler is­sues a spe­cial brew­ery pro­mo­tional event des­ig­na­tion to the li­censee, on-site con­sump­tion of the bev­er­age can only take place be­tween 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Of­fice, the Class 8 Farm Brew­ing li­cense has a $200 an­nual fee.

To view the or­di­nance in its en­tirety, visit the county’s web­site at www.qac. org and search “2017 Or­di­nances.”

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @ mike_k­ibay­times.


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